We have been certified by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) to offer the Middle Years Programme (MYP) since 2002. At Hiram Bingham, we offer the MYP to all our students from sixth to ninth grade.
The MYP emphasises intellectual challenge and aims to develop students who are internationally-minded and active learners. MYP students explore a wide range of concepts in different disciplines and academic contexts, through varied learning experiences organised in units of inquiry, with the aim of developing their communication skills, thinking skills, self-management research, and social skills. All of these, together with the development of dispositions, will promote student progress in relation to the Hiram Bingham Learner Profile, based on the IB Learner Profile.
The MYP continues the learning experience that students bring from the PYP (Primary Years Programme) and provides a solid foundation for the rigorous curriculum of the Diploma Programme.
MYP Curriculum Framework
The MYP curriculum framework is based on conceptual learning, which goes beyond content and based on six global contexts.
The use of global contexts allows MYP students to understand the conditions that unites them as human beings, and the responsibility they share to care for the planet. This is achieved by exploring six global contexts:
The purpose of the MYP is to help students develop their personal understanding, sense of the self and responsibility in the community. MYP students use concepts as a means to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global importance, and to examine knowledge holistically.
The Personal Project is the final project of the MYP. Students select their own topic of study and this allows them to engage in hands-on explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action, and reflection. Students select a topic to explore, write their own goals, research, design, create, and evaluate their product and process.
Service plays an important role in all IB programmes. At Hiram Bingham, HB Service is an essential part of the MYP curriculum. Each year students work on different service projects. Some of these include working with schools for students with different abilities, a centre for senior citizenss, and schools for people with physical disabilities.