Primary Years Programme
Summit Cove Elementary is an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School
Below is some information to help you better understand the International Baccalaureate and the Primary Years Programme (PYP)
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children.
Often traditional education systems sacrifice significant ideas and deeper understanding for the memorization of isolated facts. The search for understanding is central to the PYP; however this does not rule out the recognition of developing skills. Our goal is to guide students to develop a deeper understanding while at the same time acquiring and applying skills.
The Action Cycle
The Action Cycle at Summit Cove is used to recognize our students that take their education into their own hands. Through the action cycle the students are able to grow both personally & socially as learners. They
Why include the Learner Profile as an essential element in the PYP?
While recognizing the importance of concepts, knowledge and skills, the PYP believes that these alone do not make an internationally educated person. The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
Time Line for Summit Cove Units of Inquiry
Each grade level has six (other than Preschool which has four) units of inquiry that integrate our district, state, and national learning standards. Teachers provide students the opportunity to become life-long learners and promote international-mindedness through the structured, guided, and open inquiry in these units.