International Baccalaureate

Primary Years Programme

The goal of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB/PYP), designed for students ages three through twelve, is to develop internationally minded people, who, recognizing their own common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

At High Meadows, we focus on the development of the whole child encompassing academic, social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs. Our PYP units of inquiry in Preschool through Fifth Grades are created by the teachers and fall under the trans-disciplinary themes of who we are, where we are in place and time, how we express ourselves, how we organize ourselves, and sharing the planet.

Toward the end of their final year of the PYP, Fifth Grade students create their own unit of inquiry, engaging in a collaborative, trans-disciplinary process through which they identify, investigate, and offer solutions to real-life issues or problems. The culmination of the study is Exhibition, an evening when they share their knowledge with the High Meadows community.

The IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people, who recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

As IB learners we strive to be:

Inquirers: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Open-Minded: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Knowledgeable: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Thinkers: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Risk-Takers: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives-intellectual, physical, and emotional-to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

More information about IB/PYP > and the Learner Profile >. You can also check out the new IB Page for Parents on the IB website.

A couple of Saturday's ago, I got a firsthand glimpse into what makes our IB/PYP program so extraordinary. The fourth/fifth grade had been doing a unit of inquiry that had to do with ancient civilizations and my fifth grader was researching Mayan society while his fourth-grade brother was researching ancient Banylonian society. We were eating breakfast together and completely unprompted my boys began discussing and comparing the calendars, scientific knowledge, and cultures of the civilizations they were studying. It was the most natural, engaged conversation and I found it so exciting to see how captivated they were by what they were learning. 
Parent of three children, at High Meadows School since 2005




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