Our goal at Statesville Road Elementary School is the same as the PYP/IB around the world: to develop young people who are knowledgeable, responsible, internationally minded citizens who respect the variety of cultures and attitudes of our diverse world. 

    At the heart of the PYP is the belief in the potential of all students to activate their learning we: 

    • utilize structured inquiry as a vehicle for learning
    • nurture and challenge our students to develop the knowledge and skills to become lifelong learners. 
    • promote the attitudes and learner profile of the Primary Years Programme, developing personal and global understanding

    Check out the International Baccalaureate Program at www.ibo.org

    If you have any questions, please contact Susan Patterson, our IB coordinator, at susan.patterson@cms.k12.nc.us.


    Special Features of the Elementary IB

    • Emphasis on a global perspective and cultural diversity
    • Emphasis on speaking a foreign language in the primary years
    • Opportunities for accelerated curriculum in writing and speaking
    • Emphasis on community awareness and service projects
    • Opportunities for accelerated curriculum in mathematics
    • Opportunity to develop study skills and introduction to time management strategies
    • Greater focus on becoming an independent learner able to research and develop projects
    • Development of a strong academic foundation in all subject areas

    The Primary Years Programme of Inquiry

    Organizing Themes

    Who We Are
    An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
    Where We Are in Place and Time
      An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
    How We Express Ourselves
    An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
    How the World Works
    An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
    How We Organize Ourselves
    An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.
    Sharing the Planet
    An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.


    Primary Years Programme schools develop students who are...




    Attitudes that Primary Years Programme schools encourage