IB PYP — What's That?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) World School at Huffman Elementary Primary Years Programme (PYP) fosters the development of knowledgeable, principled and internationally minded citizens. The IB PYP 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. 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.
Plano ISD's First Choice Elementary School
The IB World School at Huffman is Plano ISD's first choice elementary school. While students who attend Huffman are within the Huffman attendance boundaries, each year in the spring, we open up a lottery registration for all students who live in the Plano ISD boundaries in kindergarten through 5th grade. Students from all over PISD attend our school. For more information on the Primary Years Program, visit International Baccalaureate Organization.
Huffman Elementary IB World School
Huffman Elementary Becomes an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program
Joe T. Huffman Elementary opened its doors in August 2019 as the IB World School at Huffman Elementary. Providing the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. In order to become an official IB World School, Huffman was required to spend two years putting specific academic requirements in place. In April 2019, 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.
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.
To learn more about IB PYP, visit the IBO website.
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.