Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The IB MYP is a balanced and academically rigorous programme of international education designed for students aged 11 to 16, a period which is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development.


The programme aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathise with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. It is a concept-driven and inquiry-based curriculum, which encourages students to make practical connections with the real world as well as fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement – essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning information. Students are encouraged to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service – making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

The MYP builds on the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the Primary School (the IB Primary Years Programme) and prepares students for entry to the demanding requirements of the two-year IB Diploma Programme.

For further information on how we embrace the MYP at Al Sahwa Schools, please see our MYP Handbook and Handbooks for Community Project, Service Learning and Personal Project : 

*Only schools authorised by the IB Organisation can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP).  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org