IB Middle Years Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasizes intellectual challenge. It encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life. The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.

The program empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. (ibo.org). 

Students are the heart of the IB MYP framework. The MYP incorporates grade 6 through 10 and includes eight subject areas. Working from the student center out, IB focuses on the Learner Profile, Approaches to Learning skills, service learning, including the community project completed in eighth grade, and the eight subject areas, all viewed through the lens of international-mindedness.

  • See how the MYP works here
  • The Eight MYP Subject Areas
  • Language and Literature – English, French
  • Visual and Performing Arts – Music, Drama
  • Mathematics 
  • Sciences
  • Physical Health and Education
  • Individuals and Societies – Social Studies
  • Language Acquisition – English, French, Spanish, Mandarin
  • Design – Digital Design

American International School Brazzaville is a candidate school* for the MYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org. 

MYP Grading scale & Curriculum Overview

To arrive at a criterion levels total for each student, teachers add together the student’s final achievement levels in all criteria of the subject group.

Our school uses the MYP 1–7 scale and the grade boundary guidelines table that follows to determine final grades in each year of the MYP. The table provides a means of converting the criterion levels total into a grade based on a scale of 1–7.


Boundary guidelines




Produces work of very limited quality. Conveys many significant misunderstandings or lacks understanding of most concepts and contexts. Very rarely demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Very inflexible, rarely using knowledge or skills.



Produces work of limited quality. Expresses misunderstandings or significant gaps in understanding for many concepts and contexts. Infrequently demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Generally inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, infrequently applying knowledge and skills.



Produces work of an acceptable quality. Communicates basic understanding of many concepts and contexts, with occasionally significant misunderstandings or gaps. Begins to demonstrate some basic critical and creative thinking. Is often inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, requiring support even in familiar classroom situations.



Produces good-quality work. Communicates basic understanding of most concepts and contexts with few misunderstandings and minor gaps. Often demonstrates basic critical and creative thinking. Uses knowledge and skills with some flexibility in familiar classroom situations, but requires support in unfamiliar situations.



Produces generally high-quality work. Communicates secure understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, sometimes with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar classroom and real-world situations and, with support, some unfamiliar real-world situations.



Produces high-quality, occasionally innovative work. Communicates extensive understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, frequently with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar and unfamiliar classroom and real- world situations, often with independence.



Produces high-quality, frequently innovative work. Communicates comprehensive, nuanced understanding of concepts and contexts. Consistently demonstrates sophisticated critical and creative thinking. Frequently transfers knowledge and skills with

independence and expertise in a variety of complex classroom and real-world situations.

Click here for the 2023-2024 MYP Curriculum Overview.

Middle Years Programme Frequently Asked Questions