International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
Ranch Creek Elementary School
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) at Ranch Creek is designed for students in grades Pre-K through Fifth. The curriculum framework provides for the development of the whole child. The PYP is a uniquely international program focusing on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academics.
If you are new to Ranch Creek and new to IB, you can expect to learn about the PYP as your child:
· grows in the personal attributes of the IB Learner Profile
· develops the IB attitudes that promote good character and enhance learning
· engages in exciting transdisciplinary units of inquiry, and develops a wide variety of skills
· increasingly understands deep concepts
· is drawn to take action to make the world a better place for all of us
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme provides a shared curriculum for primary schools throughout the world. It does not replace the district scope and sequence or the state requirements but expands on them providing breadth and depth to understanding for primary age children. In addition, it provides the students with an international perspective that relates their world in the United States and Colorado to a larger global community. The curriculum is designed as an interactive whole that eventually encompasses the full range of disciplines and adds to the district and state guidelines.
The IB PYP at Ranch Creek combines the best research and practice from a range of national systems. This is based on a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant and engaging educational framework for all children. The philosophy stems from a commitment to structured inquiry as an ideal vehicle for learning. Six transdisciplinary themes provide the framework for the exploration of knowledge. Teachers and students are guided by these themes as they design curricular units for exploration and study. Students explore subject disciplines through key questions often in ways that transcend conventional discipline boundaries. In the process, they develop an understanding of important concepts, acquire essential skills and knowledge, develop positive attitudes and learn to act responsibly.