The International Baccalaureate Organization
(IB), a non-profit educational foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland, offers at all levels an educational program designed to enable students to become "citizens of the world."
For more information, view the IB brochure
The Primary Years Programme
(PYP) is designed for students ages 3-12. It is an international, transdisciplinary program designed to "foster the development of the whole child." The PYP focuses on the total growth of the child encompassing "social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic welfare". It combines the very best research and practice from a range of national and international systems to create a relevant and engaging educational framework for all children.
STUDENT PROFILE: After going through a PYP program, students are inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced, and self-reflective learners. Explicitly and through modeling, we teach children to grow into this profile, and teach them to reflect on their own skills within the profile. Who wouldn’t want their child to be all of these things?
CURRICULUM MODEL: Our curriculum will continue to match the Illinois state standards. However, our approach and delivery model encourages higher-level thinking and problem solving. We teach to big ideas or concepts that tie learning all together with real life and make it engaging. We design and continually revise six Units of Inquiry at each grade level and through the specials areas that tie the curriculum in with the six IB universal themes: Sharing the Planet, Who We Are, How We Organize Ourselves, Where We Are In Place and Time, How the World Works, and How We Express Ourselves. The units of inquiry will allow students to research and investigate subjects (within the state curriculum) at a sophisticated level through inquiry-based learning. Student questions drive instruction.
Our PYP Unit Timeline for 2017-2018
CONCEPTS AND SKILLS: As students learn the curriculum, they will view it through the following concepts: form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective, responsibility, and reflection. They will be taught and expected to master these skills that will help them throughout their education and life: thinking, communication, social skills, research, and self-management.
ATTITUDES: In an IB culture, we cultivate these attitudes in our students: tolerance, respect, integrity, independence, enthusiasm, empathy, curiosity, creativity, cooperation, confidence, commitment, and appreciation. Wouldn’t our schools, businesses, and the world be wonderful if every person adopted these attitudes?
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Authorized IB schools are required to offer a foreign language program. Coretta Scott King Magnet School chose Spanish as the adopted language and culture of the school. All students, kindergarten through 5th grade, take Spanish classes twice a week at our school.
ACTION: An essential component of the IB Programme is taking action as a result of knowledge and skills acquired. To learn more about how students at Coretta Scott King Magnet School are taking action, please visit Learners in Action.
AUTHORIZATION AND IMPLEMENTATION: Coretta Scott King Magnet School is authorized as a PYP IB World School! For more information, see the CSK brochure.
To learn more about the IB program, please visit: www.ibo.org.