IB Middle Years Program

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.

The MYP Curriculum

The MYP curriculum contains eight subject groups. Students must participate in the 8 subject groups each year of the program. The subjects include:

  • Language and Literature (Language Arts)
  • Language Acquisition (Spanish)
  • Individuals and Societies (History)
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Design (semester course)
  • Physical and Health Education (semester course)
  • Arts (Visual/Performing)

MYP Key Elements

Approaches to Learning

IB Approaches to Learning are a set of strategies and skill that students develop to help them become more independent learners. They prepared them to be successful in more rigorous future academic programs such as the IB Diploma Programme (11-12 grades)

Approaches to Teaching

  • Inquiry-based—provoking curiosity in order to structure and sustain exploration
  • Concept-driven—planning and teaching through concepts that are transferable to new contexts
  • Contextualized—reaching beyond the scope of individual subjects to establish relevance
  • Collaborative—promoting effective teamwork and purposeful/productive collaboration
  • Differentiated—providing access to learning for a diversity of learners
  • Informed by assessment—balancing assessment of, and for, learning

Global Contexts

MYP global contexts provide shared starting points for inquiry into what it means to be internationally—minded, framing a curriculum that promotes multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement.

Service as Action

All students are encouraged to participate in community service activities to develop the Learner Profile attributes, embody the IB and College Park Middle School mission statements and to be of service to others. Students in the third year of the program participate in a demonstration of their learning via the Community Project where they explore and respond to a problem in their community.

The IB Learner Profile

The IB Learner Profile expresses the IB Mission statement in action. We aim to develop these 10 attributes in students. These attributes are a common language that expresses the values held by all IB World Schools.

The IB Learner Profile is an embodiment of what it means to be internationally minded.

IB Mission Statement: “The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

College Park Middle School Mission Statement:

“We aim to inspire and empower a diverse community of learners in an academically rigorous and motivating environment. Through intercultural understanding, mutual respect, integrity, and civic responsibility we develop compassion and celebrate our differences. We will build professional, culturally responsive relationships with students that will engage them in new and exciting ways.” (Revised October 2021)

Advantages of the IB MYP:

  • Students become lifelong learners
  • Students learn by doing and experiencing
  • The MYP encourages critical thinking
  • Trains students to meet deadlines, concentrate, persist, think positively & be organized
    Learning for understanding
  • Exploration of global challenges
  • IB encourages international mindedness
  • Empowers students to develop their talents
  • Prepares students for the future

How to apply for the highly prestigious IB MYP:

Students must apply to OCPS School Choice Magnet Applications