What is the IB Middle Years Programme?

This post was contributed by the IB partnership between Lakewood Catholic Academy and St. Edward High School.

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a pedagogical framework that encourages all students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, and creates an environment where students learn through exploration and action. Lakewood Catholic Academy will be the first Catholic school in Ohio to deliver the IB Middle Years Programme (grades 5-8). St. Edward High School is home to the largest IB Diploma Programme (grades 11 and 12) in the state.

The Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate is a framework for teaching and learning that targets students and teachers in grades six through ten. The MYP is not a curriculum. Rather, it outlines an approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes inquiry, reflection, and action. IB recognizes each student’s critical role as a citizen of the world and therefore encourages and promotes international mindedness. – Eileen McGuire, Lakewood Catholic Academy’s IB Coordinator

“The International Baccalaureate Programme believes that 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
• personal and cultural identity
• orientations in space and time
• scientific and technical innovation
• fairness and development
• globalization and sustainability.”
– Dr. Gregg Good, Executive Vice President of St. Edward High School