As the only bilingual Arabic and English IB school in Dubai, we offer the full IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16 (grades 6 to 10).

The MYP is designed as an inclusive, whole-school programme by the International Baccalaureate® (IB), a not-for-profit organisation supporting the education of more than one million students every year in over 3,900 schools in 147 countries.


Distinctive features of the MYP

At the core of all IB Programmes is the learner profile, ten attributes fostered in students that promote their development as responsible members of their local, national and global communities. IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective.

In the MYP, students study 8 subject groups. Distinctive features of the MYP include Key and Related Concepts, which form the basis of teaching and learning in the programme They ensure breadth and depth in the curriculum and promote learning within and across traditional disciplines.

Global Contexts provide shared starting points for inquiry into what it means to be internationally minded, framing a curriculum that promotes multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement.

Approaches to Teaching and Learning, a unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, are skills which help students manage their own learning. They provide a foundation for success in further education and the world beyond the classroom.

Action and Service, essential components of the MYP, set out clear learning outcomes that grow from students’ participation in local and global communities. MYP projects are informed by respected models of service learning and provide stepping stones toward the Diploma Programme’s core requirements for Creativity, Action and Service (CAS).

The Personal Project

The Personal Project, for students completing the programme in year 5 (Grade 10), is a culminating experience in which students apply their approaches to learning skills to complete an extended, self-directed piece of work. This required component provides opportunities for creative and truly personal demonstrations of learning.

What makes the MYP special at DMS

Parents who want the best possible education for their children choose the MYP at DMS because it includes:

  • Rigorous learning objectives
  • A student-centred approach to teaching
  • International perspectives
  • Concern for the whole child
  • Sustained teaching and learning in more than one language
  • A focus on learning how to learn
  • The development of flexible thinking that prepares students to evaluate information critically and apply knowledge in complex, unfamiliar situations.



*taught in Arabic and English based on the UAE Social Studies Framework
**Biology, Physics, Chemistry

Language and Literature – English

Language and Literature – Arabic

Individuals and Societies*

Mathematics – in English

Islamic Studies – in Arabic

Integrated and Distinct Sciences**

Design Technology

Physical and Health Education

Visual Arts and Drama

Moral Education

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