Middle Years Programme

Haut-Lac International Bilingual School has been authorised to deliver the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme since 2002. We are proud of our designation, and honoured to be able to bring this superb teaching philosophy to your children.

The Middle Years Programme (“MYP”) is offered to all pupils between the ages of 11 and 16. It is student-centred, and caters to all abilities, learning styles, cultural backgrounds, and academic histories. The curriculum is focused on developing both life skills and academics. Our students earn an internationally recognised qualification, and a solid foundation for continuing their studies with an International Baccalaureate Diploma or a programme of their choice.

Haut-Lac – A Leading MYP eAssessment School

In June 2016, Haut-Lac was honoured to be one of 160 schools worldwide (40% were European schools) that participated in the inaugural MYP5 eAssessment exam session. In acknowledgment of Haut-Lac’s pioneering support, the school may now display a special ‘Leading MYP eAssessment School’ badge in its publicity.

The new badge officially recognises our school’s forward thinking in supporting an assessment that is mindful of students’ increasing awareness and engagement with technology. It signals our leadership within a global community of schools that have embraced an innovative, rigorous, and globally consistent MYP assessment model which meets strict quality standards. 37 Haut-Lac students were tested on this occasion.

About the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

The MYP programme promotes well-rounded education by developing the whole person. The curriculum emphasises intellectual, emotional, personal, and social growth in all aspects of the educational experience.

At the core of the model is The Learner Profile. The programme is built to develop the qualities and character traits of a life-long learner: inquiry, independent thinking, open-mindedness, compassion, risk-taking, and clear constructive communication.

Encircling the Learner Profile is the idea of conceptual understanding. The programme is structured to highlight the relevance of technical knowledge, and help students make connections between inter-related fields and across subject areas.

The International Baccalaureate Approaches to Learning and Teaching is the thread that unifies all MYP subject groups. Our instructors are dedicated to helping students develop a solid foundation for independent learning. They encourage discovery, cross-functional skill use, and problem solving in unfamiliar contexts. Mastering these skills helps students learn how to learn – which we believe is more important than memorising facts and dates.

Action and service (learning by doing and experiencing) have always been shared MYP values. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to become caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to helping others. We are proud that our students choose to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in their environment.

Middle Years Programme Curriculum

MYP students thoroughly study 8 disciplines and complete a Personal Project. Instruction in all subjects is offered bilingually in English and French. Our teachers encourage a holistic view of learning through interdisciplinary connections.

Here is the list of major study areas:

  • Language and Literature (English and French)
  • Language acquisition (English and French)
  • Experimental Sciences (divided into Physics, Chemistry and Biology in MYP4 and MYP5)
  • Individuals and Societies (History, Geography and Business Studies in MYP4 and MYP5)
  • Arts (Music, Film, Dance and Visual Arts)
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Design
  • Mathematics

MYP5 students get the opportunity to pursue and deepen their knowledge of a topic that interests them when they complete their Personal Project in MYP5.

MYP Supports Students at a Time of Intense Change

At Haut-Lac, we recognise that 11 to 16 years old is a period of intense and often stressful change. Our students reassess themselves, their role in their family, their connections with friends, and their roles in society. Growing up is not easy, and children that age may often find themselves confused, frustrated, and emotionally challenged.

As parents and teachers, we understand that it can be difficult to watch your child withdraw, disconnect, become disagreeable, and act in a way that does not match who he or she is. We want to assure you that the MYP programme is designed to support and guide students in their search for a sense of belonging to their natural and social environments through the process of inquiry.

At Haut-Lac, every teacher, staff member, and administrator is committed to the MYP philosophy and strives to support the physical, social, emotional and academic development of every member of our community. We aim to educate, motivate and inspire our students so they can become confident, successful and responsible citizens of the world.