TACOMA – After a rigorous four-year process, Annie Wright Schools received full authorization as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) school. The PYP, a transdisciplinary curriculum for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the outside world.
The IB Organization’s report commended Annie Wright extensively in practices including selecting teachers who embrace inquiry-based learning, providing exemplary leadership in supporting teachers in their implementation of the program, maintaining inviting learning environments and communicating key components to the community.
“Our Lower School team has worked hard over four years to implement this fantastic program,” said Head of Schools Christian G. Sullivan. “Their deep knowledge and appreciation of the Primary Years Programme have inspired children to love learning.”
Originally developed for children of diplomats, IB programs, currently offered to more than one million students in nearly 150 countries, encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners. These programs also provide a framework to assess performance according to world standards. The IB Diploma Programme is already well established in Annie Wright’s Upper School, and the Middle Years Programme is set to follow in the Middle School.
Founded in Tacoma in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are two schools on one campus. Annie Wright Day School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8, while Annie Wright Upper School offers all-girls day and boarding programs for Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at www.aw.org.