Middle Years Programme (MYP)

Bloomingdale International School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP)


Middle Years Programme at Bloomingdale

The Middle years Programme is designed for students between Grades VI (MYP 1) and Grade X (MYP 5). The student's intellectual and social development through inter-disciplinary learning is the focus of this programme.

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) builds on the structured, student-centred foundation laid in the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Its framework encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real World. Young people at this stage of their education require an engaging and holistic curriculum that is relevant to important real world issues, which is the main focus of the MYP.

Key focus of the Career and Guidance Department

After finishing the initial phase, students at Bloomingdale enter the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), which prepares them for the IB Diploma Programme. The MYP is offered from Grade 6 through Grade 10 (students aged 11 to 16). The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community. Our MYP teachers organize the curriculum with appropriate attention to:

Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students explore human identity, global challenges and what it means to be internationally minded.

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.

A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these skills help students learn how to learn.

Action (learning by doing and experiencing) and service have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Service as action is an integral part of the programme, especially in the MYP community project.

IB Middle Years Programme students are required to learn at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice). Learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to their development of intercultural understanding and crucial to their identity affirmation.

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IB Middle Years

Research shows that students participating in the IB Middle Years Programme:

tickBuild confidence in managing their own learning.

tickLearn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world.

tickOutperform non-IB students in critical academic skills.

tickConsistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme examinations.

tickThrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel.

tickDevelop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.

The MYP was revised in September 2014 to provide a more rigorous and highly flexible framework that powerfully integrates with local educational requirements.

To find out more about the MYP, please visit www.ibo.org/myp

External Assessment (eAssessment)

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a framework for teaching and learning, organized around teachers’ judgment of achievement against pre-published criteria. Formal recognition of achievement for MYP year 5 students is provided by the IB via eAssessment.

eAssessment consists of three component types that assess what students know and are able to do:

tick ePortfolios of carefully defined coursework in arts, design and physical and health education, using a process of dynamic sampling to moderate results to a global standard.

tick On-screen examinations (two hours in duration) for selected courses in language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary learning

tick Personal Project; a student-centred and age-appropriate extended project in which students consolidate their learning throughout the programme. Submitting the Personal Project is a requirement of all students in the MYP.

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