The IB Advantage (PYP)
As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School campus and candidate for the IB Primary Years Programme, activities in the Preschool classrooms are student-centered, active and inquiry based. The IB approaches to teaching and learning are centered on a dynamic cycle of inquiry, action and reflection. Children explore their curiosities at the proper pace individually and in small groups and learn through real-life activities. This IB model is well-matched for today’s preschool child and 21st century learning, placing strong emphasis on problem solving, critical thinking, cooperative group work and social responsibility.
Preschool classrooms are age specific with children grouped with like-aged peers. Classrooms are arranged in learning centers with a variety of appropriate and dynamic hands-on materials. Balancing learning activities and creative play, children may snuggle up with a stuffed animal in the reading corner and then work on letters, numbers, shapes, colors, language, writing and reading skills. Students are exposed to religion through age-appropriate lessons and activities that relate to the Ursuline core values of Community, Reverence, Service and Leadership.
Our curriculum includes math, language arts, science, history and geography with an emphasis on practical life and sensorial learning. We offer regular enrichment in visual arts, music, movement and body mindfulness (including yoga) and the integration of classroom technology, such as interactive SMART boards.
Preschool teachers have a Child Development Associate credential, Montessori certificate, IB training, associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree in education or related field. Continuing education is required of all faculty.
As IB Learners, we strive to be…
Students nurture their natural curiosity and develop a life-long love for learning.
Students explore knowledge across a range of disciplines and engage with issues of local, national and global significance.
Students learn to think critically and creatively in order to tackle complex problems.
Students understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively, including a second language. They work in collaboration with others.
Students are honest, fair and act with integrity. They take responsibility for their actions.
Students embrace other cultures, seeking to understand and appreciate the personal histories, values and traditions of others.
Students have a commitment to service and act with empathy, compassion and respect.
Students are brave when faced with challenges. They explore new ideas and innovative strategies and understand that failure is part of the learning.
Students understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being.
Students give thoughtful consideration to our own learning and experiences and are able to assess their strengths and limitations for greater personal development.
The idea of being in service to the world aligns with our Ursuline values of Community, Reverence, Service and Leadership. As IB Learners rooted in the legacy of a long Ursuline history of Catholic education, we are ready to change the world.