What is IBPYP? The International Baccalaureate Program is a philosophy of teaching that was created to support international schools. The Primary Years Program, or PYP, includes students ages 3-12.
Who is eligible to participate in the IBPYP? All elementary students at Cotswold participate in the program which includes units of inquiry, Spanish language instruction, and developing the IB Learner Profile or characteristics of internationally minded people.
Are there separate IBPYP classrooms for those students in the IBPYP? No, all students at Cotswold are included in the IBPYP in all classrooms. A requirement of IB schools is that all teachers and staff attend IB training and learn strategies for implementing the IBPYP on a continual basis.
Is IBPYP replacing Character Education? Not at all, our character education program is expanding to include IB attitudes which go hand in hand with the character traits. IB also supports service learning, an integral part of our character education program. We were selected as a NC State School of Character and National School of Character in 2010 due to our continued efforts in strengthening our character program through our IB Primary Years Program.
Which foreign language is taught at Cotswold? Spanish is the selected foreign language offered to all Cotswold learners beginning in kindergarten. Students attend Spanish class once a week. Spanish is one of the top five languages spoken throughout the world.
What is inquiry? Research, wonderings, and hypotheses are a part of the inquiry process. Students come up with questions and search for meaningful answers. The Common Core State Standards and NC Essential Standards in science and social studies are supported through a structured inquiry approach to learning.
What are the benefits of an IB school? IB prepares students for a successful future anywhere in the world. Students who graduate high school with an IB diploma usually begin college ahead of their peers.
What is the exhibition? This is an exhibit of the final project of IBPYP students during the 5th grade year and takes the place of one unit of inquiry. Students present their findings during an exhibition in which they exhibit their work to family and friends.
When did Cotswold become an authorized IB World School? Cotswold Elementary received authorization as an IB World School offering the Primary Years Program spring 2010. IB schools are evaluated every 5 years to maintain the consistency of their programs. This year is our initial evaluation year which takes place 3 years after authorization. We are expecting our evaluation visit in the spring of 2013.
How many IBPYP schools are there? In CMS, we are one of only five elementary schools to offer the IBPYP. There are 14 IBPYP schools in North Carolina. There are thousands of IB schools worldwide.