Instructional Program Overview

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.

Dailey Mission Statement

Dailey Elementary Charter School aims to develop and empower internationally minded students. We aim to do this by balancing the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and the State Standards, to foster caring and compassionate life-long learners.

As part of the K-12 continuum, students will be equipped with agency and the critical life skills necessary for success. Students will think critically and creatively. Individually and collaboratively, students will make connections with the world around them to become active global citizens that are inspired to take action and create a better world.

International Baccalaureate Mission Statement

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.