The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) is designed for students age 11-16 in grades 6 through 10.  The program is designed to foster relationships between school subjects, the student as an independent learner, and the community.  Students are encouraged to consider multiple perspectives with the aim of promoting global awareness.  Communication is also fundamentally stressed as it supports inquiry, reflection, and expression.

The Key Concepts and Global Contexts provide a system of educational dynamics that extend the learning and make critical connections that foster problem-solving and interrelated concepts.  Teachers use the Global Contexts to focus lessons in ways that require the information and skills to be viewed through different lens with the results being an expansion of the material or skills and an infusion into the long-term knowledge base of the student.

·Students are encouraged to ask questions such as:

  • How do I learn best?
  • How do I know?
  • How do I communicate my understanding?

Through these approaches students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and develop an awareness of their thought processes and learning strategies.

Students who earn the MYP Certificate have been engaged in a program guided by the International Baccalaureate Organization’s (IBO) mission to guide young people “to become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs” (from the IBO Mission Statement). The mission statement is further supported by the “IB Learner Profile,” the mission statement in action. To earn an MYP Certificate from Norcross High School, students must complete a personal project and show satisfactory progress in their MYP subject areas. For more information, visit the Norcross High School MYP Requirements Page.

Click the links below that explain some of the policies and findings of the program. Also, review the graphic for a visual representation of how the program works.

Rules for IB Middle Years Programme Schools

General Regulations for IB Middle Years Programme Schools

Key findings on the impact of the IB Middle Years Programme

IBMYP Graphic


A student who matriculates into Norcross High School from an existing Norcross cluster MYP program does not need to make application for participation in the MYP curriculum.  If a student is new to the MYP program and wishes to earn a limited MYP certificate at the end of the sophomore year, he or she may make application. Pinckneyville Middle School and Summerour Middle School have whole-school MYP programs.  All students in these schools are involved in MYP.  Participation in a program designed to serve exceptionalities and special needs may, in some cases, preclude full involvement in all aspects of the MYP.

James Glenn

Norcross High School MYP Coordinator

Bridget Guenthner

Pinckneyville Middle School MYP Coordinator

Toni Weir

Summerour Middle School MYP Coordinator