The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a comprehensive programme of academic challenge and life skills appropriate for 11-16 year-olds (Grade 6 - Grade 10). The MYP is designed to foster students' independence and responsibility and to develop internationally minded attitudes and also to encourage creativity, cooperation, and compassion for others. Assignments and activities are geared to cultivate a hands-on approach to learning with the aim of balancing intellectual challenge with joy of learning. Like the other IB programmes, the MYP, in its aim to encourage holistic learning, emphasizes understanding concepts, mastering skills and developing attitudes as well as learning knowledge. These are all tools designed to help students be successful in our global society, as well as providing a sound foundation for learning in the DP programme.
The MYP aims to authentically link learning to real life contexts through The Global Contexts which are as:
- identities and relationships
- personal and cultural identity
- orientations in space and time
- scientific and technical innovation
- fairness and development
- globalization and sustainability.
The programme at KIS International School in Bangkok is delivered through units of work within 8 subject groups. The length of each unit may vary from 4 weeks to 10 weeks. Units of work are planned collaboratively, with the aim being to authentically link the subject material to the global contexts and to the following concepts:
Aesthetics, Change, Communication, Communities, Connections, Creativity, Culture, Development, Form, Global Interaction, Identity, Logic, Perspective, Relationships, Systems, Time, place and space.
By studying in this manner the students further develop their IB learner profile. The profile aims to develop learners who are Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced and Reflective.
The 8 subject groups are offered at KIS are:
- Language and Literature (English, Thai and other languages on request)
- Individuals and Societies
- Physical Education
- Language B (Spanish/Mandarin)
- The Arts
- The MYP Personal Project (Grade 10 only)
Please click on the link for an overview of what is being taught in each subject by grade.