Aquila, Peter Hobart and Susan Lindgren are officially authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to provide all students a rigorous and diverse education through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP).
St. Louis Park joins together with schools from across the world in the IB-PYP to create educational opportunities that prepare students to be independent learners, understand different cultures, embrace challenges of the 21st century, and thrive in a global society.
Emphasis on Inquiry
The IB-PYP curriculum emphasizes inquiry. IB-PYP provides an international experience while ensuring that state and national educational standards are met. The program also includes Spanish instruction for all students.
Every unit of inquiry is organized around a central idea. Each unit is designed to be:
- Engaging: Of interest to the students, and involving them actively in their own learning.
- Relevant: Learning in a context connected to the lives of students.
Challenging: Extending the prior knowledge and experience of the students to increase their competencies and understanding.
Significant: Contributing to an understanding of the transdisciplinary nature of the theme, and therefore to an understanding of commonality of human experiences. All subject areas — language arts, math, the arts, social studies, science & technology, and personal/social/physical education — are taught using six transdisciplinary themes, which are applied across all subject areas. Students explore and deepen their understanding of the themes through shared experiences.
IB is an internationally recognized curriculum for teaching students that focuses on the whole child. Students explore their subjects by asking questions:
Teachers are guided by these six transdisciplinary themes as they design units of inquiry that both transcend and articulate conventional subject boundaries.
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationship including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
The Learner Profile enables students to become: Communicators, risk takers, principled, thinkers, open-minded, caring, balanced, knowledgeable, reflective, inquirers. Using these attributes, students will begin the journey of life-long learning and become active participants in a global society.