Middle Years Program

Middle Years Program (MYP) 
MYP Coordinator: Cheryl Steighner 

A challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, the MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation. For more information, visit Middle Years Program

The MYP curriculum framework comprises of eight subject groups: arts, design, individuals and societies, language acquisition, language and literature, mathematics, physical and health education, and science. Students will receive at least 50 hours of instruction for each subject group, in each year of the program.

Students will complete the first three years of the MYP at Wainwright and can complete the final two at Foss High School.

Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Program (DP) or Career-related Program (CP).  

For more information about Foss High School’s IB program.


Follow the links for more information from the International Baccalaureate about the Diploma Program and Career-related Program​.

  • Conceptual Learning  - 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. 
  • Approaches to Learning (ATL)  - A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning provides the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of students’ knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these skills help students learn how to learn. 
  • Service ​​​​​​​ - Action (learning by doing and experiencing) and service have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Service as action is an integral part of the program, especially in the MYP community project, and to some extent in the personal project.  
  • Language and identity ​​​​​​​ - MYP students are required to learn at least two languages. Learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to their development of intercultural understanding and crucial to their identity affirmation. 

Have Questions?

To learn more about the IB program at Wainwright, contact:

Lauri Klanke, IB Coordinator
Primary Years Program

Cheryl Steighner, IB Coordinator
Middle Years Program