Middle Years Programme

International Baccalaureate MYP logo

Natomas Middle School is pleased to announce that we are an authorized IB World MYP School as of January 2016.

What is the Middle Years Programme (MYP)?

The MYP is designed for students age 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding, and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century.

Natomas Middle School is an IB World School in partnership with Inderkum High School for the Middle Years Programme. These schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that the Inderkum High School Partnership believes is important for our students.
Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate).

International Baccalaureate MYP Infographic

Why offer MYP?

Research shows that students participating in the MYP: build confidence in managing their own learning, learn by doing, connect the classroom to the larger world, outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills, consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Program examinations, thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel, and develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.

Benefits of MYP

As part of an MYP education, students will: 

  • addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
  • provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future
  • ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups
  • requires the study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
  • empowers students to participate in service within the community
  • helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace

For more information, please contact us or visit the MYP Teacher Resource page.


International Baccalaureate website
Middle Years Programme website
“10 Reasons” infographic