Middle Years Programme

Middle Years Programme

Middle Years Programme

The IB Middle Years Programme

IMSE is a fully authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for the MYP

On 3 February 2020 IMSE was officially authorized by the IB Director General in Geneva, Switzerland. Congratulations to all members of the IMSE community with this significant achievement. This is the result of continuous hard work and excellent team work by all stakeholders in our community over three years. Students, parents, teachers and managers all focused on the common goal of securing an internationally quality assured educational programme for the Erbil community. We are now members of a global community of more than 5’000 schools. A global study investigating performance in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) found that IB students outperformed their non-IB peers in mathematics, reading, narrative writing and expository writing. Please feel free to visit for more information about the IB.

**Mission Statement from the IB
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring,knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end
the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.

The MYP is a five-year programme, which comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the programme. In the final two years of the programme, carefully-defined subject group flexibility allows students to meet local requirements and personal learning goals.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) comprises eight subject groups:

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

The MYP is open to any student aged 11 to 16, at schools that have been authorized to implement theprogramme. 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 endeavour, although the programme can accommodate academically-selective models.

In years 4 and 5, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups within certain limits, to provide greater flexibility in meeting local requirements and individual student learning needs.

Each year, students in the MYP also engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups.

MYP students also complete 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

In the final year of the programme, optional MYP eAssessment provides IB-validated grades based on examinations and course work. Students who undertake external assessment are eligible for MYP course results and the IB MYP Certificate.

International Baccalaureate Organisation. (n.d.). Middle Years Programme. Retrieved 20/06/2018.

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