In our Secondary Department, from ages 11-16, Middle Years Programme* (MYP) offers learners the opportunity to explore eight different subject groupings, from a holistic perspective. By holistic, we mean character-driven, skill-based, interdisciplinary, conceptual, and contextual. We prioritize rich teacher learner relationships, small class sizes, and meaningful, critical and creative engagement in all of our classes. Students in Years 7-9 study the following subjects:
• English Language and Literature
• Individuals and Societies
• Design and Technology
• Visual Arts
• Musical Band
• Interdisciplinary Sciences
• Physical Education and Swimming
• French and Kiswahili
• Dance & Drama
Subject Selection Guidelines
- Years 10 and 11 students have more flexibility in their subject choices. Some of these choices include specialising in a particular science or sciences, such as Biology, Physics or Chemistry, dropping either French or Kiswahili, or adding a particular social studies course, such as Geography or History.
- Every science unit has a practical lab element.
- All students are expected to spend at least three years learning an instrument of their choosing.
- Design and Technology involves the use of ICT skills, in addition to a wide range of technologies such as 3D Printers and Raspberry Pi.
The more students can view one subject from the various lenses of another, the more fruitful their connections can be. The interdisciplinary nature of the Years 7-9 Sciences class and the 7-9 Individuals and Societies classes are instrumental in this pursuit. We also conduct an MYP department-wide Africana Unit and exhibition where each student is assigned an African country and must use pieces from their various disciplines to best advertise their respective countries. Aside from this, every year each student undergoes at least one additional interdisciplinary unit.
The Year 11 Personal Projects revolve around the sustained development of a project of the student’s own choosing. Year 11 students utilize the interdisciplinary learning skills, contexts and concepts that they have acquired over their years in the MYP. These projects allow for creative and critical engagement with the student’s own interests, thus serving as a bridge between the student’s own competencies and interests, and the subject material from the curriculum.
To download IB MYP brochure, click here.
*Only schools authorised by the IB Organisation can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted.