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Middle Years Program

The Metropolitan School of Panama is an IB World School, authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate's Middle Years Program, a curricular framework for students in Grades 6-10.

The IB Middle Years Program (MYP) is a rigorous and challenging program taught in 6th-10th grade that broadens thinking, allowing students to make connections between learning and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement — essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

As part of the continuum, the MYP builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed throughout the IB Primary Years program and prepares students for the rigorous requirements of the IB Diploma Program. MYP students grow to build confidence and take charge of their own learning.

Throughout our MYP program, students make transdisciplinary connections that transcend the classroom by developing critical academic skills and a deep understanding of global challenges.  We believe these skills are necessary to succeed academically at school, university and beyond.

Middle Years

Curricular Framework

The MYP helps students develop subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding. The framework includes:

Approaches to Learning (ATL) – helps students learn how to learn by developing skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration and self-management

Key and related concepts – helps students explore big ideas that matter

Global Contexts – helps students understand the relevance and importance of their study for understanding their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet

Subject Groups

The program consists of eight subjects groups that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects. The MYP's eight subject groups are:

  • Language and Literature (mother tongue)
  • Language acquisition (a second language)
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Design

Global Contexts

A key component of the MYP framework are the global contexts, themes that are explored across all subject groups and serve to connect their learning experience with the world. These contexts allow students to develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet. The contexts are:

  • Identities and relationships
  • Personal and cultural identity
  • Orientations in space and time
  • Scientific and technical innovation
  • Fairness and development
  • Globalizations and sustainability

Grade 8 Community Project

This capstone project focuses on identifying an environmental issue and developing actions to address them. This project is developed in collaboration with local and international NGOs.

Grade 10 Personal Project

In the final year of the program, MYP students engage in a long-term independent project that allows them to demonstrate the understanding and skills they developed throughout the program.

The topic is chosen by the student and must include a global context. Students document the process throughout their project, which culminates in a written reflection and exhibition of the project developed.


IB Learner Profile: Middle School

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