Middle Years Programme

ICS Milan Middle School programme is based on the standards and practices of the Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate®, a non-profit educational foundation that seeks to develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The IB is known for its reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement.

The Middle Years Programme is a five-year curriculum which prepares students for the IB Diploma Programme, a two-year, pre-university programme which provides students with a rigorous and well balanced education to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding. The IB Diploma is often referred to as a passport to the universities of the world and is recognised as an entrance qualification for university admission in 90 nations around the globe.

Our Middle School programme has been designed to prepare our Italian native speakers to take the Italian state examinations at the end of Year 9 (terza media), furthermore, ICS Middle School has been granted by MIUR official school status (Parità) in accordance with article 1, L. 62/2000.

Middle School students during IFOM lab

In alignment with our school’s ongoing commitment to innovation and to engage our students as learners and establish connections with the world at large, ICS collaborates with IFOM, the biomedical research laboratory of the European Institute of Oncology for the development and implementation of the Middle School science programme. This way our students can work with professional medical researchers and will have the opportunity to develop a mindset associated with being scientists.

In addition, the school is developing a course in entrepreneurship for Middle School students to provide them with an additional opportunity to develop and apply risk-taking, critical thinking and problem solving skills and to link their classroom learning to a wider context.

Middle School students with teacher

The Middle School programme consists of eight subject groups:

Language and literature Italian language and literature
Language acquisition English language and literature, Spanish language
Individuals and society History and geography, social studies
Science Integrated biology, chemistry, physics
Mathematics In English and Italian
Visual and performing arts Visual art, drama, music
Physical and health education Physical education
Design Product design and digital design
Physical Education during Middle School

At least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit involving two subject area groups is required each year. Interdisciplinary units are planned collaboratively by teachers and help students to develop a new awareness of the meaningful connections that exist among the disciplines. A Community Project is required at the end of MYP3 or a Personal Project at the end of MYP5.

These projects are designed to be culminating activities in which students consolidate and demonstrate their learning throughout the years of the programme. It is an independent learning experience which allows students to apply the skills of self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking and collaboration.