The IB Primary Years Program (PYP)
The Primary Years Program (PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. Informed by research, the PYP is transdisciplinary in nature allowing for concept development that applies across and beyond subject-specific areas. It “focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond.” It emphasizes concept-based and inquiry-driven teaching and learning to nurture “independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning” (ibo.org, What is the PYP?)
Each year, students examine six related transdisciplinary themes through six units of inquiry. They include 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. These themes were chosen by IB because they tap into the humans’ natural curiosities to make sense of one another and how the world works, and enable students to discover the interconnectedness things (ibo.org, How the PYP works).
The 9 schools of Addison Central School District are candidate schools for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as IB World Schools. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
ACSD's applications for candidacy to become an IB World District were approved near the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The candidacy phase is typically a two to three year process.