The IB Middle Years Programme, for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.
- encourages international-mindedness in IB students, starting with a foundation in their own language and culture
- encourages a positive attitude to learning by challenging students to solve problems, show creativity and resourcefulness and participate actively in their communities
- reflects real life by providing a framework that allows students to see the connections among the subjects themselves, and between the subjects and real issues
- supports the development of communication skills to encourage inquiry, understanding, language acquisition, and to allow student reflection and expression
- emphasizes, through the learner profile, the development of the whole student–physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
Students are taught to embrace and understand connections between traditional subjects and the real world so that they become critical and reflective thinkers. Eight subject groups are integrated with five areas of interaction, creating a framework for learning within and across these subjects:
- Mother tongue
- One second language
- Physical education
- Final year personal project
These subjects are then organized in the curriculum through 5 areas of interaction:
- Approaches to learning
- Community and service
- Human ingenuity
- Health and social education