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Middle Years (Ages 11-16)


Project and Skills based learning. Students learn how to approach learning with focus on: thinking, communication, social, self-management and research.


The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills for students aged 11 – 16 years. The programme encompasses traditional school subjects, while putting subject matter into global contexts. Our MYP students develop skills that help them “learn how to learn”  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 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.  

BIS is proud to be a 'Leading MYP eAssessment School'. Our success, as one of the pioneering schools to introduce our Grade 10 students to online exams, is exemplified in a recent International Baccalaureate Organization pamphlet: Ready for Change. We are delighted to share our story. This new form of assessment was introduced by the International Baccalaureate Organization as a more transparent form of assessing the culmination of the Middle Years Programme. The eAssessment has established itself as the IB standard for MYP assessment.

For an overview of our Middle Years Programme per grade level, please refer to our curricular guides.

At the end of Grade 10, students are usually 15 or 16 years old and would have completed the equivalent of first two years of high school in the US system, the GCSE years in the British system and Mittlere Reife in the German system. Students who successfully complete the MYP have received a well-rounded and demanding education.

Mittlere Reife (Schulabschluss)

BIS students may choose to have their eAssessment results recognized as an equivalent to the Mittlere Reife in Germany. In order to convert these to the Mittlere Reife, BIS students must present their results to school authorities in Cologne.

Bezirksregierung Köln - Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle
Zeughausstrasse 2-10
50606 Köln

Tel: 0221-147-2467

All requirements to fulfill the criteria for the Mittlere Reife are met in the compulsory BIS programme. Outlined below you can find the definitive version in German.

If you are interested in more information about our Middle Years Programme, please contact Cijith Jacob, MYP Coordinator.