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International Baccaleaureate Primary Years Programme

International Baccaleaurate Primary Years Programme

Minneapolis Public Schools and Loring Elementary are working towards creating a more inclusive and representative curriculum that starts with our students and is tied to the national academic standards.  We use a process called curriculum transformation to analyze and to create a more equitable learning experience for our scholars. 

Loring is an IB/PYP candidate school.  We are working towards full authorization as an IB school within 3-5 years.  


What is the PYP?

The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) for children aged 3 - 12 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

What does the PYP offer students?

Through its inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the PYP challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts. In the PYP, students learn how to think for themselves and take responsibility for their own learning through an inquiry-led approach.

By developing the attributes of the IB Learner Profile, students also learn how to demonstrate respect for themselves and others, developing international-mindedness by working with others for a shared purpose and taking positive action for change.

From the IB public website:


The IB Primary Years Program

• addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being

• encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning

• supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it

• helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.

Learn more about IB PYP here: