Academic Excellence in the Elementary School

Academic excellence focuses on ensuring academic and personal growth for every student

  • Our classroom curriculum is based on philosophy of the International Baccalaureate (IB) World Programmes, an internationally-recognized education that challenges students both academically and personally.
  • We limit class sizes to fewer than 20 students to ensure that teachers are able to provide personal attention for every student. Small classes also ensures that we can nurture students as they strive to become independent and life long learners, incorporating elements of the IB Learner Profile.
  • We evaluate our students on both national and international stages.
  • And the magic that makes excellence possible…amazing teachers who encourage, inspire, and celebrate our students, every step of the way. They nudge when needed, pick students up when they fall, and celebrate accomplishments, big and small.

Our classroom curriculum: The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP)

PYP_ENGThe IB Primary Years Programme focuses on the development of the whole child, both academically and socially, with the goal of providing students with the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and actions to lead successful lives. Students learn through inquiry, acting on their knowledge, and reflecting upon their learning. This structured approach to learning is built around six trans-displinary units that help students see how concepts connect across subjects.

The six trans-disciplinary units 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.

We are Idaho’s most experienced IB World School

Each school develops its own specific curriculum for each of the trans-disciplinary units, also referred to as units of inquiry. As Idaho’s most experienced IB World School, our teachers continue to reflect and refine our curriculum on an ongoing basis.

Grade 5 students complete a capstone project

In grade 5, students work collaboratively to conduct an in-depth inquiry into a real-life issue and shared what they learned with our school community. Called the PYP Exhibition, this powerful eight-week inquiry ultimately teaches students as much about their real-life issue as it does about themselves as learners.

Download this brochure to learn more about the 2016 Exhibition and the real-life issues that our students took action to address.

Second language, art, music, and PE are core elements of your child’s education

Learning a second language and connecting art, music, and physical education to units of inquiry are important elements of a successful PYP program. Our specialist teachers work closely with primary teachers to develop units of inquiry that connect concepts across subjects and reinforce learning.

Language arts (reading/writing)
Second language*
Physical education

Number of classes per week
Daily (5x per week)
Daily (5x per week)
Varies dependent upon grade (3-5x per week)*
Twice per week
Twice per week
Twice per week

In the Elementary School, students learn Spanish starting in Pre-Kindergarten and continue through grade 4. In grade 5, students study Spanish 3x per week and Mandarin Chinese 2x per week. In Middle School, they choose to continue studying Spanish or Mandarin exclusively.

Watch the video below to learn more about what our students gained by completing their grade 5 Exhibition.