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The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

Private schools in Poland offering the International Baccalaureate Programme, for students aged 11 to 16

The International Baccalaureate Programme was originally created for students aged 16 to 19. The goal was to provide a comprehensive, high-quality advanced course of study that guarantees the basics of secondary education, while challenging students to use their knowledge and skills through collaboration, discussion, and communication.  continue reading...

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Based on the strength of the high school program (IB Diploma Programme), it has been extended to include the Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). This programme is intended for students between the ages of 11 and 16.

In Poland, the MYP was offered in junior high schools (13-16 years old). After the education reform, since junior high school was eliminated in 2019, the program can be implemented in the last two grades of primary school (the 7th and 8th grade) and in the first two grades of high school.

As in the Diploma Programme, the IBMYP consists of interdisciplinary topics, each of which develops students' understanding of who they are, their place in the world, and how their lives intersect with the lives of others. The program aims to inspire curiosity, and develop critical thinking and intercultural awareness.

The basic curriculum includes native language and literature, modern language, mathematics, the exact/natural sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, geography), physical education (plus education for family life), art (visual arts, music), and social sciences (social studies, history, etc.).

Accreditation of IB schools

Accreditation is awarded by the International Baccalaureate educational foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. The term "International Baccalaureate" is used generally and may refer to organization, degree or study programs. Before 2007, the main accreditation body was formally known as the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), although since then it has simply been known as the International Baccalaureate.

Schools applying for the IB program take the 3 to 4 year authorization/accreditation process, depending on when the school formally starts the school year. Each school accredited to offer one of the four core IB programs is called an “IB World School.” This means that such a school meets the highest quality standards in education set by international IB experts. There are around 1,000 schools in the world that boast this title. Any school that’s involved in the accreditation process is known as an “IB Candidate School.”

Schools that offer IB Programmes for all ages, from the first school years (in elementary schools) to the completion of the IB Diploma Program, are referred to as IB Continuum Schools. Schools typically develop an IB continuum over time, adding programs as the school develops and responds to student needs.

MYP in numbers

The MYP is offered in 1319 schools in 108 countries.

In Poland, where the first school with the IB Programme was only established in 1993, the MYP is implemented by 11 accredited schools (including several public schools).

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