Providence Elementary School

An International Baccalaureate World School

The IB 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.

Providence Elementary Mission Statement

At Providence, we are developing:

Principled

Enthusiastic

Seekers

Who Engage the World!

What does it mean to be IB?

The IB's programmes are different from other curricula because they:

  • encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
  • develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
  • encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
  • develop multilingual students.

The IB Primary Years Program at Providence

Each grade level will focus on 6 transdisciplinary themes for 5-8 weeks at a time. These themes are considered Units of Inquiry and include inquiries based on The Learner Profile. The Learner Profile includes the following traits: inquirers, thinkers, communicators, knowledgeable, risk-takers, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced, and reflective. In the PYP a balance is sought between acquistion of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking of responsible action.


Through these inquiries teachers will build units based on 5 Essential Elements:

  1. Knowledge: (Thematic Units) Who We Are, Where We Are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, How We organize Ourselves, and Sharing the Planet.
  2. Skills: social, communication, thinking, research, and self-management.
  3. Concepts: form, function, causation, change, connection, perspective, responsibility, and reflection.
  4. Attitudes: appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.
  5. Action: Choose*Act*Reflect


Please refer to The IB's website for further understanding: http://ibo.org

Mandarin at Providence

As a PYP School, Providence must offer a second language. Providence offers Chinese Mandarin instruction to every child, Pre-K through fifth grade. We have one Huntsville City teacher and two teachers sponsored by The Confucius Institute through AAMU.


We chose Mandarin because it is a critical language. Acquisition of Mandarin will give our students an advantage in International communications and economics. Mandarin language learning will give our students an advantage as they learn not only another language, but also the appreciation of the Chinese culture. Huntsville's primary economy revolves around the U.S. Military Arsenal and Marshall Space Center. Both of these entities attract a significant multi-national corporate footprint that is specifically focused on engineering. Huntsville has a significant Chinese community due to the business interests in Huntsville. Given the significant of the global economy and China's impact around the world, Mandarin will give our students a solid foundation for participating in the global economy.