The History of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme at Rockrimmon Elementary

Rockrimmon Elementary was authorized as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP) in July, 2002. The Primary Years Program (PYP) (pre K-5th or pre K- 6th), is a philosophy of teaching which emphasizes the inquiry method; a powerful vehicle for all learners. It promotes genuine understanding and challenges students to engage in the study of universal ideas. Learning a second language (Spanish) and community service are also major components of the IBPYP.
The PYP is a conceptual framework through which content is explored and assessed. The Colorado Academic Standards are imbedded in the K-5 Programme of Inquiry. Student understanding of the Colorado Academic Standards is assessed through the formative and summative assessments on the grade level units of inquiry. 

Academic Program:

The academic program at Rockrimmon is aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards and includes:

Reading, Writing, and Communications - two hour block in grades 1-5
Social Studies
Physical Education
21st Century Skills

Talented and Gifted Program

Special Education Program, including Speech/Language services
Classroom Guidance Program (also includes small group counseling services)

Full Day Kindergarten (tuition-based)
Additional Reading Support (available on an individual need basis)

 The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate Organization 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 IBO 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.

​Carol Mejia, IB Coordinator