International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

Sussman is an IB Candidate School* for the Middle Years Programme.“This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that Sussman believes is important for our students.”

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What is an IB Education?

IB students take responsibility for their own learning.

Our programmes help IB students:

  • ask challenging questions
  • think critically
  • learn across disciplines
  • develop research skills proven to help them in higher education

What Does an IB Student Look Like?

At the core of all IB Programmes is the learner profile, 10 attributes fostered in students that promote their development as responsible members of their local, national, and global communities. IB learners strive to be:











What is the Middle Years Programme (MYP)?

The Middle Years Programme is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world by empowering them to inquire about a wide range of issues and global ideas resulting in creative and reflective thinkers.

Units begin with engaging questions such as: How do I learn best? Why do I have to learn this? What is the long term impact?

Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme in high school.

How the IB MYP Helps Develop Students

Parents who want the best possible education for their children choose the MYP because it includes:

Higher Reasoning

Rigorous Learning Objectives

Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups.

Self Esteem

Student-Centered Learning

Provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and mindset they need to be successful.
Respect For Cultures

International Perspectives

Helps students appreciate their own culture and personal history, as well as the values and traditions
of others.

Respect For Cultures


Every student in the program will have a language class starting in 6th grade!

Holistic Education

Develop Learning Strategies

Students focus on approaches to learning with a critical lens and evaluate application of their knowledge in real-world scenarios.

A Foundation for Success

The MYP encourages critical thinking and learning by doing and experiencing. Subjects are not taught in isolation, instead, students are encouraged to make connections between subjects allowing for a deeper understanding of the material, not memorization of facts. Students are trained to organize and plan their work, meet deadlines, persist, and think positively, among other skills which help students manage their own learning, all tools that will serve them during their entire academic career and beyond.

MYP Model Wheel

IB Approaches to Learning (ATL Skills)

ATL skills are tools for learning, supporting the IB belief that a large influence on a student’s education is not only what you learn, but also how you learn.

The Approaches to Learning (5 categories):

  • Communication Skills
  • Thinking Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Self-Management Skills
  • Researching Skills

A focus on the development of ATL skills help students be successful in college, career and life.

You are Invited to an Information Session

For more information about enrollment qualifications, please make sure you attend one of three information sessions.
Spanish translation available for all sessions.

Session 1
Date: February 1st 
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Zoom

Session 2
Date: February 7th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Sussman Library (in person)

Session 3
Date: February 16th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Sussman Library (in person)

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Application Window: February 1, 2023 – March 2, 2023

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

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