IB Middle Years Programme 4-5


IB Middle Years Programme

IB Middle Years Programme is a fully-accredited international curriculum designed by the International Baccalaureate organisation.

The IB programmes are studied by well over a million students at different ages all over the world. As the first school in Sweden to offer the IB MYP programme, staff at SSHL have many years of experience delivering this holistic curriculum.

At SSHL we offer IB MYP 4-5
– MYP 4 corresponds to Swedish Middle School year 9
– MYP 5 corresponds to Swedish High School year 1

The MYP subjects are taught in English, so that students are prepared for the IB DP and IB CP which are delivered in English.

IB MYP Info Sheet 2023-24 (pdf)

For all students in the IB Programmes, the additional IB school fee applies.

Assessment and continuing studies

Assessment on this route follows the IB MYP criteria where the students receive IB grades 1-7.

Students will be prepared not only for continuing their studies through the internationally acclaimed IB Diploma Programme (DP) or IB Career-related Programme (CP), but also more generally for life in an international environment. Those students who want to choose a Swedish ‘gymnasium’ programme after year 9 will have the requisite knowledge that their peers who have followed the Swedish ‘grundskola’ have acquired.

Subject areas

In the MYP there are eight subject areas:

  • As Languages and Literature on an advanced level, most students take both English and Swedish /Swedish as a second language, where both language skills and knowledge in literature are developed.
  • Swedish can also be studied as a Language Acquisition, at a beginners or more advanced level. As an additional ‘Modern language’ you can choose between French or Spanish at beginners level, where you study together with students from the Swedish programme and receive Swedish assessment.
  • Mathematics is of course a critical component of the programme and we give support both to students who need the extra challenge and students who find maths hard.
    Science, which includes biology, chemistry and physics, is taught with a cross curricular approach.
  • Likewise, Individuals and Societies, which includes history, politics, geography and religion  in MYP4, and history, politics, philosophy, geography and economics in MYP5, is taught thematically to encourage an interdisciplinary approach.
  • In Design, students have the possibility to develop practical designing skills and understanding of human ingenuity in the subject home and consumer studies.
  • In the Arts, there are great opportunities to improve creative skills and students get to utilize the outstanding visual arts and music facilities within the school. In year 10, the focus is on one of these subjects.
  • Finally, in Physical and Health Education, students learn to develop a better understanding of your health and wellbeing and have access to the fantastic sports and outdoor recreation facilities SSHL has to offer.

In year 10 (MYP 5) students develop independent research and study skills through the Personal project. This project, which can be be practical or theoretical, is ideally based around something the student is passionate about. It is designed to help the students succeed in the extended essay in the Diploma Programme or similar future large independent essays and projects.

A curricula with clear goals

Fundamentally, the IB MYP is about developing independent minded, communicative critical thinkers who use knowledge and understanding in combination with strong ethical values.

With us, students are educated to become young global citizens, with an understanding of what it means to be responsible and fair and in an educational context, with the desire and opportunity, through our service projects, to make a real contribution to their own local community as well play a part in one of the school’s ongoing international projects.

Finally, we aim to ensure that every student is fully prepared to progress to the next level of academic study, be it within the IB Diploma, IB Career-related Programme or our Swedish ‘gymnasium’.