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Dailey Elementary Charter School was authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years Program (PYP) in April 2013. PYP incorporates the best educational practice from throughout the world. Its premise is based on thematic, inquiry-based units of instruction which focus on structured questioning methods that promote high – level questioning and global mindedness that encourages and enhances a child’s natural curiosity. The PYP provides an opportunity for learners to construct meaning, principally through concepts-driven inquiry. Traditional academic subjects are part of the program, but there is an emphasis on the interrelatedness of knowledge and skills through a Transdisciplinary program of inquiry.
The curriculum is an integration of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the IB Units of study. Students at Dailey are taught through concept-based learning methods and are always working with more than one CCSS standard or skill and focused on the thinking behind the skill. Teachers incorporate core literature books; integration of technology; and students are engaged in higher-level thinking and questioning that prepares students to be career and college ready. In addition, students are assessed in a variety of methods that are aligned to IB requirements and CCSS including culminating tasks, projects, and writing assessments.
Dailey’s educational program also includes specialty teachers for all students in grades K – 5 in the areas of Spanish, Art, Music, and Physical Education. Additionally, students in grades 1st – 5th participate in weekly GLOBAL classes.
Additional program highlights:
- Teaching at grade level and above
- Emphasis on writing across the grade levels
- Project-based inquiry learning for all grade levels
- Program of Inquiry
Dailey Elementary Charter School aim to develop, empower, and foster internationally-minded students, through the balancing of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and the State Standards, to become life-long learners and leaders.
As Part of the K-12 continuum, students will be equipped with the critical life skills necessary for college and future global opportunities. Students will be empowered through critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration to make connection with the world around them to become active global citizens that are inspired to take action within their local communities.
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.