Middle School Curriculum Egham

Middle School Curriculum

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The IB Middle Years Programme aims to educate the whole person and to show the impact of each individual on the world around them.

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students ages 11-16 to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

The curriculum is specifically designed to inspire and support students at a time when they need to develop effective working habits, self-confidence and a thorough understanding of each of their subject areas.
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The MYP Curriculum Framework

The MYP’s curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. Service in Action is an integral part of learning in the MYP. In the final year of the programme, students complete a Personal Project—an in-depth research project through which students apply what they’ve learned an development new skills in an individual inquiry into a globally-significant topic of interest.

The MYP builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB Career-related Programme (CP) and other advanced academic courses of study.

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Subjects to Expect

  • Language and Literature (English)
  • Language Acquisition (French or Spanish)
  • Mathematics (offered at Foundation, Standard and Extended levels in all grades)
  • Sciences (incorporating all scientific disciplines)
  • Individuals and Societies (incorporating History and Geography)
  • Arts (Drama, Music and Visual Art)
  • Design (Product Design and Digital Design)
  • Physical and Health Education.
Middle School student presenting her personal project at exhibition

The Personal Project is a compulsory project completed in the final year of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). It is an opportunity to explore a topic that is of interest to each student, to develop Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills further and to create something unique to each student.

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The IB Learner Profile

As IB learners we strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators 
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Assessments in the MYP

At the end of the programme's Grade 10, optional eAssessments provide opportunities for students to attain prestigious IB awards and externally-validate learning outcomes in the middle years.  The MYP certificate requires students successfully to complete 2 hour on-screen examinations in four subjects as well as interdisciplinary learning; submit ePortfolios in language acquisition and either design, arts or physical and health education; complete a externally-moderated personal project; and meet learning objectives for service as action (community service).

We use two main methods of assessment: formative and summative.

  • Formative assessment is a continuous and ongoing process. It is a part of day-to-day teaching, where teachers continually confirm or modify their activities and directions with their students.
  • Summative assessment is used at the end of a unit, area of learning within a unit, or semester to determine what each student has achieved and learnt.

​IB MYP Course results are internationally-recognised qualifications that celebrates achievement, and it can inform decisions about further study and provide additional evidence to support university admissions.

Download a Curriculum Guide

Click on the link to view and download the ACS Egham IB Middle Years Programme Curriculum Guide.