The IB PYP Programme in West Vancouver Schools

West Bay Elementary and Cypress Park Primary schools are designated “schools of choice” within West Vancouver Schools offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP).

Since 2005, all students from Kindergarten to Grade 7 attending West Bay Elementary have taken part in the IB PYP. In addition, West Bay Preschool (“Early Inquirers”) offers inquiry-based activities for three- and four-year-olds.

Developed by the IB Organization specifically for this pre-K to 12 age group, the IB PYP integrates the BC curriculum into a framework of inquiry with a global perspective.

This inclusive, enriched program ensures students are challenged to think and question critically. Research skills and sophistication in writing and presenting are significant outcomes of the program.

West Bay and Cypress Park’s IB PYP also offers second language instruction beginning in Kindergarten.

The IB PYP Goal

The IB PYP’s goal is to deliver citizens who are well-balanced, principled inquirers with an understanding of their responsibilities to our society and a commitment to academic excellence.

What Makes the IB PYP Unique?

Through the IB PYP, students acquire and learn to apply transdisciplinary skills to perform well across a spectrum of challenges – from academics to arts and culture, from athletics to citizenship.

The results, documented throughout the world, are:

  • motivated, happy learners
  • students who have learned how to learn
  • learners who can apply critical analysis skills
  • children who take risks to seek deeper understanding of concepts with a global significance, and
  • students who are involved in responsible action and social service.