Middle Years Program (Grades 6 - 10)

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.

Core Principles

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  • Communication

    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.
  • Holistic Learning

    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.
  • Intercultural Awareness

    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

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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.

The MYP Curriculum Framework Revolves Around

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  • Approaches to learning (ATL)

    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.
  • Key and Related Concepts

    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.
  • Global Contexts

    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 csamanes@aischool.org.

IB Coordinator

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    Carmen Samanes 

    IB Middle Years Program Coordinator; Spanish

IB Learner Profile

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Atlanta International School

A private, non-profit, international, IB World School for grades 3K-12, featuring full and dual-immersion language programs.

2890 North Fulton Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30305, USA