Chappell Elementary Authorized as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School

WorldSchool2ColourlargeAfter a rigorous and lengthy application process, Chappell Elementary has been officially authorized as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School (IB PYP). To date, Chappell is one of only six IB PYP certified schools in the state, four of which are public. Chappell has successfully completed the necessary application and authorization process with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), including a comprehensive school review, teacher training, and new curriculum writing to increase the rigorous standards required by the IBO. Under the direct guidance of the International Baccalaureate offices, Chappell has been teaching the Primary Years Programme material for almost two years as an IB PYP Candidate School.

In February of 2013, the IBO completed an authorization site visit at Chappell Elementary, where they reviewed the curriculum and interviewed all staff involved with the program. After the site visit, Chappell was successfully authorized in less than a month, a process that generally takes three to four months. For the 2013-14 school year, each student attending Chappell Elementary will continue to receive an IB PYP education. Chappell is still accepting open enrollment applications for the 2013-14 school year.

“Chappell Elementary is so excited to be able to offer this wonderful program to our community free of charge,” said Chappell Principal Kristen Worden. “An IB education allows students to truly take part in their learning journey. Our students will receive a 21st century education with a diverse and global perspective of the world.”

As part of the preparation to become IB authorized, Chappell has already implemented an elementary foreign language program, where all students learn Spanish. Beginning next school year, fifth graders at Chappell will have the opportunity to learn French in addition to Spanish. Chappell is also technology-rich, with a one-to-one laptop program for second through fifth graders, and uses iPod touches and e-readers as part of regular instruction.

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is for students aged three to 12, and focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. The programme encourages international-mindedness, a positive attitude to learning, and learning beyond traditional subjects with meaningful inquiries into real-life issues.

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