Athens College High School

The MYP at Athens College

The MYP (Middle Years Programme) is a comprehensive curriculum that helps students aged 11-16 years develop useful skills for their lifetime.  It is compatible with the National Curriculum.  At the same time, it allows students to identify their strengths, explore their learning preferences and form a holistic picture of the world.

It is one of
four programmes offered by the IBO. 

Basic concepts of the programme:

  • Holistic learning
  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • Communication



The programme model:





The first ring around the student at the centre describes the features of the programme that help students develop disciplinary (and interdisciplinary) understanding.





The second ring describes some important outcomes of the programme.



The third ring describes the MYP’s broad and balanced curriculum.



The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

As IB learners they strive to be:

INQUIRERS They nurture their curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research.  They know how to learn independently and with others.  They learn with enthusiasm and sustain their love of learning throughout life.
KNOWLEDGEABLE They develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines.  They engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
THINKERS They use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems.  They exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
COMMUNICATORS They express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways.  They collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
PRINCIPLED They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere.  They take responsibility for their actions and consequences.
OPEN-MINDED They critically appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others.  They seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
CARING They show empathy, compassion and respect.  They have a commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around them.
RISK-TAKERS They approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; they work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies.  They are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
BALANCED They understand the importance of balancing different aspects of their lives - intellectual, physical and emotional - to achieve well-being for themselves and others.  They recognize their independence with other people and with the world in which they live.
REFLECTIVE They thoughtfully consider the world and their own ideas and experience.  They work to understand their strengths and weaknesses in order to support their learning and personal development.



Arts Knowing and understanding Developing skills Thinking creatively Responding
Design Inquiring and analysing Developing ideas Creating the solution Evaluating
Individuals and societies Knowing and understanding Investigating Communicating Thinking critically
Language acquisition Comprehending spoken and visual text Comprehending written and visual text Communicating Using language
Language and literature Analysing Organizing Producing text Using language
Mathematics Knowing and understanding Investigating patterns Communicating Applying mathematics in real-world contexts
Physical and health education Knowing and understanding Planning for performance Applying and performing Reflecting and improving performance
Sciences Knowing and understanding Inquiring and designing Processing and evaluating Reflecting on the impacts of science