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Oxford Elementary School is now an Authorized IB World School offering thePrimary Years Programme.
Our school was notified on May 11, 2012 of our Authorization. 
A special congratulations and thank you to all of our teachers, staff, students, families, and community members that supported us on our journey toward authorization. 

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme


A major goal of the IB PYP is to nurture a balanced learner who is well equipped with not only knowledge, but the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in our rapidly changing world. Below are the essential elements of the Primary Years Programme.

Please click on any of the underlined blue links below for additional information about the components of the IB PYP.

The Learner Profile---The Learner Profile helps us become more internationally minded, take action, and become better leaders and learners.

International Mindedness--A major emphasis of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program is developing internationally minded students that learn about the world.

KnowledgeThe Program of Inquiry includes six units: Who We Are, Where We are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How We Organize Ourselves, How the World Works, and Sharing the Planet.

Skills—The Transdisciplinary Skills are a set of skills that we explicitly teach our students to equip them to be world-class learners, fully confident in a variety of settings. They include thinking skills, research skills, communication skills, self-management skills, and social skills. 

ConceptsStructured, purposeful inquiry is a powerful vehicle for learning. We use the key concepts of form, function, causation, change, responsibility, connection, perspective, and reflection to frame our questions for inquiry.

AttitudesThe twelve attitudes of the PYP program are: appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance. These attitudes, along with the learner profile, provide common language used by the entire school community as we work toward becoming internationally-minded citizens.

ActionWe always honor and celebrate student-initiated action. Students are encouraged and provided opportunities to seek out ways to make their world a better place.

Exhibition---The Exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student. As a culminating experience it is an opportunity for students in their final year of the PYP to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating, and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. Our current fifth grade class will begin working on their Exhibition Unit on March 4, 2013. Exhibition presentations are scheduled to be shared on April 25th, 2013 beginning at 6:00pm at Oxford Elementary School. 


Meet Oxford Elmentary's IB Coordinator

For additonal information please visit

or contact  Rita Flynn, Oxford Elementary's IB Coordinator,

If you are wondering what an IB PYP classroom is like, please watch this short video.


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