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Middle Years Programme

Grades 6-10

Students in grades 6-10 follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) curriculum framework. Research tells us that students learn best when learning experiences have context, and are connected to their lives and their experiences in the world. The MYP model uses global contexts to build understanding through explorations into: 

  • Identities and relationships
  • Personal and cultural identity
  • Orientations in space and time
  • Scientific and technical innovation
  • Fairness and development
  • Globalization and sustainability

The IB MYP requires schools to teach a balanced offering of subjects each year, including at least one course from each of the eight subject groups. While the IB publishes guides for each subject group, which includes a prescribed framework of assessment criteria and objectives for knowledge, LILA educators construct their own curriculum that aligns with both MYP and Minnesota state standards. MYP emphasizes applied learning and theoretical studies with at least 50 hours of study annually in each of the eight subject groups: 

  • Language Acquisition
  • Language and Literature (English Language Arts)
  • Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts (Drama, Music, Visual Arts)
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Design (Technology-Infused Applied Principles)

In addition to courses in the eight subject groups, MYP students complete a community project and personal project. The community project can be completed independently or in a small group. The personal project demonstrates the student's ability to conduct independent work. 

The MYP helps students to develop their personal understanding, emerging sense of self, and responsibility within the community.