Middle Years Programme (Grades 7-10)

upper school students working in the library

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MYP offers a challenging framework that encourages students from Grades 7 to 10 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities benefit from their participation.

Why MYP at TMS?

  • MYP is excellent preparation for Diploma Programme (DP) through skills and content.
  • MYP focuses on learning skills: responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative, and self-regulation.
  • MYP is an inclusive program with lots of support to ensure a positive journey for all students.
  • MYP engages students in curriculum through experiential learning, international mindedness and service.
  • MYP develops students as a "whole person" with activities beyond academics, such as student clubs, sports teams, and social and community issues.

MYP Curriculum at TMS

The Ontario Ministry of Education outlines the content of each course. The IB MYP framework enriches how the content is taught. The MYP provides a balanced and broad range of subjects, and meaningful curriculum links are made among the subject areas.

What courses are offered in MYP?

  • English
  • French
  • Humanities (History and Geography)
  • Science
  • Math
  • Visual Arts
  • Integrated Arts (Gr. 10)
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Health/Physical Education
  • Civics and Citizenship (Gr. 10)
  • Design

Personal Project

TMS Grade 10 students complete a Personal Project; a significant piece of work that is the product of his/her own initiative and creativity. The Personal Project reflects the student’s interests and his/her understanding of a global context.

The Personal Project prepares students for the Extended Essay, a Diploma requirement.

CLICK on each of the topics below to see and hear how some of our students described their personal projects.


3D printing of a Fish Eye Lens


What does like a girl mean?


Creating a Breakfast Bar


Asian and Western Architecture Artwork


What's included in MYP?

Inquiry Learning: Every MYP unit begins with a statement of inquiry that engages students with factual, conceptual and debatable questions.

Global Contexts: The MYP encourages students to explore connections between subject areas and the real world through global contexts and inquire into what it means to be internationally-minded.

Concepts: Key concepts are BIG IDEAS that engage students in higher order thinking, helping them to connect facts and topics with complex conceptual understanding. Related concepts promote deep learning and are grounded in specific disciplines.

Service as Action: Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners are committed to service and make a positive difference to the lives of others and the environment.

TMS Approaches to Learning Skills (ATLs): These learning skills (responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative, self-regulation) directly relate to student progress and student success.

Learner Profile: The MYP promotes the education of the whole person through the Learner Profile. TMS believes that a person is truly “internationally minded” when they display all ten characteristics of the Learner Profile: thinker, knowledgeable, reflective, open-minded, balanced, communicator, principled, inquirer, caring and risk-taker.

IB MYP Personal Project