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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 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. 

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 aged 15-16 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)

In January 2012 BIS became one of only 10 schools in Germany to have the MYP recognized as equivalent to the Mittlere Reife. In order to convert the MYP certificate to the Mittlere Reife, BIS students must present their eAssessment results to school authorities in Cologne.

Bezirksregierung Köln - Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle
Zeughausstrasse 2-10
50606 Köln

Tel: 0221-147-2467

All requirements to meet the criteria for the Mittlere Reife are met in the compulsory BIS program. Outlined below you can find the definitive version in German and the unofficial English translation.

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