Middle Years Programme

IBMYP At Western International School of Shanghai

The Western International School of Shanghai is proud to offer the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) as part of the full continuum of IB programmes. The IBMYP is a challenging framework for students aged 11-16 that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.

The MYP is a five-year programme for students in Grades 6-10. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or the IB Career-related Programme (CP).

What is the IBMYP?

The MYP aspires to deliver to students a school experience that is motivated by a sense of wonder and powered by the joy inherent in discovery. The MYP experience is driven by creative and critical thinking, allowing students to develop the desire and skills to understand and impact their world.

  • addresses students’ intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being
  • provides students with 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
  • develops international mindedness with a focus on understanding different cultures
  • empowers students to participate in service in the local community and on a global scale
  • helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace, and a lifetime of learning
Read Middle Years Programme Guide Book

The IB Middle Years Programme Curriculum

All IBMYP students participate in 8 group subjects. At WISS, all students must take English and select another language from the offerings.

Language and Literature
(English, Chinese, German, Korean and Spanish)

Language Acquisition (English, Chinese, Spanish)

(Standard and Extended)


Individuals and Societies
(Integrated Humanities)

Physical and Health Education


Creative Arts
(Visual Arts, Music, Drama,
and Media)

Service as Action

Students will encounter opportunities to engage in service learning in every subject they study, in their after school activities, and in the variety of community events hosted by WISS. Through their service, students develop a deeper understanding of the local, national, and international communities to which they belong. As a learning expectation, we ask students to serve the larger community because we place a high value on the experience of service. Our aim as educators is to challenge, inspire, and equip our students to take meaningful action. Fulfillment of WISS’ expectation for participation in Action for Service is a requirement for every year in the MYP and of the IB MYP certificate.

Examples of Service Action Projects at WISS:

I went to Abu Dhabi to volunteer at the Special Olympics World Games 2019. I was able to meet volunteers and athletes from around the world. I learned that people with intellectual disabilities are so similar to us.

Nicole (Special Olympics)

It was our endeavor to demonstrate the diversity of our community and improve the look of our school. It turned out to be a very good experience. We learned to be patient and developed our artistic skills.

Grade 10 students (Wall Beautification)
Yuki, George, Jesus, Jena, Tony, Andres, Emos, Damian, Maggie, Sonia, Allison, Daniel and Martin

We went to a local orphanage close to the school and spent time getting to know the children. We did a fundraiser for the orphanage to get gifts for the orphanage, and other things they needed. It was difficult to communicate with them, but I enjoyed working with kids and interacting with them.

Grade 10 students (Orphanage)
Andre, Sebastian, Charles and Gur

MYP Personal Project

The MYP Personal Project is a vital element of the MYP experience. It provides an excellent opportunity for students to produce a truly personal and often creative product/outcome while demonstrating a consolidation of their learning in the MYP. The personal nature of the project is important; each project revolves around a challenge that motivates and interests the individual student. We celebrate these projects collectively inviting the school community to share in the accomplishments of the student.

Examples of MYP Personal Projects at WISS:

I created this video in order to advertise for the school and give future MYP WISS students an idea of what to expect for their personal project process.

Ehud (MYP Personal Project Video)

I wanted to give my classmates a uniform that they enjoyed wearing, more comfortable and is fashionable. This was my first time designing a jacket and I plan to go to design school one day.

Angel (WISS Jacket)

I made a video about Shanghai because I have been living here for such a long time I decided that making a video about the city which I feel a connection to would be a great Personal Project.

Robbie (Shanghai Video)

I created a WeChat-based English and Chinese platform called “Furever Friends” that can allow potential owners in Shanghai to adopt dogs and cats from their phones.

Elena (WeChat for Pet Adoption)

Benefits of IBMYP

MYP students are well-rounded students, they respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, they are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex, and unpredictable situations.

Highlights of IBMYP at Western International School of Shanghai

At WISS, students are the center of learning. Built upon the IB framework, the WISS educational program encompasses the particular interests and needs of our unique student body.

IBMYP Certificate

All WISS Grade10 students participate in the MYP eAssessments to receive their IBMYP Certificate. Students complete a Personal Project, Service as Action, ePortfolios in Language Acquisition, Design, PHE, and Creative Arts; and onscreen assessments in Language and Literature, Mathematics, Sciences, and Humanities, as well as Interdisciplinary Learning.

Explore China

Students participate in yearly cultural and service team-building trips throughout China with their grade-level peers. WISS groups have traveled to many cities including Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Yangshuo, and Nanbeihu.

Strong Community

WISS celebrates a community of learners in the MYP promoting international-mindedness, leadership, and collaboration through involvement with not only our school-wide community but also embracing the local community.


Facilities and indoor/outdoor space promote creativity, discovery, and inquiry. WISS Secondary (MYP/DP/CP) offers state of the art Design labs, fully outfitted Science Labs, a full size, multi-sport gymnasium with a climbing wall, and a professional qulaity Astroturf soccer field, just to name a few.

Student Leadership in a Cross-Programme Environment

Students are encouraged to lead and participate in a wide variety of activities and clubs that support the development of their leadership and collaborative skills. Some examples of these cross-programme opportunities include Model United Nations (MUN), Student Council, Robotics, ISTA, Community Choir, Community Orchestra, and Stoke City FC Academy.