The IB Middle Years Programme

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 is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums. It builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Program and the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC)

The Middle Years Programme: preparing students to be successful in school and to be active, lifelong learners.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years

The MYP in the Abbotsford School District is a 3 year program offered by Abbotsford Middle School. The courses relate to grade levels as follows:

Level 1 - Grade 6 - Offered by Abbotsford Middle School

Level 2 - Grade 7 - Offered by Abbotsford Middle School

Level 3 - Grade 8 - Offered by Abbotsford Middle School

What is the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)?

The IBO is a nonprofit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student.  IBO is a recognized leader in the field of international education, encouraging students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals, and engaged world citizens.  IBO was founded in 1968, the IBO currently works with 1,888 schools in 124 countries to develop and offer three challenging programs to over 486,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.

The Three Programs are:

1    The Primary Years Program (PYP), for children aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.
2    The Middle Years Program (MYP), for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills.
3    The Diploma Program (DP), for students aged 16 to 19, is a demanding two-year curriculum that meets the needs of highly motivated students, and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world.

What is the MYP?

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP) provides a framework of academic challenge, life skills, and social responsibility for students.  The MYP at Abby Middle spans the three years of middle school, grades 6, 7, and 8.  The MYP can help prepare students for Pre-DP classes in grades 9 and 10, and the IB Diploma in grades 11 and 12.

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Why the MYP?

The IB-MYP is for all students.  The IB educational philosophy embraces specific methods, strategies, and techniques to enable all students to meet their potential.
The MYP had traditional school subjects and promotes meaningful subject interrelationships.  The MYP promotes critical, creative and reflective learners. The MYP provides discipline, challenging standards, and broad-based skills that encourage each student’s individual growth towards self reliance and responsible participation in society.
There are eight subjects in the MYP.  The subjects are connected through Areas of Interaction.

If you have questions about our International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program please email our MYP Coordinator at

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