IPS Macedonia

Secondary School


Secondary School

In the secondary school we offer the MYP in the lower levels, and the DP in the higher levels. The Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to ask challenging questions, learn how to learn, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.

Why the Middle Years Programme?

MYP students are confident and independent in managing their learning

The MYP incorporates skills, helping students to learn how to learn. MYP students become aware of their learning strengths and weaknesses and they improve their skills in areas such as time management, communication, self-management, research, and thinking, as well as improving their social skills. Students in the MYP also engage in an extended “Personal Project” which teaches them to complete a project from a concept to a finished product, and to reflect on this process as well.

MYP students do better than non-IB students in higher order thinking skills such as analyzing and evaluating information

Teachers ask students to explain their reasoning and to use their research to support their opinion. Students continuously analyze the quality of their information and approach problems from different perspectives.  They design their own experiments and challenge each other through discussions.

MYP students are better writers and researchers

Students in the MYP conduct hands-on research based on real world information and situations. They are taught to evaluate their sources and how to apply the information they find. Many projects are documented through written reports, with correct citation and bibliographies, and students regularly write reflections about the learning process and outcomes.

MYP students have better affective skills

Throughout the MYP students work on developing their emotional intelligence. They learn how to manage stress, overcome challenges and how to be more resilient. These skills are valuable throughout a student’s life.

MYP students understand how to transfer what they have learned to new situations

Students don’t just learn knowledge, but they also learn larger concepts. These concepts (such as identity, aesthetics, community, etc.) allow students to see the bigger picture of what they are learning and to use what they have learned in other situations helping them to understand their subjects in greater depth.

Why the IB Diploma Programme (DP)?

IPS Macedonia is authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).  IB schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, rigorous assessment and – a challenging international education that IPS Macedonia believes is important for our students.

Within the dynamic IB environment, students are encouraged to think critically and become independent learners, coming prepared to class, presenting the material and being coached by their teachers. Assignments are demanding, and the balance between academic work and co-curricular activities allows students to tailor the programme according to their interests and develop an impressive university profile in the process.

Students who successfully complete the IB Diploma Programme demonstrate a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of their mastering of a range of subjects and in their development of skills and disciplines necessary for success in our competitive, global world.

The IB Diploma Programme uses an individualized approach to learning.

A programme that is centred on learning, the IB Diploma Programme is designed to give students an outstanding amount of support. The IB individualized method recognizes students as unique individuals, meaning that each and every student is given the right amount and type of support suited to their needs. IB DP teachers tailor their support to their students. In doing so, no student is disadvantaged and isolated because of a generalized approach to teaching. Another thing is that SUBJECTS ARE NOT TAUGHT IN ISOLATION – Theory of knowledge (TOK) classes encourage students to make connections between subjects.

The IB Diploma Programme teaches more than academics.

Interpersonal values and ethical decision-making are fundamentals in the IB approach. The IB DP believes that the whole student’s success is founded by not only curriculum and extracurriculars, but also by the way students approach success and life in general. Students are taught to be good communicators, risk-takers, team members and caring citizens who are open-minded and knowledgeable about other cultures.

Through creativity, action, and service (CAS), the IB students learn outside the classroom and develop emotionally and ethically, as well as intellectually.

IPS MYP Parent Handbook

DP brochure download

The IB Diploma Programme

In their own words, the IB Diploma Programme explained by IB students and teachers