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The Middle Years Programme (MYP)

Canadian School of Milan is an IB World School and offers the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). IB World Schools share a common philosophy:  a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that we believe is important for our students.

Only schools authorised by the IB Organisation can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). 


The MYP programme recognises the unique developmental characteristics of early adolescence, which is marked by significant physical, intellectual, emotional and moral growth and change. In recognition of this, the Middle Years Programme seeks to facilitate learning experiences that are authentic, holistic, relevant, engaging and build a healthy sense of self. International-mindedness is woven through the fabric of the programme’s framework and is expressed through the IB learner profile.

The framework provides flexibility for teachers to develop teaching programmes that are responsive to needs of students who are making sense of a rapidly changing world and to make authentic connections between their learning and local, regional and international contexts.

Curriculum Framework

The Middle School has eight subject groups on the outside of the octagonal curriculum model. All students are expected to study from each of these subject groups, and each group is of equal value. This helps ensure that all students receive a broad and balanced education to draw upon before making decisions about subject specialisation in Grades 11 and 12.

The eight subject groups are:

Language and Literature (English A, Italian A)

English and Italian are compulsory subjects at CSM in all years of the MYP. All first language students of English and Italian study the subjects at Language and Literature level. 

Language Acquisition (French B, Italian B, Spanish B)

The subjects are offered at different levels or “phases” in each year of the programme. Placement in a particular phase is based on the student’s level of the language.


At CSM Mathematics is studied by all students from grade 6 to 10. The courses provide students with the opportunity to develop their mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills by building on previous work in the subject.

Individuals and Societies (History, Geography, Society and Cultures)

Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 study an integrated course that provides a basic knowledge of Science and its application to life on a planet that is limited in its resources. The course enables students to acquire a core of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will equip them well to study the separate science subjects in later years. 

In Grades 9 and 10 the course is divided into Physics, Chemistry and Biology components. Students are introduced to the specialist nature of the individual disciplines. It is hoped that the students will be able to make an informed decision at the end of Grade 10 as to which science subject they wish to follow in years 11 and 12 and possibly beyond. 


Design is offered in grades 6-10.

Students study the Design Cycle from the point of view of two different disciplines, but are expected to approach solving problems in the same way.

The Arts (Visual Arts, Drama, Music)

All students study Drama, Music and Visual Arts in grades 6 to 8. In years 9 and 10 students will choose at least one of the Arts. Each course is designed to increase the students’ understanding of the respective subject while meeting the overall aims of the MYP Arts.Through studying MYP subject knowledge, concepts and skills, students will also develop a broad suite of Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills.

Physical and Health Education

All students follow the Physical and Health Education (PHE) in years 6 – 10. In addition to the PHE programme there are also annual sports events that involve all students. There is also a variety of extracurricular sports activities for students of all abilities.

Global Contexts

Global Contexts is the Middle School framework for organising the curriculum’s content and skills with deep conceptual understanding. Conceptual understandings of taught content help students transfer ideas across topic areas and traditional subject boundaries. The Global Contexts build upon the knowledge and thinking skills developed through the primary transdisciplinary themes.