IB Middle Years Programme FAQ
What is IB MYP at BHMS?
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students aged 11-16. The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The program is a five-year program, implemented in partnership with DHS. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP).
Find out more about the MYP.
What is the MYP Framework?
The MYP is a framework used to incorporate the Georgia Standards of Excellence in eight subject groups. The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the program. The framework provides an opportunity for teachers to connect the Georgia Standards of excellence to an Inquiry statement for each unit. The inquiry statements developed by teachers in each unit of study provide students with the opportunity to develop and deepen their critical and creative thinking skills, make real-world connections to the standards, and make interdisciplinary connections. Students also develop international-mindedness skills to help them succeed in an ever-developing international society.
What about the Criteria?
The MYP framework provides a set of criteria for each subject group that enables students to reflect and develop skills that are important in the subject beyond the current year's standard-based learning. Students are evaluated on the criteria at least twice a year.
The exact definitions of each criterion change from one subject to another, but in general:
- Criterion A evaluates a student’s ability to inquire, gain knowledge, and develop understanding.
- Criterion B evaluates a student’s ability to organize ideas, notice patterns, and design solutions.
- Criterion C evaluates a student’s ability to produce material, communicate effectively, solve problems creatively, and take decisive action.
- Criterion D evaluates a student’s ability to reflect, actively apply solutions, and think critically.
Click here to view a specific breakdown of the criteria for each course
Read about the MYP curriculum.
What about external assessments and recognition?
In the final year of the program (10th grade), the optional MYP Assessment provides IB-validated grades based on examinations and coursework. Students who undertake external assessment are eligible for MYP course results and the IB MYP Certificate.
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What about students with disabilities and special needs?
The MYP is open to any student aged 11 to 16, at schools that have been authorized to implement the program. The MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation. Implementation of the MYP is a whole-school endeavor at BHMS. We are an IB for all school! Click here to read IBMYP Inclusion and Special Needs Policy
Learn more about students in the MYP.