IB Middle Years Programme


The Middle Years Programme (MYP) was designed specifically for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning which encourages students to ask questions and to understand how their learning in school matters in the ‘real world’. It is a programme that emphasizes intellectual challenge and fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement – essential qualities for young people with the potential to become global leaders.

The MYP builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepares students to meet the academic challenge of the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

The MYP’s curriculum model is both broad and balanced; and addresses students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being. It provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills needed to take responsible action both in the community and in the future.

Through the study of eight subject groups that includes three language options, students develop a breadth and depth of knowledge, while building conceptual understandings. Research has proved that maintaining excellent skills in a student’s first language enriches all other areas of their education. Supporting our students’ mother tongue development is at the heart of everything we do. Newly arrived English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners are given targeted support to help them in the initial stages of learning English, and so allowing them full access to school life from their first day with us.

The subjects include:

Language and Literature: Arabic, English, Spanish, Mother Tongue

Language Acquisition: Arabic, English, French, Spanish

Individuals and Societies: Humanities, Global Perspectives

Sciences: Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physical

Design: Digital and Product

Arts: Drama, Music, Visual Arts

Physical and Health Education

The Community and Personal Project provide the opportunity for students to undertake a self-directed and independent project through the focus of one of six global contexts.

Additional Files

IB Rules for MYP


ISL Qatar Parent MYP Curriculum Guide