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:
- Encourages international-mindedness in IB students
- Encourages a positive attitude to learning by engaging students in inquiries and developing their awareness of the process of learning so that they can become lifelong learners
- Reflects real life by encouraging learning beyond traditional subjects with meaningful, in-depth inquiries into real issues
- Emphasizes, through the learner profile, the development of the whole student – physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
- Frames the learning activities of the school community
Please visit this link for more information: www.ibo.org
World Language Program
Burton Magnet Elementary School's World Language program is unique in 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.
Magnet Tours and Lottery
Learn about our Magnet Program
The best way to learn about our school is to see learning in action! We offer school tours periodically throughout the school year. Each visit includes an information session and a tour of the school. Use the link below to find the tour that best fits your schedule!
Sibling Attending and Applying Priorities
General App Pool
Link Priority to Shepard Middle IB
As you may know, the Durham Public Schools Board of Education has established a program link between Burton IB Magnet School and Shepard IB Magnet Middle School. Parents of fifth graders at Burton who want their children to attend Shepard in sixth grade can sign up for a tour of Shepard by clicking on the link below.
Action is an important part of the learning process and can take many forms. Action is a means for students to show that they have connected their learning to real-life issues. Action can be short or long term, revisited or ongoing. It may be individual or collective, small or large scale and may take place at home, at school or in local or wider communities. Some actions may not always be visible or immediately impactful; they might appear in the form of impressions left on students, or small things that go unnoticed because they are part of the daily life of the learning community.
Initiated by students, PYP action is authentic, meaningful, mindful, responsible and responsive. Action could be:
- a change in attitude
- a consideration or plan for action in the future
- a demonstration of responsibility, or of respect for self, others and the environment
- a commitment to leading or participating in a youth advocacy group
- an engagement in school decision-making or an expression of support in community, local and global decision-making
- 2020 National Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America
- 2019 National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America
To receive a national merit award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme.
To learn more about the national merit awards program, please visit www.magnet.edu.