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Primary Years Programme

What is PYP?

PYP stands for the Primary Years Programme which is the elementary level program of the International Baccalaureate. Thomas Jefferson Elementary was authorized as a PYP school in 2012.  At TJ, all students participate in the PYP through inquiry learning which seeks to prepare internationally minded students for the 21st century.  

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. 

To this end, the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences can also be right.

TJ Mission Statement

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, in partnership with our families and community, educates and challenges every student to succeed and become a responsible and contributing member of the global community.

The PYP Framework

As IB learners, we strive to become internationally minded, life-long learners who make this world a better, more peaceful place.

To this end, we strive to be an IB learner who achieves the Learner Profile.

Learner Profile Traits


The chart in the next column helps explain the 
components that make up the PYP.

Five essential elements to create an IB learner:

Essential Elements of the PYP

Learner Profile Trait of the Month

September - Inquirer

October - Knowledgeable

November - Thinker

December - Communicator

January - Principled

February - Open Minded

March - Caring

April - Risk Taker

May - Balanced

June - Reflective

Action Cycle

PYP action cycle