By Jayme Taylor, Communications Manager
Idlewild Elementary School is an official candidate for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) and will begin implementing the IB curriculum at the start of the 2011-12 school year.
The school finished a feasibility study—the first of three steps to become an IB World School—after they identified school resources and analyzed the IB philosophy and curriculum. As part of the trial implementation period—the second of three steps required to become an IB World School—Idlewild’s staff members will undergo training by IB consultants. The third phase is a site visit to verify the school’s claim that it has taken all the necessary actions and is prepared to become an IB World School.
“We are excited about the rigorous journey we have embarked on,” said Jim Pfeiffer, principal of Idlewild Elementary School. “This program introduces our students to rigorous international standards and allows our staff access to an international community of teachers and resources. Everyone benefits.”
The IB PYP is for students aged 3 to 12, and focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB PYP is the six transdisciplinary themes:
- Who we are;
- Where we are in place and time;
- How we express ourselves;
- How the world works;
- How we organize ourselves; and
- Sharing the planet.
The program offers a balance between learning about or through the subject areas, and learning beyond them. The six themes of global significance create a framework that allows students to “step up” beyond the confines of learning within subject areas. For more information, visit www.ibo.org/pyp.