IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

What is the Primary Years Program?

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework for students aged three to 12 years. The student-centered, developmentally appropriate programme provides children with opportunities to explore knowledge, concepts, and skills across six disciplines (Math, Science, Social Studies, Language, Physical/Social-Emotional Learning, and the Arts) and through the exploration of six transdisciplinary themes:

Who We Are

How We Express Ourselves

Where We Are in Place and Time

How the World Works

How We Organize Ourselves

Sharing the Planet

The PYP is rooted in the IB Learner Profile Attributes, which emphasize the development of internationally-minded citizens who actively contribute to the global community.

PYP at Agassiz

In 2017-18 school year, Agassiz began the three-year authorization process to offer the IB Primary Years Programme for students from Preschool to Grade 5. In the upcoming school years (2018-19, 2019-20), Agassiz will implement the PYP programme, therefore creating a Preschool- Grade 8 IB continuum for our students. Throughout this continuum, we strive to:

  • Cultivate a love of learning in the academics, the athletics, and the arts.
  • Support all students across the IB continuum using the IB Learner Profile Attributes as the foundation.
  • Develop student ownership and responsibility for their learning.
  • Inspire and support students to take meaningful action as a result of their learning.
  • Engage students, parents, teachers, and staff in creating a school community that is welcoming, inclusive, and has a shared mission to create a more peaceful world.

Agassiz Elementary School is a candidate school* for the PYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students. 

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

F.Pirillis Photo

Freeda Pirillis, Agassiz PYP Coordinator Designate

Programme of Inquiry - Coming soon!

Teachers are hard at work writing the Programme of Inquiry for each class.  They will be posted here when complete.

Agassiz PYP Policies & Information

Parent Facts about PYP

10 Reasons why PYP

IB Programme Updates

December 2018: What have students in our IB Primary Years and Middle Years Programme been up to this last month? Check out the December installment of our Agassiz IB newsletter, The Agassiz IB Communicator- December 2018 to find out more!
November 2018: The start of the school year has been busy at Agassiz. Learn more about our IB programmes in the first monthly installment of our IB newsletter, The Agassiz IB Communicator- November 2018!
5/30/18: After an exciting first year of exploring the IB philosophy, the components of the Primary Years Programme, and IB Learner Profiles, we are thrilled to move into the next stage of the IB authorization process in the Fall of 2018. Agassiz is officially an IB Candidate School!
For further information about the IB and its programs, visithttp://www.ibo.org. We look forward to implementing the programme in grades PK to 5 in the 2018-19 school year!

Student work from PYP Program, including "I AM" board from 2018 Inquiry Fair