International Baccalaureate®

What is an IB Education?

Carpenter Elementary G.L.A.D. is an International Baccalaureate World School. The IB Primary Years Programme at Carpenter focuses on helping students discover the value of learning and become lifelong learners.

Cultivating observation skills, teaching to recognize patterns and transferring their knowledge to unfamiliar situations allow students to develop critical thinking skills and creativity. With a focus on purposeful play, hands-on learning, problem-solving and nurturing respect to create conscientious individuals, the IB program prepares students to achieve academic success in their educational careers and to become socially aware about the world around them.

How Do We Help Develop Students?

Parents who want the best possible education for their children choose this programme because it includes:

Higher Reasoning

Rigorous Learning Objectives

Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups.

Self Esteem

Student-Centered Learning

Provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and mindset they need to be successful.
Respect For Cultures

International Perspectives

Helps students appreciate their own culture and personal history, as well as the values and traditions
of others.

Respect For Cultures


Every student in the program will have a language class.

Holistic Education

Develop Learning Strategies

Students focus on approaches to learning with a critical lens and evaluate application of their knowledge in real-world scenarios.

What Does an IB Student Look Like?

At the core of all IB Programmes is the learner profile, 10 attributes fostered in students that promote their development as responsible members of their local, national, and global communities. IB learners strive to be:











Understanding the IB Primary Years Programme

IB Primary Years Programme
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A Student-Centered Approach

The Primary Year Progamme (PYP) encourages students to drive their own learning and see themselves as inquirers, problem solvers, and global citizens. It not only focuses on what students learn but how they learn. This approach includes five major categories of skills that students will develop:

  • Communication
  • Thinking
  • Social Skills
  • Self-Management
  • Researching

Learning Through Inquiry

The IB programme is guided by six transdisciplinary themes, which are:

  • 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

Students explore timeless key concepts rooted in transdisciplinary themes.  They work collaboratively to question their learning, investigate problems, and create transformative change.  Through innovative thinking and research, students cultivate an appreciation and joy for learning through exploration.

To learn more about the IB, visit

PYP Model

Programme News

Inside the Classroom: Who We Are

Inside the Classroom: Who We Are

Our second-grade students wrapped up their first unit of study “Who We Are” by dressing up as the heroes they studied in class or researched outside of class.

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Instructional Program

Assessment Policy

The purpose of assessment is to inform teachers about students’ learning and guide instruction. This policy also outlines the tools used to assess student progress.

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School-wide Points of Inquiry

This matrix outlines the points of inquiry and how they are addressed for each grade level.

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Language Policy

This document covers our language learning philosophy, the role of the teacher, and how we will support students' language learning process.

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