Garden Hills Elementary School is
Authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme
GardenHills Elementary is proud to offer the International Baccalaureate PrimaryYears Programme (IBPYP). The IBPYP provides an international framework thatprovides a process in which we plan learning experiences, engage students andteachers in learning, assessment of students and ourselves, and reflection onour learning and growth..
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an international, transdisciplinaryprogram designed to foster the development of the whole child through achild-centered classroom using inquiry-based strategies. The curriculum isconcept-driven and is meant to provide experiences that allow students todevelop necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes that promote collaborationand problem-solving.
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caringyoung people who help to create a better and more peaceful world throughintercultural understanding and respect.
Therefore, IB learners strive to be:
Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. Theyacquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and showindependence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love oflearning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues thathave local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depthknowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range ofdisciplines.
Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinkingskills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems,and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators: They understand and express ideas andinformation confidently and creatively in more than one language and in avariety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly incollaboration with others.
Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with astrong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of theindividual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their ownactions and the consequences that accompany them.
Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own culturesand personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditionsof other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking andevaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from theexperience.
Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towardsthe needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service,and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to theenvironment.
Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations anduncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spiritto explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate indefending their beliefs.
Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual,physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselvesand others.
Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their ownlearning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengthsand limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.