The IB Middle Years Programme: An Essential Bridge to Higher Education

One teacher and three students of IB Middle Years Programme in Sekolah Victory Plus are talking in front of a 3d printer

Over the last five decades, the International Baccalaureate curriculum (IB) has developed a reputation as a high-status qualification. This comprehensive curriculum offers learners a rigorous and holistic education. At Sekolah Victory Plus, this curriculum has been implemented for over ten years. Sekolah Victory Plus offers the IB continuum including PYP, MYP, and DP. Each programme complements the other programmes in achieving excellence in learning outcomes. This time, let’s talk about the programme for early adolescents, the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a programme designed for teens aged 11 to 16. This programme bridges their learning journey to higher education. It can be achieved through a set of well-rounded skills called ATL or Approaches To Learning. ATL skills are tools that can be used not only at school but throughout life. It covers Thinking Skills, Research Skills, Communication Skills, Social Skills, and Self-Management Skills. ATL is implicitly and explicitly embedded into day-to-day learning processes and produces a holistic learning experience as below.

Students start to apply concepts to real-life situations

In the MYP, students step into a new stage of learning where they link what they have learned to the world around them. They are encouraged to make connections between different subjects to find practical solutions to real-world problems.

Students learn academic learning skills and invaluable life principles

Through a well-rounded learning experience, the IB Middle Years Programme exposes students to life skills and principles that go beyond academics. They will acquire the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and also grow to be  good citizens that respect and care for others.

Students have more opportunities to grow interests and talents outside of academics

The IB Middle Years Programme provides broad opportunities for students to have more exploration. Joining a soccer team, taking part in school play, and other activities will help them know more about their interests as well as gain more confidence in their talents.

The IB Middle Years Programme is specifically designed to prepare students for higher education

By completing the IB Middle Years Programme, students are ready and well-prepared for their next journey in the IB Diploma Programme. It ensures a smooth transition as students will be familiar with the assignments and style of assessment they’ll face in future. This continuous journey will help them to narrow their focus into their interest and choose their career path. Students that take part in the MYP outperform students in the DP that studied another programme.

Students get the maximum support they need

Instead of generalising, the IB Middle Years Programme aims to support the needs of individual students. The MYP recognizes how important it is to identify the most effective method of teaching for each of them. It allows students to understand more about themselves by knowing their strengths, weaknesses, and interests. This individualised approach greatly contributes to growing students’ long-term confidence.

IB Middle Years Programme students do better than non-IB students in higher order thinking skills such as analyzing and evaluating information

One of the most important advantages of the IB Middle Years Programme is that MYP students are all taught in line with the IB Learner Profile. This means that MYP students are taught to be independent thinkers with a love of knowledge itself, and are taught to think critically, be capable of problem-solving, and reflective, among many other attributes. This is clearly demonstrated in a study that showed MYP students outperformed non-IB students in high school.

The IB is globally recognized

The excellence of IB Middle Years Programme students and their thorough understanding of the concepts taught and applied is recognized in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment). This assessment revealed that the highest scores were from IB students. The inclusive and balanced learning through the MYP, both academically and personally, will lead students to be better equipped for the rigors of university life and beyond students they develop the habit of a lifelong learner who can adapt to whatever life presents them..

Now that you know all the important aspects of the IB Middle Years Programme, it’s time for you to find out how the quality of MYP education happens at Sekolah Victory Plus, the leading International Baccalaureate school in Indonesia.

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