IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The Middle Years Programme (MYP)

Renaissance College (RCHK) offers the International Baccalaureate MYP programme. RCHK has been a fully authorised MYP school since November 2007.

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is designed for students aged 11 to 16 years and sits between the PYP and the IB Diploma creating a continuum of education. The MYP provides a comprehensive curriculum framework of academic challenge that enables students to embrace the connections between traditional subjects and the world in which they live through the process of inquiry.

The MYP supports student learning in this critical phase of personal, psychological, social, physical and intellectual development. Success in school is closely related to social and emotional wellbeing and the MYP aims to build self esteem and resilience through exploring life beyond the classroom.  The MYP uses a rigorous process of criterion-based assessment across the disciplines to develop academic knowledge and skills.

Students in the MYP are encouraged to:

  • Develop a sense of discovery and enjoyment of the learning process both collaboratively and individually
  • Recognize the manner in which knowledge, skills and concepts are interrelated
  • Learn to communicate effectively across different media, in English and additional languages
  • Develop their own sense of cultural identity and respect for other cultural identities
  • Reflect upon their ideas, behaviours and attitudes
  • Become independent learners who use their knowledge, skills and talents to participate actively and responsibly
Learning in the MYP

In the MYP, eight key subject areas (above) form the academic framework through both disciplinary and also interdisciplinary learning. The subjects are connected through key concepts that enable students to understand and link the big ideas they are studying. Relevance to the real world is provided by global contexts.

At Renaissance College students are required to study the following subjects:

  • Language and Literature: English and Putonghua (Chinese)
  • Language Acquisition: Putonghua (Chinese)
  • Individuals and Societies (formerly Humanities)
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physical and Health Education (formerly Physical Education)
  • Design (formerly Design and Technology)
  • The Arts: Music, Drama and Visual Art
MYP Global Contexts (PYP Transdisciplinary themes)

The Global Contexts provide the shared starting point for inquiry and international mindedness building on the learning skills from the IB Primary Years Programme.

  • The six global contexts are:
  • Identities and relationships
  • Orientation in space and time
  • Personal and cultural expression
  • Scientific and technical innovation
  • Globalization and sustainability
  • Fairness and development

In the final year of the programme, all students engage in the Personal Project. This process enables them to investigate, design, create and reflect upon a personal area of interest and demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have developed through the MYP through one of the global contexts.

What are the benefits of a four-programme IB school?
  • Learning through inquiry is central to all three programmes.
  • PYP transdisciplinary themes become the MYP Global Contexts followed by the DP Theory of Knowledge
  • Skills gained from the PYP exhibition support the MYP Personal Project and which in turn can be developed and used in the IB Diploma Extended Essay.
  • Assessment in all three programmes is criteria-based.
  • Action in the PYP leads into Action and Service in the MYP and CAS in the Diploma.

These experiences enable MYP learners to become successful independent, globally-minded critical thinkers prepared for the demands of the IB Diploma.


Additional resources for parents and guardians

Digital Toolkit

MYP Information

MYP General Regulations

Rules for IB World Schools



Brandy Stern
IB MYP Coordinator/Secondary Vice-Principal