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The Current State of IB at Peirce

Primary Years Programme (PYP) - IB World School

Middle Years Programme (MYP) - IB World School

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We thoughtfully consider the world and our won ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.


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The first PYP Exhibition was held on June 6th, and the 5th graders did a phenomenal job making us aware of a variety of topics around the central idea:

"Threats to humans (and animals) well being leads to the organization of people."

It's Summer - How to Keep the Inquiry Going

Museums to Visit

Museum of Contemporary Art

Chicago Children's Museum

National Museum of Mexican Art

DuSable Museum of African American History

Chicago History Museum

Smart Museum of Art

International Museum of Surgical Science

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Swedish Museum

Museum of Science and Industry

Field Museum


Shedd Aquarium

Art Institute

And Many Many Many More! Just do a Google Search for Museums in Chicago

Visit a Park, Zoo, Farm, or Garden

Lincoln Park Zoo

Brookfield Zoo

Millenium Park

Lakefront Parks


Emily Oaks Nature Center

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Blackberry Farms

Historic Wagner Farm

Lambs Farm

Chicago Botanical Gardens

Morton Arboretum

Explore a Neighborhood

Here is an interactive Chicago Neighborhood Map. Pick a neighborhood, do some research, and then go and explore it.

Or find a tour at the Chicago History Museum or the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

There is so much to see in our City!

Summer Math and Literacy Activities

Check out this blog post from Mr. Lerner about Summer Math Activities.

And here are ways to keep reading this summer through your Chicago Public Library!!!

Have you looked at the Peirce PYP Documents lately?

Check them out on the Peirce Website!

You will find:

PYP Assessment Policy

PYP Language Policy

Peirce PYP Programme of Inquiry

Peirce Specialists Programmes of Inquiry

...And Much More!

The MYP at Peirce

Graduation Day!

On June 14, our Peirce graduation was held at Senn Hall. With warm memories and tearful eyes, we bid adeiu to our MYP Year 3 students. Check out some of the magical moments!
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Move Up Day

On June 15, 5th Graders at Peirce participated in a Move-Up Day. This event provided students and parents with an introduction to the Middle Years Programme, an overview of the MYP Year 1 Curriculum, a chance to meet the MYP Year 1 teachers and see their new classrooms, and a Q & A session with a few rockstar students who were completing the MYP Year 1 Programme.

If you were able to attend Please consider providing feedback by completing the short survey found HERE.

If you were not able to make it, a link to the handouts that were distributed can be found below. Also, we will have MYP Student Orientation on August 30 at 4:00 PM and a general IB Information Session on September 27th during Open House.

Middle Years Programme Orientation

Thursday, Aug. 30th, 4pm

Helen C. Peirce School Auditorium

Join us for a brief information session to learn more about the Middle Years Programme. Locks and Lockers will be assigned. Students will also be able to get their schedules at this time.
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The Panthers Take the Big Apple!

Next spring, MYP Year One and Year Two students are heading to the New York City! The trip will take place from May 8-May 10, 2019. The cost of the trip is $1581 ($1551 Payable to, $30 to Peirce School).

To make this trip possible for more of our students, we are fundraising to provide travel scholarships. Scholarship Applications will be available September 7, 2018 and due on October 5, 2018. Winners will be announced on October 26th. Students must be registered for the trip on (TRIP ID 158425) before they can apply for a scholarship.

If you would like information about the trip or would like to contribute to our scholarship fund, please contact Dr. Talyia Eve Riemer (

Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies

Kimberly Lebovitz - PYP Coordinator


Dr. Talyia Eve Riemer - MYP Coordinator


For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit