IB Middle Years Programme
This programme inspires students to become globally-minded adults with strong characters, equipped to embrace a range of opportunities in the modern world.
Your child will emerge as an academically-confident student, but also a critical thinker and a curious learner. They will be comfortable with taking risks, but will also give thought to others, communicate readily and be open to differing or unfamiliar views. They will be taught to be principled, caring and open-minded, and to recognise the value of respect and balance.
Subjects and subject areas
As part of the Middle Years Programme, students are required to study at least one subject in eight compulsory subject groups each year.
The student must spend at least 50 hours on each subject in a stimulating and challenging way, although there is some teaching across a variety of subject areas. La Côte International School sets the content for each year of the programme, and staff work together to ensure subjects are rigorously and effectively taught.
Subject areas are English, a second language (French/Spanish), Science (Chemistry/Biology/Physics), Arts (Drama, Dance, Art, Music), Technology, Mathematics, Physical Education and Humanities.
Approaches to learning
Students will also develop skills that will serve them well in later life, such as:
- Organisational skills: time-management, keeping to deadlines, goal-setting and organisation of learning.
- Collaborative skills: working in groups, delegating, accepting responsibility, resolving conflicts, analysing the ideas of others and respecting cultural differences, and negotiating goals with peers and teachers.
- Communication: collecting information, being informed and informing others.
- Information literacy: accessing, filtering and organising information.
- Reflection: evaluating oneself, inquiry and planning, and generating ideas.
- Problem-solving and thinking skills: applying and analysing knowledge, and identifying problems and solutions.
- Subject-specific and interdisciplinary conceptual understanding.
Areas of interaction
Alongside the main subject areas, students are encouraged to develop broader ways of thinking, based on five key areas:
- Approaches to learning: students take more responsibility for their learning and are encouraged to evaluate information more critically.
- Community and service: students become more aware of their responsibilities to their community, and get more involved.
- Health and social education: students develop respect for the body and mind, and learn more about personal, physical and societal issues.
- Environment: students cultivate a more positive and responsible attitude toward their environment.
- Human ingenuity: students consider the many ways in which humans can create, imagine and initiate change.
Community and service
La Côte International School believes that community is important. As a result, students are encouraged to get involved in activities that benefit those outside the school grounds.
Students maintain a community and service journal with ideas and records of community activities. Past projects include helping younger children develop reading skills, charity projects such as bake sales, and initiatives such as collecting second-hand clothes to be sent to children in poverty-stricken areas of Eastern Europe.
As part of the Middle Years Programme, students will complete a personal project that will be initiated in their fourth year and completed in their final year.
They will be encouraged to develop the project themselves, and use a range of learning skills developed throughout the programme. They will maintain a journal of their thoughts and approaches, and will be measured against criteria that assesses their initiative and creativity.
Find out more about the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.
Middle Years Programme - General Regulations