IB Middle Years Programme

At a crucial juncture where students are establishing their identity and self-esteem, the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) helps them embrace this transition. Through their time spent at one of the best boarding schools, they find motivation among their peers and teachers in a caring and nurturing environment. Here, they receive tools and opportunities to:

  • Unlock their potential
  • Discover their learning penchants
  • Take action
  • Reflect
  • Build high self-esteem

A full-time MYP Head of School and Coordinator works along with the Principal to successfully mentor the teachers and students to plan and implement the MYP academic calendar.

What is International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP)?

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasises on intellectual and creative thinking. It encourages students from 11-16 years of age to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. This prepares them to succeed in further studies and also in life. The MYP aims to develop active learners and thoughtful young people who can empathise with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.

The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and develop ideas which are significant at local, national and global levels. As students graduating from one of the country’s top IB schools, they bear traits of creative, reflective and critical thinking.

The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.

The MYP builds on the knowledge, skills and attitude developed by students during their IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepares them for the demanding requirements of the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) helps students develop both, subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding. The MYP curriculum framework includes:

  • Approaches to learning (ATL)
    Where students learn how to develop skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration and self-management
  • Key and related concepts
    To enable students to explore big ideas that matter
  • Global contexts,
    To help them understand the relevance and importance of their education towards humanity and their shared guardianship of the planet

As part of the MYP curriculum, the school addresses differentiation within the written, taught and assessed curriculum. This is demonstrated in the unit planner and the teaching environment, both of which are reviewed during programme authorisation and evaluation.

The MYP culminates in an independent learning project. Students complete a significant piece of work over an extended period, encouraging them to consolidate their learning and reflect on its outcomes.

The MYP organises teaching and learning through eight subject groups:

  • Language acquisition
  • Language and literature
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Physical and health education
  • Design



Candidates for the internationally-recognised IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) certificate must complete eight eAssessments.

On-screen examinations in:

  • Mathematics
  • Language and literature
  • Sciences
  • Individuals and societies
  • Interdisciplinary learning

ePortfolios (coursework) in:

  • Language acquisition
  • Physical and health education, arts, or design

The MYP Personal project

  • Candidates must also meet Indus International School Bangalore’s requirements for participation in community service

The IB MYP course results are based on each completed component.

The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) equates IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) with Grade 10 of an India Board Assessment. Students having completed the MYP are now entitled to apply for higher studies in any school or college across India.


Transition to International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP):

After completing MYP at top IB schools students are primed for national and international courses designed for the age group of 16 to 19 years.

The MYP is closely aligned with IB Diploma Programme (DP) and hence ensures a smooth transition for the students who continue within the IB continuum at Indus International School.

During the MYP, students acquire the knowledge, skills and the attitude they need in order to be successful in the final years of secondary school and beyond. The MYP places emphasis on the various approaches to learning to provide the ideal preparation and rigorous study that opens doors to higher education.

The MYP equips students for the Diploma Programme, with the depth, breadth and balance that is characteristic of all IB programmes across the best IB schools in India. In the final two years of the MYP— students and their families work with their IB World School to make essential decisions about subject choices, qualifications and career options.


Key Facts

  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) was introduced in 1994
  • It is preceded by the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and is followed by the Diploma Programme (DP) – established respectively in 1997 and 1968
  • The MYP is taught to students of age 11-16 years old around the world, and in most Indian International Schools as well
  • Designed as an inclusive, whole-school programme, the MYP is now implemented by 1,356 schools in 108 countries, including international schools in Bangalore
  • Research shows that students participating in the MYP:
    • Gain the confidence to manage their learning process
    • Learn by connecting the classroom to the larger world
    • Outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills
    • Consistently have success in the IB Diploma Programme examinations
    • Thrive within positive school cultures, where they are engaged and motivated to excel
    • Develop an understanding of global challenges, and a commitment towards responsible citizenship
  • The MYP was revised in September 2014 to provide a more rigorous and highly flexible framework that powerfully integrates with the local educational requirements at Indian International Schools. New industry-leading onscreen examinations and ePortfolios offer exciting opportunities for reliable, robust digital assessment of student achievements.



The MYP began as an initiative of the International Schools Association (ISA). Aspiring to meet the needs of middle-level learners at international schools in India and across the world, ISA led the development of a flexible curriculum that promoted the fundamental concepts of intercultural understanding, communication and holistic learning.

Since its introduction as a part of the IB continuum, the MYP has retained the spirit of collaboration encouraged by the dedicated educators who believed the same. After twenty years of rapid growth and development, the programme was thoroughly reviewed and then re-launched in 2014—ready to meet the needs of a new generation of students and teachers at the top IB schools.

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