The Middle Years Program (MYP) of International Baccalaureate (IB) is a course of study designed to meet the educational requirements of students in the 11-16 age range. At Overseas Family School, students complete the first 3 years of MYP in the Middle School (Grade 6 to Grade 8). Students will complete the final 2 years of the 5-year MYP in the High School (Grade 9 and Grade 10).
There are many reasons. They include:
The IB has set the aims and objectives for 8 different Curriculum Areas as displayed in the MYP Program Model.
A feature of the MYP is that students, mostly through their selected courses and whole school activities, will learn through Global Contexts. These will promote inquiry, international-mindedness, cultural understanding and reflection.
The six Global Contexts are:
Through ATL in IB programs, students develop skills that have relevance across the curriculum that help them "learn how to learn". ATL skills can be learned and taught, improved with practice and developed incrementally. They provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others. ATL skills help students prepare for, and demonstrate learning through, meaningful assessment. They provide a common language that students and teachers can use to reflect on, and articulate on, the process of learning.
IB programs identify five ATL skill categories, expanded into developmentally appropriate skill clusters.