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IB MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME

A caring and supportive environment where students develop responsibility for their own learning and are able to develop their unique potential in all areas: social, academic, artistic and athletic.

Here at BBIS students, parents, teachers, and administrators all share a common goal: to realize each student’s unique potential in all areas of learning, including academic, artistic, athletic and social growth. The challenging, holistic and engaging curriculum framework we use throughout the Secondary MYP years, which span from grade 6 to 10, is the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.

The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. This period, encompassing early puberty and mid-adolescence, is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development, and requires a programme that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts.

It is very important for us that students appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and that they learn to respect the perspectives and values of others while working with them. Through our challenging and holistic curriculum we aim to help students develop the ability to evaluate and synthesize different points of view and exchange their thoughts and ideas in a respectful way, even when in disagreement. 
Michaela Jung – Secondary School Principal - MYP

The programme insists on a thorough study of various disciplines while emphasizing the importance of their interrelatedness. This is known as a holistic view of learning. It asks the student to consider issues and problems in their widest scope and to realize that good solutions often come from knowledge and understanding drawn from many sources.

In short, students learn to think critically in order to solve authentic problems. This is why we focus on helping students recognize relationships between school subjects – and to combine relevant knowledge from different subjects and the world outside.

At BBIS, we believe in the importance of education as a way of fostering understanding among young people from around the world by encouraging them to consider issues from multiple perspectives. We aim to develop students’ attitudes, knowledge and skills as they learn about their own and others’ social, national and ethnic cultures. In this way, students develop inter-cultural awareness and learn how to build understanding and respect.