PYP for Parents
Everything you ever wanted to know about the International Baccalaureate (IB)
Primary Years Program (PYP)…
but were too afraid to ask!
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
What is the International Baccalaureate Organization?
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a global leader in international education—developing inquiring, knowledgeable, confident, and caring young people. Its programmes empower school-aged students to take ownership in their own learning and help them develop future-ready skills to make a difference and thrive in a world that changes fast. It was established in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. The IBO offers three programs of international education for students aged 3-19 years old: The Primary Years Program (PYP) (for students 3-12 years old), The Middle Years Program (MYP) (students 11-16 years old) and The Diploma Program at the high school level (grades 9-12). There are 651,000 IB students and 2,390 authorized IB schools (242 in the United States) in 129 countries.
The mission of the IBO
To develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people.
To create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To work with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.
To encourage students worldwide to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
How does a school become an authorized IB PYP School?
In order for a school to become an IB World School, it must be authorized by the IB to implement any one of its programmes. The authorization process has been designed to support schools in:
making the decision to become an IB World School
understanding the nature and requirements of the IB programme
defining their readiness to implement the programme
planning to sustain the programme in the long term.