IB Middle Years Program at Explorations Academy


This school year, we will be running a feasibility study for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. This means we will be trying on the program to see how it fits with and enhances our program and academics. Teachers have been receiving, and will continue to receive, training in MYP unit design, assessment and the core values of the MYP such as conceptual understanding. We will apply for candidacy in April 2018.

The MYP comprises eight subject groups: language acquisition; language and literature; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; arts; physical and health education; and design. It requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group in each year of the programme. Each year, students in the MYP also engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit (cluster) that involves at least two subject groups.

In their grade 10 year, MYP students also complete a long-term project, where they decide what they want to learn about, identify what they already know, and create a proposal or criteria for completing it, which is presented to the community at the end of the year.

MYP’s approach to teaching and learning

The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, and their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.

Teaching and learning in the MYP is underpinned by the following concepts:

Teaching and learning in context

Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world.

Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of:

  • identities and relationships
  • personal and cultural identity
  • orientations in space and time
  • scientific and technical innovation
  • fairness and development
  • globalization and sustainability.


Conceptual understanding

Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically. The MYP prescribes sixteen key interdisciplinary concepts along with related concepts for each discipline.

 Approaches to learning

A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning (ATL) provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these social, thinking, research, communication and self management skills helps students learn how to learn.

Service as action, through community service

Action and service have always been shared values of the IB community.

Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Inclusion and learning diversity in MYP

As part of the MYP curriculum, schools address differentiation within the written, taught and assessed curriculum.

This is demonstrated in the unit planner and in the teaching environment, both of which are reviewed during programme authorization and evaluation.

The MYP allows schools to continue to meet state, provincial or national legal requirements for students with access needs. Schools must develop an inclusion/special educational needs (SEN) policy that explains assessment access arrangements, classroom accommodations and curriculum modification that meet individual student learning needs.

Prospective Student Visiting Opportunities

We have two visiting days in February. For more information: Middle Years Programme Visiting Day

If you’re interested in more information about our Middle Years IB program or to be added to our waiting list, please fill out this form or call (360) 671-8085: