IB MYP Curriculum Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are all students automatically enrolled in Middle Years Program?

    The program is designed to meet the needs of all students, including students with special needs. Students enrolled at MSGA and MMS will participate in the Middle Years Program or may choose to participate in the Middle Grades Magnet Program.

    Do MYP students have to pass special exams?

    There are no external IB examinations in the Middle Years Program.

    Do students get special recognition for participating in a Middle Years Program?

    Students that complete the program will receive an official MYP Certificate.

    Is there a penalty if my child does not enter the MYP program in 6th grade?

    Students may enter MYP at any point in grade 6 through 10 but students who enter in grade 10 will not be eligible to complete the full requirements to earn the MYP certificate or complete the personal project.

    How does a student earn an MYP Certificate?

    To earn the MYP Certificate, students must be enrolled in the MYP program at least during 9th and 10th grades, complete 20 hours of community service each year of 9th and 10th grade, complete the personal project, and perform satisfactorily on the 10th grade assessments in each subject area.

    What about students that do not earn the MYP Certificate?

    They will benefit from best practice instruction and high expectations in their classes. Research shows that students in this type of learning environment achieve more.

    What are the requirements to become an IB Diploma Candidate in 11th grade?

    MHS students who wish to enter the IB Diploma program in 11th and 12th grade and work towards the IB Diploma must take Honors courses in 9th and 10th grade, earn the MYP Certificate, and interview with the IB Coordinator mid-year of 10th grade to plan a two-year IB program of study for 11th and 12th grades. MHS students who attempt but fail to score adequately to earn the MYP Certificate, or who transfer to MHS too late to earn the MYP Certificate, may be considered for the IB Diploma Program by applying to the IB Coordinator. In this case, consideration will be given to students who present excellent academic transcripts, high PSAT scores, excellent attendance and discipline records, and outstanding teacher recommendations.

    How does a student earn the IB Diploma?

    To earn an IB Diploma, a student must be enrolled in the two-year IB course sequences in 11th and 12th grade in each of the following subject areas: English, Language B, History, Science, Math, and an IB elective. In addition, the student must perform satisfactorily on IB exams at the end of their coursework, complete the Theory of Knowledge class, write an Extended Essay, and complete Creativity, Action, and Service requirements.