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 Riverwood Middle Years Program Website
Why offer the MYP?
shows that MYP students:
- build confidence
in managing their own learning
- learn by doing,
connecting the classroom to the larger world
non-IB students in critical academic skills
have greater success in IB Diploma Programme examinations
- thrive in
positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to
- develop an
understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as
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
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.