Primary Years Programme (PYP)
Summit Academy is an authorized school with the International Baccalaureate Organization. This program is appropriate for elementary children of all ages and ability levels.
At the elementary level, the IB curriculum is focused on helping children learn how to learn. Lessons come alive for the students because they use creativity to study issues through inquiry and questions. There is an emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving and lifelong learning.
According to information from IB, the Primary Years Programme, "focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development."
As part of the IB programme, the students are introduced to foreign language skills. Research suggests that skills are more readily learned at younger ages even if they do not become fluent in a foreign language. All students at Summit Academy receive instruction in Spanish each week. The students will also study about the United States and its place in the 21st Century global economy.
Because the Primary Years Programme is suited for the success of all children, no entrance criteria is required. Current Summit Academy students will continue at the school and new students will simply enroll as they would at another elementary school.
Students at International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools are given a unique education. They will:
- be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
- take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
- become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
- be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.
For more information go to International Baccalaureate Programme Web site.