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Kirby Middle Years Program

Curriculum               Student Assessment

The Middle Years Program (MYP) provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills for students aged 11-16 years. The five year program offers and educational approach that embraces yet transcends traditional school subjects. It naturally follows the Primary Years Program (PYP) and serves as excellent preparation for the Diploma Program (DP).

Schools may subscribe to any or all of the programs, although none is a prerequisite for another.

The framework is flexible enough to allow a school to include other subjects not determined by the IBO but which might be required by local authorities. After consultation with the IBO, and provided certain conditions are met, schools enjoy much flexibility in terms of the language of instruction and languages taught. The MYP, like DP and PYP, is based on the premise that education can foster understanding among young people around the world. Intercultural awareness is central to the program, to enable future generations to live more peacefully and productively than we do today.

Students at this stage, early pubery to mid-adolescence, are in a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development. This is a time of uncertainty, sensitivity, resistance and questioning. An educational program needs to provide them with discipline, skills and challenging standards, but also with creativity and flexibility. The IBO builds its program around these considerations but it is also concerned that students develop a personal value system by which their own lives as thoughtful members of local communities and the larger world.

*Information acquired from the IBO website

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