International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) at City Honors School helps students in grades 5-10 grade students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.
  • One of the key differences between the Diploma Program (at grades 11 and 12) and the MYP, is that the MYP offers greater curricular freedom. The essential focus of the program   is to understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world thus becoming critical and reflective thinkers. Holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication are integral to the program.
  • The program aims to enable students to:
    • build upon their spirit of discovery to develop an understanding and enjoyment of the process of learning, independently and in cooperation with others
    • acquire knowledge and understanding and prepare for further learning
    • recognize the extent to which knowledge is interrelated
    • learn to communicate effectively in a variety of ways
    • develop a sense of personal and cultural identity and a respect for themselves and for others
    • acquire insights into local and global concerns affecting health, the community and the environment,
    • and develop a sense of individual and collective responsibility and citizenship.
  • In the MYP curricular model, students study eight subject groups: English (Language and Literature), a foreign language (Language Acquisition), mathematics, humanities (Individuals and Societies), sciences, physical education, arts, and technology. Those subjects are viewed or taught through 16 various key concepts, which are then partnered with related concepts and global contexts. These are essentially “lenses” or themes through which the subjects are viewed.
            Being distinct from subjects, the concepts and contexts are more akin to recurring themes taught in each subject
            area. They can best be described as the types of questions students are asked to consider and answer through
            all eight subject areas.
            Teachers are responsible for structuring varied and valid assessment tasks that allow students to demonstrate
            achievement according to the required objectives within each subject group. These may include: open-ended,
            problem-solving activities and investigations, organized debates, hands-on experimentation, analysis, reflection.  
            Assessment strategies, both quantitative and qualitative, provide feedback on the thinking processes as well
            as the finished piece of work. There is also an emphasis on self-assessment and peer-assessment within the
            program. Unit planning and a culminating project, called the Personal Project, are also two important aspects
            of the Middle Years Program.

Watch a video, created by IB MYP coordinator James Moses, on what the IB Middle Years Personal Project is all about!

Find out even more about the IB MYP on Mr. Moses' BPS teacher page & IB's website.

The coordinator of the City Honors Middle Years Program is Mr. James Moses.