International Baccalaureate Program

    ​​​In 2003, Whittier added "International" to our name, and became an IB World School.  IB stands for International Baccalaureate, and is a highly respected program of international education in over 4,000 schools across the globe.  IB offers a specific program for elementary school (PYP), middle school (MYP), high school (DP) and a career-related program (CP).  The IB philosophy is embedded in our mission and vision throughout the day. 
    From the IB Website:
    "The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) is underpinned by six transdisciplinary themes around which learning is planned.  These 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.
    These themes are selected for their relevance to the real world. They are described as transdisciplinary because they focus on issues that go across subject areas.
    The transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiry. Teachers work together to develop investigations into important ideas, which require a substantial and high level of involvement on the part of students."

    Click here to see our Program of Inquiry (POI) and how our school fits its' curriculum into these themes.  

    Click here to see the IB Learner Profile:  the aim of an international education. 

    Click here to see the 5 Essential Elements of the program.
    For more about what it means to be an IB School, click here.
    School Policies:

    To view the General Regulations of the Primary Years Program click here.