Huffman Elementary fosters the development of knowledgeable, principled, and internationally minded citizens. Our scholars approach the world with an open mind and aspire to understand the different perspectives and ideas of others while helping to create a more peaceful world.
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
Huffman Elementary School will open its doors in August 2019 as the IB World School at Huffman Elementary. For the past two years, Huffman has been an IB PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme) Candidate School. In order to become an official IB World School, Huffman was required to spend two years putting specific academic requirements in place. In April, IB representatives came to Huffman for an authorization visit. They looked through Huffman's curriculum, observed classes and interviewed students, staff and parents over the course of two days. At the end of the visit, recommendations were given with a time frame of 3-6 months to receive the official word of authorization approval as the final step to becoming an IB World School.
Huffman received this official word on June 5, 2019, bringing to fruition the hard work and dedication of students, staff and the Huffman community. With authorization now approved, the school is officially the IB World School at Huffman Elementary. Huffman is the only elementary school in Plano ISD participating in the program. Plano East Senior High has had an IB World School for 9th-12th-grade students since the late '90s.
IB is an international education program that focuses on the whole child, develops effective approaches to teaching and learning, works to increase an understanding of languages and culture, and explores globally significant ideas and issues. IB scholars strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. These Learner Profile attributes are at the very core of daily learning, so students can become knowledgeable, responsible members of their own community and beyond.
The PYP is designed for students aged 3-12. it focuses on inquiry as a vehicle for learning. The PYP is guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance all while being grounded in the state standards. These six themes provide teachers with an opportunity to design a curriculum that incorporates issues on a local and global level and creates experiences that go beyond the scope of learning within subject areas.
The Six Transdisciplinary Themes:
- 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
These six themes provide teachers with an opportunity to design curriculum that incorporates issues on a local and global level and creates experiences that go beyond the scope of learning within subject areas.
Why Huffman IB PYP?
PYP students are confident communicators: PYP students learn to communicate in a variety of ways and in more than one language.
Learning how to learn: PYP students work collaboratively with teachers and other students to plan, present and assess their own learning.
Understanding a complex and interdependent world: PYP students create meaning for themselves and build understanding through exploring real-world issues.
It encourages students to inquire: The PYP fosters natural curiosity and learning in creative, supportive and collaborative environments.