The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students aged 11 to 16 years old. It is designed to challenge students to excel in their studies and personal growth. The educational framework is interdisciplinary, building approaches to learning skills for communication, research, self-management, collaboration and critical thinking. The MYP emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world.
The MYP Curriculum
The MYP consists of eight subject groups: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical and health education, and design. In Grades 9 and 10, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups, which provides greater flexibility.
The MYP has a unique approach, relevant for a global society
Teaching and leaning in context: Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students explore human identity, global challenges and what it means to be internationally minded.
Conceptual understanding: Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically.
Approaches to learning (ATL): A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning provides the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these skills help students learn how to learn.
Service as action (community service): Action (learning by doing and experiencing) and service have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service – making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Service as action is an integral part of the programme, especially in the MYP community project.
Language and identity: MYP students are required to learn at least two languages. Learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to their development of intercultural understanding and crucial to their identity affirmation.
Projects in the MYP provide students the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned in the MYP.
The community project (Grades 8 and 9) encourages students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community. Students may compelte the community project individually or in small groups
A personal project (Grade 10) is completed independently by each student. They produce a truly personal and creative piece of work that stands as a summative review of their ability to conduct independent work
- Addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
- Provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future
- Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups
- Requires the study of at least 2 languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
- Empowers students to participate in service within the community
- Helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace and a lifetime of learning
How We Assess the MYP
To find out more about how UWC Thailand assesses the MYP, click here.