Transitions from the PYP

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) aims to help students develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to excel not only in their studies, but also in their personal growth.

PYP students are well prepared for the next stage of education, including participation in the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP is taught to 11-16 year olds.

Going from PYP to MYP

The PYP prepares students for the MYP through its concept-driven, transdisciplinary approach. PYP students spend most of their time with one classroom teacher, exploring the connections between academic subjects.

In the MYP, students begin the study of distinct disciplines; however, the PYP’s transdisciplinary themes--along with the programme’s strong commitment to collaborative teaching-- provides a strong foundation for interdisciplinary study in the MYP. Both programmes reflect the depth, breadth and balance that characterizes the IB continuum of international education.

As students move from primary to middle level education, they benefit from the IB’s consistent educational philosophy. The MYP shares the PYP’s commitment to learning through inquiry and continues to develop attributes of the IB learner profile. Careful alignment between the programmes helps students flourish personally and academically as they enter the world of early adolescence.

Learn more about the MYP and how to implement the programme at your school.