The MYP at IST

MYP Guide 2017-18
IB MYP Subject Briefs
The IST Student - Parent Handbook 2017-18
Extended Homeroom Learning Outcomes

This is a terrific reference document for parents to learn more about the objectives of the Extended Homeroom programme.  



Middle Years Programme

The IB Middle Years Programme is designed specifically for international students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, become critical and reflective thinkers, and develop the qualities and attributes of internationally-minded global citizens. The MYP was introduced at IST in 1998.

In line with our school vision, we endorse an approach to educating the whole child as opposed to only the academic side. Our faculty and staff are a multi-national blend of professionals with many areas of expertise. We believe that educating children is a team approach which includes strong communication with parents and the school community.

The Curriculum

The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community. Teaching and learning in the MYP is underpinned by the following concepts:

Teaching and learning in context

Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of:

• identities and relationships
• personal and cultural identity
• orientations in space and time
• scientific and technical innovation
• fairness and development
• globalization and sustainability.

Conceptual understanding

Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically. The MYP prescribes sixteen key interdisciplinary concepts along with related concepts for each discipline.

Approaches to Learning

Carrying on from the transdisciplinary skills of the Primary Years Programme (PYP), a unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, our ESP Weeks, Extended Homeroom and Take Action Tuesdays, approaches to learning (ATL) provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these social, thinking, research, communication and self-management skills helps students learn how to learn.

Blair Peterson

Secondary Principal


Kristine Greenlaw

Secondary Vice Principal


Trixie Siemens

Secondary Vice Principal


Vishanu Bhoja

MYP Coordinator


Mwamy Sykes

Admissions Director


Juliana Karubi

Secondary Office Manager
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