International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six interdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as interdisciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry. 

    The Primary Years Programme is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculum and provides the best preparation for students to engage in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years, and Diploma Programme offered at James E. Shepard Magnet Middle School and Hillside High School


    The IB Primary Years Programme:

    • addresses students' academic, social and emotional wellbeing
    • encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
    • supports students' efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it
    • helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish 

    The six subject areas identified within the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme:

    • Language
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Arts
    • Personal/Social and Physical Education


    World Language Program

    Burton Magnet Elementary School's World Language program is unique that it is the only elementary school in the district which offers daily instruction in three different languages. Burton offers French, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. 

    Our first through fifth grade students receive thirty minutes of language instruction per day. When students enter Burton in Kindergarten, they are exposed to all three languages for the first three quarters of the school year. During the fourth quarter, with the support of parents, students decide on a language. Such an early start affords our students who spend all six years here an exciting opportunity to achieve an impressive degree of breadth and depth of skill in the language by the end of elementary school. 

    Students benefit from an immersion technique where the medium of instruction in all the three language classes is the targeted world language. There are also encouraged to speak only in the language and take field trips to utilized the skills learned in real-life situations. Their structure and vocabulary base is expanded as units are introduced and reviewed from year to year. Emphasis is on listening and speaking skills in grades kindergarten through second. A gradual introduction to writing and reading begins in grades third through fifth. Please visit Burton's World Language Program website.