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A leader in both boys’ learning and International Baccalaureate (IB) education, UCC adopted the IB Diploma Programme over 20 years ago, followed by the Primary Years Programme more than a decade ago. We are now are taking steps to introduce the highly regarded IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) to benefit our students in Years 6 through 10.

UCC students are already reaping the benefits of many aspects of the MYP, which is an outstanding program for boys in early adolescence. The program —which meets all provincial and national curriculum standards—is the perfect bridge between our Primary Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. Authorization of the MYP will complete the IB continuum at UCC.

MYP_Video_Thumbnail_newIntroduction to Middles Years Programme Video

What is the Middle Years Programme?

The MYP is an engaging, well-rounded program that will encourage your son to make practical connections between his studies and the real world. The program doesn’t just teach facts—it will teach your son the essential skills for learning how to learn. It will also help him understand his unique learning strengths and areas for growth.

The program develops skills for communication, collaboration, organization, self-management, reflection, research, media literacy, and creative and critical thinking. It also fosters intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people today!

The MYP will also teach your son tools for lifelong learning and help him discover how to use what he learns to make a positive difference in the world.

Benefits of the MYP

The MYP is an excellent program for boys in early adolescence, and it’s excellent preparation for the IB Diploma Programme.

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

MYP Curriculum

In the MYP, your son will study eight subject groups, with a minimum of 50 teaching hours per subject group each year:


Get to know the MYP

Distinctive features of the MYP include the following:

Phasing in the MYP

Since our successful introduction of the Diploma Programme and then the Primary Years Programme, UCC has been gearing up to introduce the MYP. The IB Organization’s recent changes to the MYP now make the program an ideal fit for our school.

It takes significant time to ensure the program meets the IB Organization’s rigorous standards. So, we are introducing the MYP through a staged approach.

2016–17 We’ve made enhancements to the Year 6 curriculum to comply with MYP requirements.
2017–18 MYP curriculum will be studied in Year 6, 7 and 8 during what the IB Organization calls our MYP “candidacy phase.”
2018–19 Year 6, 7, 8 and 9 will follow the MYP curriculum.
2019–20 Years 6 through 10 will study the MYP curriculum during our “authorization phase.” We’ll celebrate our first MYP graduates in May 2020!

Download the PDF: Introducing the MYP at UCC

More about the IB

Upper Canada College is committed to providing boys with the highest-quality education possible—at every age and stage of their development. We believe that International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes offer the world’s best curricular framework for meeting this commitment.

IB programmes currently benefit more than one million students in over 4,000 schools in about 150 countries.

Upper Canada College aims to become a candidate school* for the IB Middle Years Programmes in 2017 and is pursuing authorization of the MYP as an IB World School.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision. **

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

**IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

For further information about the IB and its programs, visit