Learning at HOPE Academy
IB Primary Years Program (PYP)
Hope Academy is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
**Mission Statement from the IB
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 rigorous assessment. 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 program endeavors to develop students who are internationally minded and demonstrate the personal qualities described in the IB Learner Profile:
Students in the IB are able to take ownership for their own learning and have a strong understanding of how knowledge itself is constructed. They are encouraged to try different approaches to learning, and develop excellent study skills as a result.
As a Christian school, we are strongly rooted in the biblical worldview as the foundation of learning. Students participate in Biblical Studies classes, daily devotions, and weekly chapel.
Pre Kindy (2 Years Old)
Our Pre-Kindergarten classes prepare students to embark on their IB learning experience. They learn essential skills or “pre-skills” which lay the groundwork for future learning. Class activities provide opportunities for students to know themselves and their environment through interactions.
Our play-based approach in learning aims to build children’s enthusiasm for learning. Play provides benefits for cognitive, social, emotional and physical development for students. Through play, children actively construct meaning from their interactions with their physical and social worlds.
Through play, students also learn “school readiness” skills, which help them understand school routines, how to be independent, and how to work with others.
Kindergarten (3-5 Years Old)
The IB PYP curriculum at Hope Academy starts in Kindergarten 1. Early learning in IB PYP provides students the opportunities for meaningful and engaging play. It is where students informally develop essential skills for learning: thinking, communication, social, research, and self-management skills. They gain skills that will ultimately help them learn to read, write, and build their number concepts.
Early learning in the PYP is a holistic learning experience that continuously integrate and connect prior and new knowledge and experiences in the most meaningful way to broaden their understandings about the world God created.
Junior School (6-12 Years Old)
Students in the IB PYP in Junior School take ownership of their learning by asking questions, exploring, learning, sharing, reflecting, and taking actions in and beyond the school community. Inquiry-based units of study, known as Units of Inquiry, provide a transdisciplinary model of learning and make the learning engaging, challenging, relevant, and contextual for students. This way, learning becomes meaningful beyond the structured disciplinary subject areas throughout the primary years.