Challenge School Program of Inquiry 2012-2013.pdf
The Challenge School received notification in 2004 from Geneva, Switzerland that the school has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP).
The Primary Years Program (PYP) focuses on the development of the whole child. The PYP offers a framework for curriculum development that balances state and district requirements with the natural questions and wonderment a student brings to learning.
At the heart of the PYP is a commitment to structured inquiry as a vehicle to connect students personally to their learning and capitalize on their engagement and motivation. The IB commitment focuses on developing critical thinking and an intercultural understanding by students. The PYP is entrenched in best practices in education so we can have the strongest program for our students.
Curriculum is organized around six themes: "Who are we," "How we express ourselves," "Where are we in place and time," "How the world works," "Sharing the planet," "How we organize ourselves." These themes allow focused, in-depth exploration of content. Also, teachers and students use key, concept based questions to structure inquiry into each unit of study. Natural connections of disciplines are explored and examined.
The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded students who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better more peaceful world. As IB learners we strive to be:
We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global signicance.
We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
We express ourselves condently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives intellectual, physical, and emotional to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.