Middle Years Programme

GWA follows the International Baccalaureate's Middle Years Programme (MYP), which is a natural progression from the PYP and excellent preparation for the DP in Grade 11 and 12. The MYP spans Grades 6-10, a time when adolescents are undergoing rapid and far-reaching physical, emotional and intellectual development. The curriculum that is taught and the teaching and learning provided are all designed to meet the needs of this particular developmental stage. Students will gain knowledge and undefined information with rigor in an environment that promotes student inquiry and the development of conceptual ideas and creative and critical thinking.

Jonathon Howarth

Middle Years Programme Coordinator

Meet The MYP Coordinator

Jon is a passionate advocate of continuous lifelong learning, from students through to parents and teachers. The Middle Years Program (MYP) is a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that allows students the freedom to innovatively explore their own learning, and develop the skills and knowledge required to become fruitful lifelong learners.

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  • What is the Middle Years Programme?

    The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a curriculum framework designed for learners aged 11–16 by the International Baccalaureate (IB). The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools or in abbreviated two-, three- or four-year formats.

    In an MYP classroom, you’ll notice that the students are at the centre of learning. They are drawing connections between all subject areas, learning is explicitly linked to the world around them, participation in a foreign language is required, and a variety of formal and informal assessments are used to inform teaching and learning. MYP learning experiences infuse global points of view wherever possible in order to promote understanding of other cultures, an awareness of the human condition and an understanding that there is a commonality of human experience.

    The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. Students take the core courses of language and literature, individuals and societies, mathematics, sciences, physical and health education, language acquisition, arts, and design. A unique feature of the programme is that it extends the traditional curriculum to include immersion in four themes— approaches to teaching and approaches to learning, global contexts and concepts. Students also complete a personal project, which is an independent piece of work that may be an essay, an artistic production or another form of expression.

  • What are the advantages of an IB education?

    • IB World Schools (the only schools authorized to offer IB programmes) are subject to a strict accreditation process monitored by the IB, ensuring that schools provide a high-quality education.
    • IB teaching methods and curriculums are research- based and draw from the best educational practices from systems around the world.
    • IB teachers are required to participate in many professional development opportunities to continually promote their awareness of current educational practices and new thinking. 
    • IB programmes are recognized internationally and ease the educational transition of mobile students so that their education is not adversely affected if their families relocate.
  • Do IB teachers receive special training?

    All MYP teachers receive professional development in the IB’s approaches to teaching and approaches to learning from certified IB workshop leaders. This is a requirement for IB World Schools implementing the MYP.


How the MYP Helps Students

The MYP is able to develop the students to posses the qualifications below. Click here to learn more.

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