The programme is offered from Middle Years 1 (grade 6) through Year 5 (grade 10), for students aged 11 to 16. The MYP is guided by three principles:
holistic learning, intercultural awareness, and communication. These fundamental concepts of the programme provide a strong foundation for teaching and learning in the MYP.
The features of the programme help students develop disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding are:
Approaches to learning (ATL)—demonstrating a commitment to approaches to learning as a key component of the MYP for developing skills for learning
- Approaches to teaching—emphasizing MYP pedagogy, including collaborative learning through inquiry.
- Concepts—highlighting a concept-driven curriculum.
- Global contexts—showing how learning best takes place in context.
The programme projects promising outcomes:
- Student-initiated action, which may involve service within the community.
- Culmination in the personal project (for students in MYP year 5) or the community project (for students in MYP years 3 or 4).
The MYP’s broad and balanced curriculum is described as follows:
- The MYP organizes teaching and learning through eight subject groups: language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical and health education, and design. HIS additionally offers: Islamic Studies, Learning Resources Techniques, French, and Turkish.
- Integrated disciplines may be taught and assessed within a subject group: for example, history or geography within the individuals and societies subject group; biology, chemistry or physics within the sciences subject group.
The distinction between subject groups blurs to indicate the interdisciplinary nature of the MYP. The subject groups are connected through overlapping global contexts and key concepts.