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Middle Years Programme

At HIS, students in grades 6 through 10 undertake the Middle Years Programme, which is designed to meet the needs of students aged 11 to 16 as they undertake an important period of their lives, marked by rapid physical and mental development. HIS was granted full authorization to deliver the Middle Years Programme in 2017, providing an important link and a continuum of learning from the Primary Years Programme to the Diploma Programme.

MYP Framework - A Broad and Balanced Curriculum

The MYP framework emphasizes contextual, conceptual and inquiry-based learning and promotes the development of skills for lifelong learning and success in our world. Students who participate in the MYP develop an understanding of global challenges and take principled action.

As the middle programme of the IB, our MYP students continue to build on the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they developed in the Primary Years Programme while at the same time prepare for the demands of the Diploma Programme. The broad and holistic curriculum framework of the MYP requires students to take courses in each of the following eight subject areas:

  • Language and literature (either English, Korean, Japanese or Vietnamese)
  • Language acquisition (either English, French or Vietnamese)
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts (Visual Arts, Music, Drama)
  • Physical and health education
  • Design

Assessment and reports

In the MYP teachers are responsible for developing all assessment tasks, strategies and tools. As such assessment in the MYP is best described as internal. Assessment in the MYP is criterion-related and directly linked to the aims and objectives of the subject groups. In order to provide meaningful feedback, teachers use a range of assessment strategies.

Student progress towards the MYP objectives is reported regularly using the prescribed subject-group assessment criteria. Also three-way conferences, Semester reports, and grades accessible online mean that parents are well informed of their child's progress.

The Personal project

The MYP culminates in the personal project. This is an exciting opportunity for students to work independently on a project of their own personal interest. Through this practical exploration, students apply the understandings and skills they have developed throughout the MYP. At HIS, our students begin the project at the end of Grade 9 and complete the project in Grade 10.