The MYP promotes a holistic view of learning. It requires an approach to teaching and learning that includes and extends beyond traditional school subjects.
The MYP offers a curriculum framework and courses that are broad and balanced, conceptual and connected. This enables students to engage with a defined set of key and related concepts that form the basis of their formative and summative assessments in each subject, and ensure the development of a rigorous curriculum.
The Global Contexts and Approaches to Learning and Teaching provide the MYP's main focus for developing authentic links between the disciplines, so that students are appropriately challenged to across the board to be internationally minded global citizens.
The subjects taught come under eight subject groups from Grade 6 to Grade 10.
|Subject Groups||Courses currently offered*|
|Language and Literature (1st language)||English, Arabic A for Arab students|
|Language Acquisition (2nd language)||French, Spanish, Arabic B|
|Individuals and Societies||Geography, History, Business, Economics|
|Design||Digital Design, Product Design|
|Mathematics||Standard Mathematics, Extended Mathematics|
|Arts||Visual Arts, Music and Drama|
|Science||Physics, Chemistry, Biology|
|Physical Education||Phyical & Health Education|
|Islamic Studies||Compulsory for all Muslim students|
*Courses offered may change depending on demand – please contact us for the latest updates.
The objectives of each subject group are skills-based and broad enough to allow for a variety of teaching and learning approaches. Criterion based assessment is applied.
The eight subject group objectives correspond to assessment criteria. Each criterion has nine possible levels of achievement (0–8), divided into four bands that generally represent limited (1–2); adequate (3–4); substantial (5–6); and excellent (7–8) performance.
Each band has its own unique descriptor that teachers use to make “best-fit” judgments about students’ progress and achievement.
Students involved in the MYP are eligible to receive a detailed portfolio showing all their achievements at school, including their attainment levels in each subject.
In Grade 10, students are required to submit a Personal Project, and in Grade 9 students are required to submit a Community Project. It is obligatory for students to complete Community and Service.
Subjects & Organization
Language and Literature is the student's best language. This language will be English at DIA as most of the subject areas will be taught in the above. Arabic A is taught as native language to Arab students.
Language Acquisition is an additional language and is the way that our students can communicate with the people of another linguistic community. It is also seen as being a gateway to understanding another community, which is fundamental to the concept of internationalism which the MYP.
Individual and Societies within the MYP consist of both History and Geography and are taught throughout the MYP. Business / Economics is offered as an option in year 10-11. Key concepts contained within the subjects are intended to provide the foundation for further study in many fields.
Mathematics sets out to give students an appreciation of the usefulness, power and beauty of the subject. One aspect of this is the awareness that mathematics is a universal language with diverse applications.
Sciences within the MYP aim to provide the student with both a body of knowledge and the understanding of the scientific approach to problem solving. Science thus becomes an important tool to investigate and understand the natural world.
The Arts subject group of the MYP curriculum encompasses visual and performing arts and is of particular interest in an international programme. The arts transcend the barriers of language and knowledge of other cultures through their artistic production and are one of the best ways to promote international understanding.
Design within the MYP aims at establishing the foundation for technological literacy and know-how. Students become aware of the practical solutions people have devised to satisfy their basic needs. Technology within the MYP is essentially concerned with solving problems in an effort to stimulate students' ingenuity and to encourage them to combine intellectual talents and practical skills. The programme intends to cultivate a healthy and active lifestyle for students and consequently advocates activities which are not only enjoyable but also contribute to healthy living.
Physical Education has a unique and significant contribution to make, since it aims to facilitate physical, intellectual, emotional and social development.
The MYP Global Contexts help MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of: