Welcome to the Primary Years Program

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Schools
  • Highland Park Elementary School was authorized in 2003 as an official Primary Years Program (PYP) school by the International Baccalaureate Organization. We were the first school in the Midwest to receive this prestigious designation at the elementary level. The PYP curriculum is based in the liberal arts, has an international focus and encourages a hands-on approach to learning.

    The International Baccalaureate Organization is a non-profit educational foundation that is recognized leader in the field of international education. It supports schools in encouraging students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens. Founded in 1968, the IB Organization currently works with 1,876 schools in 124 countries to offer challenging programs including:

    • Primary Years Program (students age 3-12) – This is the program in place at Highland Park Elementary for grades K-6. (Pre-K programming is not available at this time.) It focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and also in the world outside, through other environments where children learn. It offers a framework that meets children's academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs. The PYP serves as an excellent introduction to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, but it is not a prerequisite for this or for the Diploma Program.
    • Middle Years Program (students age 11-16) – There are two St. Paul Public Schools that offer the Middle Years Program.  Ramsey Junior High, serving grades 7th and 8th and Highland Park Middle School, serving Grades 6-8 beginning in the fall of 2011.
    • Diploma Program (Students age 16-19) – Several area high schools offer the IB Diploma Program, including Highland Park High School and Central High School.

    The IB Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. More information is available at www.ibo.org or through Colleen Kelley (colleen.kelley@spps.org), the IB/PYP coordinator at Highland Park Elementary.

IB Program

PYP in the Media

  • The Washington Post


    Click to read a December 17, 2006 Washington Post cover article about PYP.

PYP Resource Staff

  • Alice Moersch