Middle Years Programme

A future-proofed education where learning is reimagined through a World of Pathways

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a challenging framework that encourages learners, aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for significant success in further study and in life. The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathise with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. The MYP is a five-year programme and students who graduate are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP).

The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for young adults. The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the programme. In the final two years of the programme, carefully-defined subject group flexibility allows students to meet local requirements and personal learning goals. The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.

GEMS World Academy - Abu Dhabi is a candidate school* for the Middle Years Programme and pursuing authorization 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 programmes of nternational education that share a powerful vision.**

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate 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. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

**Mission Statement from the IB
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 programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


    Personalised learning plans to realise each students unique potential. 

    Our brand new campus on Al Reem island offers state-of-the-art innovation studio with robotics, science AI, AR and VR science laboratories along with first-class sporting and recreation facilities.


    A comprehensive ASA programme that includes Sports, Arts, Languages, Innovation, music, drama and dance activities to push all boundaries and limits.

    As a member of the Abu Dhabi International School Sports Association (ADISSA), opportunities are provided to compete against other international schools across a wide range of different sports.


    Students benefit from a wide range of pathways including the MYP certificate, IBDP and IBCP. Future accreditation may also be available through IGCSE, BTEC and A Level study – a totally inclusive, hyper-personalised future-proofed education.

    A rigorous framework for assessment where student work is constantly evaluated, measured and adapted to deliver high performance learning.

    The Middle Years Programme (MYP) helps students develop both subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding. The MYP curriculum framework includes:

    • Approaches to learning (ATL), helping students learn how to learn by developing skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management

    • Key and related concepts, helping students explore big ideas that matter

    • Global contexts, helping students understand the relevance and importance of their study for understanding their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

    The MYP culminates in an independent learning project. Students complete a significant piece of work over an extended period of time, encouraging them to consolidate their learning and reflect on the outcomes of their work.

    The MYP organises teaching and learning through eight subject groups. The programme promotes interdisciplinary study that helps students make important connections between academic subjects.

    Integrated teaching and learning help students analyse complex issues and develop the habits of mind they need to participate in our increasingly interconnected world. The MYP aligns most closely with the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and IB Career-related Programme (CP), ensuring a smooth transition for students who continue their education within the IB continuum.

    MYP students acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they need in order to be successful in the final years of secondary school and beyond. The MYP’s focus on approaches to learning provides ideal preparation for the kind of rigorous study that opens doors to higher education.


    Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced.

    Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of:

    identities and relationships

    personal and cultural expression

    orientations in space and time

    scientific and technical innovation

    fairness and development

    globalisation and sustainability

    Learning experiences are delivered by specialist teachers across Music, Art, PE, Swimming, French, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Innovation and Design.

    Cultural awareness is enhanced through French, Spanish, Arabic and Mandarin teaching.



The programme empowers learners to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance at a local, national and global level. This develops young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers, being able to perform at the highest levels in areas of study and life.



As our community expands, additional year groups will be added each year up to Year 13, which includes the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP), IGCSE and A Levels – a real first in the emirate.

Neil White


GEMS World Academy - Abu Dhabi (WAA) offers an enriched version of the National Curriculum for England, balancing an emphasis on both the teaching of the core subjects through a conceptbased approach, enabling student-led enquiry, creativity and innovation.

With a trailblazing ‘World of Pathways’, we provide learners and their families with a hyper personalised future proofed education that is totally inclusive, delivering high performance for all.

As a highly valued member of our community you will immediately notice that we are a true international school, rich with cultural diversity. Our students come from over 70 different countries and through the values of the IB, work together as true global citizens.



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