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International Baccalaureate at Quail Run

International Baccalaureate: Preparing K-12 Students for Tomorrow’s Global Society

As parents, we want to raise a well-rounded child who is academically challenged and thinks about issues and problems beyond the community in which he or she lives in order to become members of a global society. At PVSchools, we are helping students on this pathway with the K-12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, which is offered at Quail Run Elementary School, Vista Verde Middle School and North Canyon High School.

IB focuses on each student as a whole person and addresses, not only the cognitive development but social, emotional and physical well-being. “The aim of IB is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people with adaptable skills to tackle society's complex challenges and who will help make it a better, more peaceful world. IB students develop a sense of the world around them and their responsibility to it,” said Dianna Rubey, Primary Years Programme coordinator at Quail Run Elementary School.

IB World Schools are subject to a strict accreditation process monitored by IB to ensure that schools provide a high quality education for students. The IB teaching methods are researched-based and draw from the best educational practices from around the world. Additionally, IB teachers are required to participate in professional development opportunities to promote awareness of current educational practices and new thinking.

Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Quail Run Elementary School

In 2010, Quail Run Elementary became an authorized IB World School. In the PYP, students learn about and use knowledge, concepts, and skills through a variety of subjects to explore six transdisciplinary themes with students learning across subject areas while investigating big ideas.

The PYP curriculum at Quail Run was created by aligning the state standards for math and language arts with the IB philosophy. “Teachers build social studies and science units using an inquiry based process and incorporates state standards and best teaching practices,” said Mrs. Rubey. The coursework is designed to prepare students for the rigorous program offered in the Middle Years Programme at Vista Verde Middle School