Middle Years Programme

MYP students study a holistic, integrated and interdisciplinary programme of Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Science, Mathematics, Design, Physical and Health Education, and the Arts. Teachers use a variety of resources to deliver the curriculum.

The written curriculum: MYP unit planners in ManageBac contain a complete record of the written curriculum as it is intended to be taught. 

Vertical articulation of the curriculum in grades 7-10 is documented in the MYP vertical planner, which provides an overview of the curriculum in each subject group of the MYP framework.

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At DPS, the Middle Years Programme provides a curriculum which allows students to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to participate effectively in life in the twenty-first century. The concept of balance is fundamental to the programme in a number of ways. The programme provides learning in a broad base of disciplines to ensure that students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for the future.


DPS is a Candidate School* for the MYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that DPS believes is important for our students.


*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

The course objectives include skills and processes as well as a framework of concepts; the aim is to ensure that students are not only knowledgeable about a subject area, but also develop a genuine understanding of principles and an ability to apply these in new contexts, in preparation for further learning.

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Curriculum Model

The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.

The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the programme. In the final two years of the programme, carefully-defined subject group flexibility allows students to meet local requirements and personal learning goals.

Each year, students in the MYP also engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups

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Our approaches to teaching and learning

MYP students also complete a long-term Personal 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.

The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community. Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced. 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: Students explore identity, beliefs and values, personal health, and human relationships.
  • Personal and Cultural Expression: Students engage in the discovery and expression of ideas as well as reflecting on creativity and the ways in which humans enjoy and appreciate aesthetics.
  • Orientations in Space and Time: Students explore personal histories, turning points in humankind, and the interconnectedness of individuals as well as societies.
  • Scientific and Technical Innovation: Students focus on the connections between humans and the environment, and engage in discussions about the impact of scientific advancements.
  • Fairness and Development: Discussions are centered on the relationships between communities, access to equal opportunities, and rights and responsibilities of humankind.
  • Globalization and Sustainability: An in-depth discussion of how all things are connected and the impact of local decisions on the global environment

Who is the MYP for?

Any student aged 11 to 16 can study the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP aims to develop students who are:

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. By encouraging students to develop the IB Learner Profile attributes, we believe our students can achieve that goal.

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