International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP)

What Makes Up the IBMYP Programme?

Assessment for Learning

Assessment in IBMYP is integral to all teaching and learning. It is central to the program goal of thoughtfully and effectively guiding students through the five essential elements of learning.

  • The acquisition of knowledge

  • The mastering of skills

  • The understanding of concepts

  • The development of attitudes

  • The decision to take action

Watch a Video on Assessment for Learning IB-MYP

IB General Guidelines

IB Global Contexts

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


The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) comprises eight subject groups:

The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group in each year of the programme. In years 4 and 5, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups within certain limits, to provide greater flexibility in meeting local requirements and individual student learning needs. Each year, students in the MYP also engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups.

MYP students also complete a long-term project, where they decide what they want to learn about, identify what they already know, discovering what they will need to know to complete the project and create a proposal or criteria for completing it.

IB Works

Whitman MS students are actively engaged in hands-on, interdisciplinary learning, and Academic Integrity. See samples of their best work here.

10th Grade Personal Projects

Whitman students prepare for the personal project by practicing approaches to learning in every class. Eighth-grade students complete annotated bibliographies to build inquiry and documentation skills.

Service as Action (Service Learning)

Sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students participate in community service as part of the IB Middle Years Programme. Our goal is to encourage thoughtful, active citizenship-- both locally and globally. (In this section, you can find forms the students will use throughout the year)