PYP (K-6)


The Primary Years Programme (PYP) nurtures and develops students in kindergarten through sixth grade as caring, creative and active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. The framework centers on students’ academic, social and emotional well-being, while focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. Students gain independent learning skills, and they are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning.

The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. They include:

•  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


Earlier this year, family and staff members gathered to celebrate our fifth grade leaders at Exhibition Night at the York Academy! Exhibition is a collaborative, intensive research project that is unique to the International Baccalaureate curriculum and serves as the culminating project of the Primary Years Programme. It is one of the many projects that makes York Academy stand out. 

In January, the students selected research topics that mattered to them, created their own central ideas and developed lines of inquiry. For weeks, they took responsibility of their learning through in-depth inquiry and research. Some of the topics included homelessness, depression, cancer, war, pollution, bullying and anxiety. The students worked in small groups and met multiple times per week with volunteer mentors from the York Academy staff. This culminating experience provided an opportunity for our students to exhibit the attributes of the IB Learner Profile, which have been a focus during the PYP years. Their presentations were impressive and inspiring.

Special thanks is extended to the fifth grade teachers and many mentors who guided and encouraged the students during this journey. Parents, your support of these extremely caring, reflective and knowledgeable IB communicators is greatly appreciated. The York Academy team is very proud of them and we look forward to seeing them excel in the MYP!

Click here to read an article about Exhibition by Our York Media.