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Rule revision allows schools to offer MYP as a discrete two-year IB programme

Now, a freestanding two-year programme is a new option available to all schools to extend access to the Middle Years Programme (MYP). Under this rule change, schools may offer any two years of the MYP. A full description of the new MYP flexibility is available in the IB guide to authorization.

We invite you to take a closer look at the MYP and discuss with your school community the potential of this excellent programme. IB regional office representatives will be pleased to answer your programme implementation questions and further explain the IB authorization process.

Who do I contact for more details?

Schools interested in implementing the MYP under the revised rule may apply to the IB any time from July 2015 onward. Contact an IB development team in your region for details: Africa, Europe and the Middle East; the Americas; or Asia Pacific.

MYP educators will receive up-to-date MYP implementation guidance and professional development (PD) opportunities designed especially for those new to the IB, including support materials, fully trained PD workshop leaders and post PD workshop surveys that assure quality and satisfaction. PD workshops also provide excellent networking opportunities to engage with other educators.

How can I learn more before contacting the IB?

Three cost-free, pre-recorded MYP eAssemblies are available via on-demand replay to get the specifics on MYP eAssessment. These are presented by IB leaders at the forefront of interdisciplinary international education.

What were the previous rules?

As part of the IB continuum, the five-year Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11-16 years provides a rich teaching and learning environment in which students are the center of learning. They engage in their learning by making connections between their subject areas and by linking their learning to the world around them. All MYP students study a second language and strive to understand other cultures; they develop awareness of the human condition and gain understanding of the commonality of the human experience.

In addition to the full five-year programme, the MYP is currently also available in two-, three- or four-year formats, as either a prelude to the Diploma Programme (DP) or as a follow-on to the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Even so, these previous implementation rules had the effect of limiting access to an MYP education.