7 Reasons Why the MYP is Great Preparation for the IB Diploma
Many International Schools in Bangkok offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma programme to students in the last two years of high school. However KIS International School, which offers a full IB education, through the IB Primary Years Programme (for 3-12 year olds) and the IB Middle Years Programme, or MYP (11-16 year-olds) as a preparation for the IB Diploma, gives its students a head start on the IB Diploma. Here are 7 reasons why the MYP sets your child up for success in the IB Diploma.
1. MYP students are confident and independent in managing their learning
The MYP incorporates Approaches to Learning, helping students to learn how to learn. MYP students become aware of their learning strengths and weaknesses and they improve their skills in areas such as time management, communication, self management, research, and thinking, as well as improving their social skills. Students in the MYP also engage in an extended “Personal Project” which teaches them to complete a project from a concept to a finished product, and to reflect on this process as well. All of this helps set them up for success in the IB Diploma where students are expected to be self-motivated and independent learners.
2. MYP students do better than non-IB students in higher order thinking skills such as analyzing and evaluating information
Teachers ask students to explain their reasoning and to use their research to support their opinion. Students continuously analyze the quality of their information and approach problems from different perspectives. They design their own experiments and challenge each other through discussions. These thinking skills are necessary for the IB Diploma subjects and are key when students start their Extended Essay and their Theory of Knowledge classes.
3. MYP students are better writers and researchers
Students in the MYP conduct hands-on research based on real world information and situations. They are taught to evaluate their sources and how to apply the information they find. Many projects are documented through written reports, with correct citation and bibliographies, and students regularly write reflections about the learning process and outcomes. This is all excellent preparation for the IB Diploma extended essay and for life at university.
4. MYP students have better affective skills
Throughout the MYP students work on developing their emotional intelligence. They learn how to manage stress, overcome challenges and how to be more resilient. These skills are valuable throughout a student’s life and they are particularly useful in managing the demands of the IB Diploma.
5. MYP students understand how to transfer what they have learned to new situations
Students don’t just learn knowledge, but they also learn larger concepts. These concepts (such as identity, aesthetics, community, etc.) allow students to see the bigger picture of what they are learning and to use what they have learned in other situations. The MYP also provides so-called Global Contexts, which encourage students to approach their reasoning from different perspectives, such as Scientific and Technical Innovation, Fairness and Development, and Personal and Cultural Expression. Working with these tools helps students with their IB Internal Assessments, their Extended Essay and their Theory of Knowledge class, as well as helping them to understand their subjects in greater depth.
6. MYP students know how to engage in meaningful service
CAS is an integral part of the IB Diploma. Students in the MYP often initiate projects or activities which can then form the basis for their Creativity, Action and Service in the Diploma. One benefit is that the experience they gain in organizing events, fundraising, joining sports teams or supporting their local communities ensures that they don’t have to reinvent the wheel in Grade 11 and 12. Moreover, on a deeper level, engaging in service helps students to think about and define their learning outcomes, while the process of planning and carrying out CAS activities further promotes students’ leadership skills.
7. And last, but certainly not least, MYP students do better on IB Diploma exams
Research shows that students who have completed the IB Middle Years Programme do better on the IB Diploma exams, in Theory of Knowledge and on the Extended Essay. Students who completed the MYP understand the expectations of the IB and they are familiar with the IB language and approach. They have higher levels of confidence, which positively affect exam results, and they have learned how to study well. Students with MYP experience know how to approach problems from different perspectives and using different disciplines (subjects), providing broader, deeper and more creative solutions to problems in general and for the IB Diploma requirements in particular.
The chart below shows the pass rate and percentage of high scores of MYP students compared to all students who took the IB Diploma*.
* The IB Middle Years Programme at a Glance. The International Baccalaureate Organization, 2016.
Iborganization. “MYP Studies.” International Baccalaureate®, 2017, www.ibo.org/research/outcomes-research/myp-studies/.
Iborganization. “What Is the MYP?” International Baccalaureate®, www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/what-is-the-myp/.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): Comparing IB Diploma Programme Outcomes of Students Who Complete the MYP and Other Middle Years Courses of Study. ACER, 2015,