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The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a curriculum framework designed for learners aged 11–16 by the International Baccalaureate (IB). The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools or in abbreviated two-, three- or four-year formats. At IPS, MYP is split between the first three years at the Middle School level and continues at Shortridge High School for Freshman and Sophomore years.

In an MYP classroom, students are at the center of learning with an Inquiry-Based curriculum focused on growth and mastery. Students draw connections between all subject areas, with interdisciplinary learning explicitly linked to the world around them. MYP learning experiences infuse global points of view wherever possible in order to promote an understanding of other cultures, an awareness of the human condition, and an understanding that there is a commonality of human experience.

The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. Students take the eight core courses:

  • World Language
  • Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Arts (performance and fine)
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Design

A variety of assessments and activities are used to inform teaching and learning, providing students and teachers a road map for student growth. A unique feature of the programme is that it extends the traditional curriculum to include immersion in four themes— approaches to teaching and approaches to learning, global contexts, and concepts. Students also complete a community project in 8th grade that encourages students to explore their rights and responsibility to implement service as action in the community.

To learn more about the IB and MYP:

  • Visit the IB website at
  • Attend school meetings and events

Connect with Director of Inquiry-Based Programs Dennis Thomas at