Our rigorous IB Middle Years Program (MYP) fosters creative, critical and reflective thinkers. Service-minded doers and internationally-minded leaders poised to solve the global problems our world faces today and in the future.
The bridge between the IB Primary Years Program and the IB Diploma Program, the MYP is a student-centered, concept-driven curriculum for students in grades 6 through 10 that’s based on three core principles.
In a sense, every MYP teacher, whether he or she teaches math, science, arts or another subject, is a language teacher. Across all disciplines, we’re teaching students to communicate effectively no matter the medium, purpose or audience.
Whereas traditional curriculums tend to emphasize some subjects over others (e.g., math and science over the arts), the MYP treats all subjects equally so as to develop the whole child. Providing a balanced curriculum, we create multidimensional, well-rounded children who approach issues from a depth and breadth of angles.
Through students’ study of language(s) and learning that’s centered around global issues, students better understand and appreciate different cultures. They develop the cultural sensitivity critical for navigating an increasingly global, interconnected world. Ultimately, they develop empathy.
The MYP helps students develop both subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding in the following subjects
Similar to the PYP and DP, the MYP is inquiry-driven (with students driving this inquiry) and encourages students to reflect and take action on issues of global significance—ideally in the service of others.
A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, Approaches to learning (ATL) provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of students’ knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these skills help students learn how to learn. There are five ATL skill categories, including communication, social, self management, research and thinking.
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.
The MYP focuses on six global contexts that expand on the transdisciplinary themes from the PYP and continue on to the DP. These global contexts make what students learn in the classroom more meaningful and relevant; they create that real-world connection.
At the end of the Middle Years Program (year five), students demonstrate what they’ve learned in the MYP through the “personal project." Over the course of this one-year project, students select a topic of global importance that excites them. They then investigate, plan, develop and present this topic (in the format of their choice) at an exhibition that parents, fellow students, teachers and staff attend.
Past projects have included a mobile app that enables restaurants to donate leftover food to homeless shelters; a medieval trebuchet; learning to fly and more!
For additional information on the Middle Years Program, please contact Carmen Samanes, MYP Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives— intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.
To learn more about the International Baccalaureate key features of each subject group, click below.
Atlanta International School
A private, non-profit, international, IB World School for grades 3K-12, featuring full and dual-immersion language programs.