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.
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
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)