International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Information

La Mirada Academy has been accepted as a candidate for the Middle Years Program, and our sixth grade students have already begun participating in the IB Middle Years Program curriculum. Seventh grade will be added during the 2018/19 school year, and eighth grade the following year. 

Students from our inaugural class share what it is like to be a student in the Middle Years Program as we begin this incredible journey.

 Student Video

IB Middle Years Program

International Baccalaureate Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end, the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that people with their differences, can also be right. 

Source: International Baccalaureate International: MYP, From Principles to Practice

What is the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program?

The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. As in the Primary Years Program, an emphasis is placed on creating internationally minded students who exhibit the characteristics of the IB Learner Profile. Students are engaged in meaningful disciplinary and interdisciplinary units of study that are globally significant. 

Middle Years Program Subject Areas

Language acquisition
Language and literature
Individuals and societies
Sciences
Mathematics
Arts
Physical and health education
Design

Middle Years Program Global Contexts

Within each unit of study for each subject area, there are opportunities for students to make connections with the real world. The following global contexts are addressed throughout the program:

Identities and Relationships
Orientation in Space and Time
Personal and Cultural Expression
Science and Technical Innovation
Globalization and Sustainability
Fairness and Development

Approaches to Learning 

Throughout the units of study, students will have numerous opportunities to practice/refine these skills as they approach each learning experience.

Communication
Communication skills

Social
Collaboration skills

Self-management
Organizational skills 
Affective skills
Reflection skills

Research
Information literacy skills
Media literacy skills 

Thinking
Critical thinking skills
Creative thinking skills
Transfer skills 

Action/Service

As part of their middle school experience, students are encouraged to utilize what they are learning by taking action in the community on an ongoing basis. As a culminating experience of their middle years program experience here at La Mirada Academy, eighth grade students will be participating in a community project

Additional Information
IB Middle Years Program Website