Description of IB Middle Years Programme

Saint Mary’s Catholic School


The IB MYP has been designed as a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenge and develops the life skills of middle school students. The MYP can motivate students and help them to achieve success in school and in life beyond the classroom.

The programme allows students to build on their personal strengths and to embrace challenges in subjects in which they might not excel.

The MYP offers students opportunities to develop their potential, to explore their own learning preferences, to take appropriate risks, and to reflect on, and develop, a strong sense of personal identity.

Implementation of the MYP is considered to be a whole-school activity that prepares students for further successful study. The programme is designed to be inclusive; the IB believes that all students can benefit from the programme.

These fundamental concepts of the programme have provided a strong foundation for teaching and learning in the MYP. They represent an early attempt to establish a philosophy of international education that the IB now recognizes more fully with the adoption of the IB learner profile across the IB continuum.