An Ultimate Guide on IB MYP

Let us first understand the IB (International Baccalaureate) education system structure. This system offers four different programmes at different levels for students between the ages of 3 and 19 years.

  • IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) – for students between the ages of 3 and 12 years
  • IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) – for the students between the ages of 11 and 16 years
  • IB Career Related Programmes – for students between the ages of 15 and 19 years
  • IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) – for students between the ages of 16 and 19 years

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) includes the following subjects:

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Arts
  • Personal, Social and Physical education

Students in the DP programme choose one subject from each of the six ‘Subject Groups’ listed below:

  • Group 1: First Language (English)
  • Group 2: Second Language (French, Hindi, etc.)
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies (History, Economics, Business and Management, etc).
  • Group 4: Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Systems).
  • Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Group 6: Electives (either Visual Arts or a second subject from Groups 3, 4 or 5).
    Additionally, all DP students must complete a two-year Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, work on an Extended Essay (EE), and participate in Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS).


IB Middle Years Programme Curriculum

The IB MYP is a 5-year program and requires a teaching of at least 50 hours/year for each of the following eight subjects covered during the programme.

  • Language Acquisition
  • Language and Literature
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Design

The purpose of the MYP is to prepare the students for the 2 years IB Diploma programme. The MYP encourages the students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.

IB MYP curriculum offers the above eight subject groups and requires at least 50 hours of teaching hours for each subject group in each year of the curriculum. In the years 4 and 5, the students have the option to take six out of the eight subject groups within certain limits, considering the local requirement needs and the individual student leaning needs. Each year, the students also engage in at least on inter disciplinary unit, involving at least two subject groups.

Students demonstrate interdisciplinary understanding when they merge concepts, methods, and forms of communication from two or more disciplines, enabling them to explain a phenomenon, solve a problem, create a product, or raise a new question that would have been unlikely when dealing with just one discipline. This collaborative planning is important and encourages critical thinking in the students and understand complex issues or ideas better.

The MYP students also complete a long-term project – where they experience the responsibility of completing a significant piece of task over an extended period of time.

  • Students who complete their MYP in year 3 or 4 complete the community project. This project. gives the students an opportunity to collaborate and pursue service learning.
  • Students who complete their MYP in year 5 complete the personal project.

MYP projects are student centred and enable the students to engage in practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflect.

Both the projects aim to demonstrate the skills, attitude and knowledge required to complete them over an extended period of time. The students get involved in self-initiated, and self-driving learning process.


External Assessment

The IB uses both internal and optional external assessment (eAssessment). In the MYP.

The internal assessment focusses on task created and marked by classroom teachers who are well equipped to make judgments about the student achievements.

The personal project completed by the student completed in the year 5 is externally validated by the IB.

Apart from this schools can opt for an external assessment (eAssessment) in all the other elements of the programme. Once the school registers for the eAssessment, the student can opt for any of these two types of examinations.

  • ePortifolios of coursework, including a compulsory portfolio for personal project
  • Onscreen examinations, with each exam lasting between one hour and forty-five minutes and two hours.

The ePortifolios are marked by the classroom teachers and the IB examiners assess the sample portfolios in order to moderate results to international students.

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Grading and Awards

The IB MYP certificate and the IB MYP bilingual certificate are available to students who have the completed the balanced course of study for middle level learners. These awards represent meaningful, IB-validated recognition of the students’ achievements and their preparation of future study.

Candidates for the internationally recognized IB MYP certificate must complete

  • Onscreen examinations in the eight subject groups
  • ePortifolios in Language Acquisition, Physical and health education, arts, or design, MYP personal project
  • School requirements for participation in service as action

The maximum total score for IB MYP certificate is 56 points, with a grade from 1-7 assigned for each subject group. Students must achieve a total of at least 28 points, with a grade of 3 or higher in each of the eAssessment component to be eligible for the IB MYP certificate. If the student completes more than one eAssessment for a particular subject group, the highest available grade is considered.

The IB issues results on 1st August for May examinations and 1st February for November examinations.


Course Fee Structure

There is only one annual fee, per programme with being an IB world school.

The course Fees for the academic year starting September 2022 are below. The fees are valid until August 2023.

Programme Price Annually (US dollars) Price Annually (Singapore dollars) Price Annually (Euro) Duration
IB PYP 8,520 10,130 6,070 6 years
IB MYP 10,050 11,945 7,160 5 years
IB DP 11,650 13,865 8,300 2 years



Schools seeking authorization to offer or more IB curriculums, pay fees during the authorization process.

These costs cover all aspects of the authorization procedure, including inspections to the school, reports, and assistance from IB staff. While applying for candidacy, the schools are assigned a currency by the IB. The subsequent payments to the IB must be made only in that currency. All fees are non-refundable. The fees for the application of candidacy in America is 4000 USD, All Asia-Pacific regions pay in Singapore Dollars and the fees is 6100 SD and IN Europe is 3030 Euro.

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What is the IB-MYP (Middle Year Programme)?

The MYP is a five-year program. Hence, it is dedicated to the aged 11-15 years old. The curriculum is designed by the International Baccalaureate or IB. The IB-MYP is designed with integrated 8 subject groups. With an aim to provide a balanced education to develop the necessary skill sets for IB students. Thus, this is called IB-MYP.

What is the Advantage of an IB Education?

Ensuring the highest quality of education for the students. The IB educational method is research-based and focuses on practical application. The IB let its teachers volunteer for more experimental development to promote their current awareness. Even if the student relocated to another country, IB provides a flexible regime to continue their studies. IB degrees are recognized and accepted all over the world. Thus, these are the best advantages of IB Education.

Do IB teachers receive special education or training?

Yes, IB education provides a program called Professional Development, conducted by the certified professional IB workshop. Thus, IB teachers receive specialized training from the IB world school.

Are there external Assessments in the MYP like in the Diploma Programme?

Yes, The optional MYP E-assessment is conducted by the IB. The aim of this assessment is to evaluate student achievement with an age-appropriate strategy. Thus, these are the external Assessments in the MYP like in the Diploma Programme conducted

Have studies been done on the impact of the MYP?

Yes, It has been found in a study that those who are certified by the IB school from MYP perform better. In Some US Public school districts, students were more likely to achieve greater values. Especially in respective state mathematics and science assessments. Hence, this is the impact of the MYP on a student. 

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