MYP (Middle Years Program)

From Grade 6-10


The IB Middle Years Program (MYP) is a five year program (Grades 6 to 10) that provides a framework of learning to encourage students to become creators and innovators, critical and reflective interdisciplinary thinkers, confident and caring individuals, and preparing them for the rigorous IB Diploma Program in Grades 11 and 12. 


MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between the classroom and the real world. MYP students develop their personal understanding, their sense of self and their commitment to their community.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

The MYP (Middle Years Program) aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally.

Developing Skills

Approaches to Learning (ATL)

Approaches to learning (ATL) are skills designed to enable students in the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) to “learn how to learn.” They are intended to apply across curriculum requirements and provide a common language for teachers and students to use when reflecting and building on the process of learning.



IB World Schools are required to ensure there is an ATL planning chart for all years of the MYP. However, broader implementation would see ATLs implicitly and explicitly embedded into day-to-day learning experiences, so that students have opportunities to practice and incrementally develop a range of ATL skills.


International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programa

Why the MYP?

Research shows that students participating in the MYP 

  • Build confidence and manage their own learning
  • Learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
  • Outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills
  • Consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Program examinations
  • Thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel
  • Develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens 
  • Have a leve of an international mindedness that informs their relationships and decisions

(International Baccalaureate Organization)

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

Personal Project

MYP year 5 students (Grade 10) must successfully complete the externally-moderated personal project. Students have a personal project supervisor  who provides guidance and formative feedback throughout the process. 


The project allows to students to be curious and explore an area that motivates and interests them. Students choose what they want to focus on- which can be an existing or a new interest. They choose how to achieve their goal and create their own success criteria for the product. The project provides an excellent oppotunity  for students to produce a truly  personal and often creative product and demonstrate consolidation of their learning in the MYP. 

It is a place for them to prototype their ideas and use the design cycle to refine, reflect on their ideas.

FAQ about MYP

BFIS Calendar at a glance with the most important dates of the school year