The IB Middle Years Programme

John Paul 1 is an IB World School which offers the first 2 years of the International Baccalaureate-Middle Years Program (MYP). Students pursue their studies for the final 3 years at our sister school Laurier Macdonald (LMAC).

Our academic structure and teaching philosophy are those of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and of the Société des écoles du monde du Baccalauréat International du Québec et de la francophonie (SÉBIQ).

Life in the 21st century places many changing demands on students making the transition through adolescence. They are at a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development, of uncertainty and of questioning. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme is designed to help them find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around them and to foster a positive attitude to learning.

The IB Middle Years Programme, for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.

The Curriculum

The programme consists of eight subject groups integrated through five areas of interaction that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects. Students are required to study their mother tongue, a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. In the final year of the programme, students also engage in a personal project, which allows them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed throughout the programme.

Students and parents will develop an understanding of the IB learner profile. The ten aspirational qualities of the learner profile inspire and motivate the work of teachers, students and schools, providing a statement of the aims and values of the IB and a defi nition of what we mean by “international-mindedness”. IB learners strive to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective.


IB Learner Profile

The IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.

The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.

Read the full IB learner profile (174 kb, PDF)

The short video below helps to bring the learner profile alive:



Assessment is criterion-related, so students around the world are measured against pre-specified criteria for each subject group. Teachers are using IB modified criteria age-appropriate in the earlier years of the programme.

In the last year of the program, teachers set assessment tasks that are assessed internally in the school. External checks called moderation are carried out on this internal assessment to ensure worldwide consistency of standards. Since John Paul 1 and Laurier Macdonald High Schools are offering official IB certification for their students, moderation is carried out every year.


Additional Information

For any questions concerning the International Baccalaureate – Middle Years Programme, please contact Valérie Barnabé, IB Coordinator at:


John Paul I  – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (514-328-7171)
Laurier Macdonald – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (514-374-6000)