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The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.

The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. 

What is the IB Middle Years Programme?

The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century.

The MYP builds upon the knowledge; skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepare students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC).

The IB Middle Years Programme

  • addresses students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
  • enables students to understand and manage the complexities of our world, and provides them with the skills and attitudes they need in order to take responsible action for the future
  • ensures breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding through the study of eight subject areas
  • requires the study of at least two languages to support students in understanding  their own culture and that of others
  • provides the opportunity for students to undertake an independent project into an area of interest

The Curriculum

The IB Middle Years Programme consists of eight subject groups:

Language and Literature
Language Acquisition
Individuals and Societies
Physical and Health Education


Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations in their subject studies of:

  • identities and relationships
  • personal and cultural identity
  • orientations in space and time
  • scientific and technical innovation
  • fairness and development
  • globalization and sustainability.


MYP assessment standards are consistent around the world. In order to maintain the rigor for which the IB is renowned, the MYP assessment model is criterion-related. Teacher’s structure varied and valid assessment tasks so that students can demonstrate achievement according to objectives defined by the IB. Task are assessed against established criteria, not against the work of other students.

Personal Project

In tenth grade, MYP students complete a personal project, a long-term project where they decide what they want to learn about, identify what they already know, discovering what they will need to know to complete the project, and create a proposal or criteria for completing it.  For more information on the personal project, visit the GFHS MYP Personal Project page.

Click on the link below to read the MYP General Regulations:
MYP General Regulations 1st assessment 2016.pdf

The information above as well as additional information may be obtained at

10 Reasons MYP