Middle Years Programme - Ecole montgomery

Middle Years Programme

The Middle Year Programme (MYP) is a five-year programme for students aged 11 to 16. It builds on the values, learning patterns and skills developed in Primary. With increased workload and content, the challenge is for students to become independent learners. Students have 2 choices of MYP:

  • a program entirely in English with French as a second language (beginner or intermediate level)
  • a bilingual program with French and English immersion courses in order to fully develop fluency in both languages.

Both programmes have sciences, maths, languages, and humanities topics but courses are crafted to the MYP philosophy and curricula.

Performance art has an important place in our MYP program. It allows students to develop their imagination, oral expression, self-confidence, collaborative work and opens a door to the world of academic arts. This course is divided into two parts:

  • Theatre Art
  • Visual Art

For the first half of the year students prepare a theatre performance which is performed in a theatre in Brussels. For the second half, students make a short film (Visual Art) on a given subject. This is presented to parents at the end of the school year.

In the final year of the Middle Year Programme (MYP 5), all students undertake the IB MYP Personal Project, which is presented to the entire EIM community at the end of the year. They are guided and advised by their supervisor, but the project is a significant benchmark in student intellectual curiosity, thinking and individual study. This is an important work, individual to each student, which hones their research, writing, creative and presenting skills. The Personal Project is central to success in the MYP programme.


Every week, students have sports lessons: basketball, hockey and volleyball. For this, we are able to take advantage of the new sports facilities of VUB (University of Brussels), located just a few minutes from EIM.



Below are the tables for the English-only and Bilingual programmes for MYP, noting the subjects taught and the hours per week allocated to them.


English Programme

  MYP 1 MYP 2 MYP 3 MYP 4 MYP 5
English A: Language and Literature 4 4 4 4 4
French B 4 4 4 4 4
Civics 3 3 4 0 0
Business & Management 0 0 0 4 4
Integrated Sciences 3 3 3 0 0
Biology       1 1
Chemistry       2 2
Physics       2 2
Mathematics 4 4 4 4 4
Design 3 3 3 0 0
Theatre & Visual Art 3 3 3 3 3
Personal project         1
Physical and health education 1,5 1,5 1,5 1,5 1,5


Bilingual Programme

  MYP 1 MYP 2 MYP 3 MYP 4 MYP 5
Français A ou English A: Langue and Litterature 4 4 4 4 4
English B* ou Français B: Language acquisition 4 4 4 4 4
Histoire 3 3 3 4 4
Integrated Sciences* 3 3 3 0 0
Biology*       1 1
Chemistry*       2 2
Physics*       2 2
Mathematics* 4 4 4 4 4
Design* 3 3 3 0 0
Theatre & Visual Art** 3 3 3 3 3
Personal project*         1
Physical and health education** 1,5 1,5 1,5 1,5 1,5

* courses given in English
** courses given in English and French


More information about the IB MYP can be found by following the link: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/


Supervised study

Every day from 3:45 - 4:45 pm students who wish can study at EIM with teacher supervision/support.

Google for Education

We use the Google for Education system so each EIM student has an EIM e-mail address that can be used with the Gmail interface and documents.


Ecole Internationale Montgomery is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme / Middle Years Programme / Diploma Programme / Career-related Certificate (delete as appropriate) 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 international 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 IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). 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.