The MYP at IST

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.

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 using global contexts

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.


The MYP comprises eight discreet subject groups: sciences, arts, design, mathematics, individuals and societies, language and literature, language acquisition, and physical and health education.

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.

Useful Documents


IST offers an incredible breadth of opportunities to students allowing them to achieve according to their interests. Whether your child is an aspiring athlete, accomplished musician, budding scientist or passionate advocate for the underdog, they'll find support and inspiration to take on new challenges in our exceptionally diverse community.


Secondary Campus: In Pictures

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Welcome to IST Secondary

Blair Peterson
Trixie Siemens
Vice Principal
Kristine Greenlaw
Vice Principal
Tom Triller
Director of Teaching and Learning
Vishanu Bhoja
MYP Coordinator
Juliana Karubi
Office Manager
Mwamy Sykes
Admissions Director
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