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International Baccalaureate

Sand Creek International is an authorized PYP (Primary Years Programme) and MYP (Middle Years Programme) International Baccalaureate School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

**Mission Statement from the IB 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.

How is an IB education different than a traditional education?

International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

We strive to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect. IB programme frameworks can operate effectively with national curricula at all ages; more than 50% of IB World Schools are state-funded.

The IB's programmes are different from other curricula because they:

  • encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
  • develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
  • encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
  • develop multilingual students

IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP)

Within IB there are four programmes, the Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme are currently offered at Sand Creek International. Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade are enrolled in the PYP, students in 6th grade through 8th grade are enrolled in the MYP. We are a fully authorized PYP school, and with the addition of middle school grades, we are now also an authorized school for MYP.

Our PYP Programme of Inquiry (POI) outlines the curriculum we teach Kindergarten - 5th grade. Each grade level teaches six instructional units each year that address the transdisciplinary themes of IB. 

In our MYP Programme of Inquiry for 6th-8th grade, we have Approaches to Learning charts and Scope and Sequence documents that outline the instructional units in Years 1, 2, and 3 of the program.