Harding Primary Years Programme
updated: Oct 10, 2012, 12:33 PM
Source: Unified School District
Harding University Partnership School Reaches Major Milestone
Harding University Partnership School is proud to announce that on Tuesday,
October 9, 2012, the International Baccalaureate Organization authorized the
school as an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years
Harding University Partnership School is the first elementary school in Santa
Barbara County to receive the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB)
The journey toward authorization began over four years ago and has been an
intensive learning period for the school community, including leadership,
teachers, support staff, parents, students, and school partners.
The process has ensured understanding of the PYP. Professional development and
collaboration has been a very significant part of the process.
The authorization process is the same for schools across the globe. The process
· making the decision to become an IB World School;
· understanding the nature and requirements of the IB programme standards
· defining their readiness to implement the programme;
· planning to sustain the programme in the long term;
· development and revision of the Programme of Inquiry;
· implementation of the PYP essential elements.
Harding's staff has worked diligently to build their school community around the
International Baccalaureate mission statement:
"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and
caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through
intercultural understanding and respect.
"To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international
organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and
"These programmes encourage students across the world to become active,
compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their
differences, can also be right."
The school community at Harding University Partnership School will continue to
further develop education for international mindedness, conceptual understanding
and inquiry-based teaching and learning that form the hallmarks of an IB
A school-wide celebration is planned for November 8, 2012.
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