Middle Years Programme (MYP) – Gr. 8

Garibaldi Secondary is pleased to announce that it officially in the candidate phase for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) school. The IB Middle Years Programme is an INCLUSIVE, WHOLE SCHOOL programme that is offered to more than 1 million students in over 3,700 schools in 147 countries. The IB Middle Years Programme is part of the International Baccalaureate continuum which includes both the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB Career-related Programme (CP), both currently offered at Garibaldi Secondary. This page will be updated as we move through the MYP application and 

The IB Middle Years Programme focusses on developing critical, creative and reflective thinkers within a global perspective. It encourages students to make connections between their studies and the real world.  The new provincial curriculum for grades 8 and 9 which are being fully implemented this year aligns with the IB Middle Years Programme. The new curriculum places emphasis on student inquiry, big ideas, competencies and global awareness, all part of the IB Middle Years Programme.

In each year of the program, students will be encouraged to make connections between their subject areas through cross curricular projects.  In grade 10, their learning and growth will culminate into a Personal Project where students will explore and present a topic of great personal relevance to them.

IB MYP centres around learners and encourages students to focus on their studies and on their own personal growth within an inquiry model.  IB MYP aspires to produce students who can think for themselves, work cooperatively with others, undertake new challenges with confidence and enthusiasm, care for their own local community as well as the global community.  

MYP / Research-demonstrated impact

Research studies provide evidence that MYP students tend to distinguish themselves from their non-MYP peers:

  • MYP students perform as well as, or better than, their peers at non-IB World Schools on international assessments (including math, reading, narrative and expository writing).
  • MYP students are more likely to engage in student service learning projects in school and to participate in volunteer activities outside of school
  • MYP is also a strong predictor of performance in the IB Diploma Programme (DP).