The Primary Years Programme is a program for learners aged up to 12 years offered under the sponsorship of the International  Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). All International  Baccalaureate (IB) learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. Learners work toward becoming the type of student described in the Learner Profile through developing the attitudes of tolerance, respect, integrity, independence, enthusiasm, empathy, curiosity, creativity, cooperation, confidence, commitment, and appreciation.

Antietam, Buckland Mills, Ellis, and Rosa Parks Elementary Schools have achieved IB World School status. 

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Schools offering IBPYP:

Antietam Elementary School
Buckland Mills Elementary School
Ellis Elementary School
Mullen Elementary School
Rosa Parks Elementary School

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What subjects does a student study in a Primary Years Programme?

As in all Prince William County Public Schools, students will follow the Standards of Learning of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the PWCS curriculum. Students study the following subjects in a Primary Years Programme:
  • Language: Language Arts and Foreign Language
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Arts
  • Personal, Social, and Physical Education

How do the key concepts apply in the Primary Years Programme?

Key concepts have been identified that apply in each of the subject areas. Students learn about these concepts through asking specific questions. The key concepts and the related questions help students understand the concepts within each subject. Students also learn how the concepts apply in different subjects.

How are themes used in the Primary Years Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) is organized around six themes to help learners explore knowledge in the broadest sense. These themes include the following:

  • 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.

The themes are organized into a Program of Inquiry. The Primary Years Programme supports learners in constructing meaning through the inquiry process. The IBPYP strikes a balance between the specific subjects a student studies and the Program of Inquiry where themes are taught across more than one subject

Information & Links

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Read more about IB programs on the IB website.

Continuation of IB Programme in Middle and High School

Students can continue the IB Programme in Middle School through the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) which serves students in grades 6–10. High School students in grades 11–12 can pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Gar-Field and Unity Reed High Schools.


Students living within the boundaries of the specialty program school may ride their regular bus to school.

Transportation services for students who reside outside the boundaries of the specialty program school will be provided via a network of express bus stops. Transportation requests, including the selection of a specific express stop, must be returned to the school with the specialty program application. The transportation request process must be repeated for every year the student is enrolled in the specialty  program. Parents have the responsibility to provide  transportation to and from express bus stops.

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