Primary School

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) is the framework for organization of the Primary School curriculum. The PYP is driven by concept acquisition and is inquiry-based. Students explore topics in mathematics; science and technology; languages; social studies; arts; and personal, social, and physical education. Students in the Primary School study and explore these areas in two languages.

In working out answers, children build skills such as reading, reasoning, researching, and communicating. Teachers seek to instill a depth of understanding so students can become independent and lifelong learners.

Along with strong academics, WIS concentrates on developing the whole child. The PYP promotes positive attitudes and good character. We emphasize traits such as respect, empathy, integrity, and confidence and encourage students to reflect, choose wisely, and act responsibly with other children and their teachers, as well as in the wider community.

As a culminating and collaborative activity of the PYP, Grade 5 students design and execute a whole-class project, including written work, oral presentations, technology, and art performances and projects. The Grade 5 Exhibition challenges students to analyze and propose solutions to real-world issues, drawing from what they have learned during their PYP years.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile comprises 10 characteristics:


They nurture their curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. They know how to learn independently and with others. They learn with enthusiasm and sustain their love of learning throughout life.


They develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. They engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.


They use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. They exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.


They express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. They collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. They take responsibility for their actions and their consequences.


They critically appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. They seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.


They show empathy, compassion and respect. They have a commitment to service, and they act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around them.


They approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; they work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. They are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.


They understand the importance of balancing different aspects of their lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for themselves and others. They recognize their interdependence with other people and with the world in which they live.


They thoughtfully consider the world and their own ideas and experience. They work to understand their strengths and weaknesses in order to support their learning and personal development.