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​What is the Middle Years Program (MYP)?

​The MYP is a specially designed program developed by the International Baccalaureate organization to prepare students to be successful in the Diploma Program. The MYP focuses on students from ages 11-16 (grades 6-10) and culminates with a Personal Project. The Personal Projects demonstrate readiness to enter the Diploma Programme. The philosophical basis of the MYP fosters the traits of a responsible global citizen through the IB Learner Profile.

Link to the Rive​rwood Middle Years Program Website

Why offer the MYP?

Research shows that MYP students:

  • build confidence in managing their own learning
  • learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
  • outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills
  • consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme examinations
  • thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel
  • develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.

What is the Personal Project?

The Personal Project is an individual project begun Spring semester of Year 4 (Ninth grade) and completed Spring Semester of Year 5 (Tenth Grade).

The Personal Project is an important part of the Middle Years Programme. The Personal Project provides students an opportunity to demonstrate skills and knowledge. Students choose their topics and can enjoy learning as they research and develop their projects. The skills developed will be helpful in completing other IB requirements, such as the Extended Essay, and in studies after high school.

The personal project consists of three main components: a Process Journal, a Product, and a Written Report. The assessment of the Personal Project is based on the Written Report. Successful completion of a Personal Project is a condition for acceptance to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) is an ambitious international programme that aims to provide academic rigor while equipping students with skills and attitudes appropriate to the challenges and opportunities of a global society. It gives a coherent framework to a diversity of subjects by encouraging an interdisciplinary skills-based focus. The MYP is offered in Grades 6-10.

Students from any middle school entering or continuing an IB Program at Riverwood will take the eight MYP subject courses in grades 9 and 10. In order to earn the MYP certificate of completion, students must be enrolled in MYP classes and be in the program a minimum of two years. Successful completion of the MYP is one of the criteria for entrance into the Diploma Programme. Completion of the MYP is strongly recommended to potential IB Diploma and Certificate candidates to ensure that they enter the 11th and 12th grade IB courses with an adequate foundation of knowledge and skills to complete the academic requirements of the full diploma program.

IB MYP Curriculum

The MYP curriculum model places the student at the center of learning. For an image of what the MYP curriculum contains, click here.

IB MYP Areas of Interaction

Students study subjects from eight subject groups through five areas of interaction:

Approaches to learning (ATL) represents general and subject-specific learning skills that the student will develop and apply during the programme and beyond. The focus of this area is on teaching students how to learn and on helping students find out about themselves as learners so that they can develop learning skills.

Community and service considers how a student engages with his or her immediate family, classmates and friends in the outside world as a member of these communities. Through effective planning and teaching, students can learn about their place within communities and be motivated to act in a new context.

IB MYP Personal Project

Students in grade 10 must complete a personal project. The student selects the subject of this independent project. The process of student creation takes 6-8 months. The student works with a teacher supervisor and focuses on a particular area of interaction. The personal projects are submitted in early Spring of sophomore year. The projects can take various forms, here are some examples:

IB MYP Assessment

Teachers organize continuous and varied assessment over the course of the programme.

The MYP offers a criterion-related model of assessment. Therefore students’ results are determined by performance against set standards.

The assessment tasks must give students the opportunity to demonstrate achievement according to the required objectives within each subject group. This can include:

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