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Middle Years (Ages 11-16)

Secondary School: Middle School students learn through inquiry at BIS

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills for students aged 11 – 16 years. The five-year programme offers an educational approach that encompasses traditional school subjects, while putting teaching and learning into global contexts. Our MYP students develop skills that help them “learn how to learn” through the Approaches to Learning and explore larger issues by connecting ideas from various subjects into relevant concepts. The MYP follows naturally from the Primary Years Programme and serves as excellent preparation for the Diploma Programme.

Students at this age - early puberty to mid-adolescence - are in a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development. This is a time of uncertainty, sensitivity, resistance and questioning. A school needs to provide each student with clear discipline, relevant skills and challenging standards, but also with creativity and flexibility. At the same time, students need to develop a personal value system by which to guide their own lives, as thoughtful members of local communities and the larger world. The IB builds its programme around these considerations and thus helps students to achieve their personal best at a challenging time in their lives.  

The MYP provides a thorough study of a broad scope of subjects. It also accentuates the interrelatedness of these disciplines, acknowledging the role of subject disciplines and transdisciplinary study. Simultaneously, the IB recognizes the importance of respecting the independence and integrity of each discipline. The emphasis is on a conceptual framework oriented towards skills and the learning process. 

For an overview of our Middle Years Programme per grade level, please refer to our school year 2017-2018 curricular guides.

If you require more information about the Middle Years Programme, please do not hesitate to contact Cijith Jacob, MYP Coordinator.