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PYP at DCC | Academy School District 20

 The Primary Years Program at DCC

What is the Primary Years Program​?

Founded on a philosophy that recognizes a child’s natural curiosity, creativity and ability to reflect, the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at DCC aims to generate a stimulating, challenging learning environment that fosters a lifelong love of learning. The PYP is a framework designed by the International ib-world-school-logo-2-colour.pngBaccalaureate (IB) with an international perspective in mind. The framework encourages the development of an internationally minded person who demonstrates the attributes of the Learner Profile. Like all IB programmes, the PYP is transdisciplinary, meaning students learn across subject areas while investigating big ideas. 

Does the PYP have a specific set of standards?

In the context of the PYP, students explore concepts through Units of Inquiry (UoI) designed collaborativley by DCC teachers. Through guided inquiry, the UoI expands on a students prior knowledge and guides them as they acquire essential skills in an atmosphere where a deeper understanding of concepts is developed. The six transdisciplinary themes that guide our UoI's and compose a year of study are: 

    • Who we are 

    • Where we are in place and time 

    • How we express ourselves 

    • How the world works 

    • How we organize ourselves 

    • Sharing the planet

Units of inquiry interweave subject areas such as mathematics, language arts, science and social studies. This framework also encourages students to make their own connections between what they learn in core subject areas and how it relates to the world around them.

The school outlines its specific content and curriculum, guided by the following essential elements: 

    • The knowledge content is organized under the transdisciplinary themes. Each school decides which specific topics to study under each theme. 

    • The learning skills aim to help students become independent, well-functioning, self-motivated learners. 

    • The action component emphasizes the need to connect the student with his or her own potential and responsibility for using what was learned. 

    • The rigorous guidelines for classroom practices to match the educational philosophy and values of the IB are communicated through professional development and a school’s internal reflection process. (Source: IBO.org)


What are the advantages of an IB education?

• IB World Schools (the only schools authorized to offer IB programmes) are subject to a strict accreditation process monitored by the IB.

• IB teaching methods and curriculums are research-based and draw from the best educational practices from systems around the world. 

• IB teachers are required to participate in many professional development opportunities to continually promote their awareness of current educational practices and new thinking. 

• IB students develop a sense of the world around them and their responsibility to it. 

• IB programmes are recognized internationally and ease the educational transitions of mobile students so that their education is not adversely affected if their families relocate.

(Source: IBO.org)

Where can I find more information about IB and the PYP?

For more information on the PYP at Discovery Canyon, contact our IB coordinator

Autumn Cave-Crosby


For more information about the PYP, download the following resources from the IB.

PYP Brochure

PYP Parent Facts

PYP at a Glance

10 Reasons

IB Mission

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. (Source: IBO.org)

 The PYP at DCC

Our 5th grade students take on the role of medical professional through a real-life simulation during their inquiry into the human body.