Missoula International School is an International Baccalaureate® World School authorized for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme (MYP). The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is an internationally acclaimed educational organization renowned for its focus on academic rigor and emphasis on active world citizenship. More than 4,000 schools and over 1,000,000 students around the globe have chosen to teach International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes, with their unique academic rigour and their emphasis on students’ personal development.

Why is being an IB World School Important?

Lifelong Learners

The IBO includes a Primary Years Programme (PYP) for primary grades, a Middle Years Programme (MYP) for middle school grades, and a Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) for the final years of high school. Spanning preschool to fifth grade, the PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child. The PYP provides MIS teachers and students an educational framework that is complementary to our language immersion philosophy.

Principled Global Citizens

MIS’s middle school emerges under the curricular framework provided by the IBO’s Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP is designed for students to develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts. MIS middle school teachers provide a challenging, collaborative framework for this learning process.

Integrated, Inquiry-Based Learning

Spanning preschool to eighth grade, the PYP and MYP programs provide an educational framework for MIS teachers and students that is complementary to a language immersion philosophy. Both the MYP and PYP program promotes integrated, inquiry-based learning and allows MIS teachers to build upon the natural curiosity inherent in children.

MIS expects to receive its formal MYP authorization in the spring of 2018.