International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate Candidacy - 

Primary Years & Middle Years Programs

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St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School is introducing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) into the school curriculum. IB schools exist across the globe. Like St. Francis, IB schools are places for knowledgeable students who care about the world in which they live and who want to learn more about their neighbors, both far and wide, care for God’s creation, and further our mission of inclusivity and social justice.

This process of candidacy and authorization is administered by our two IB Teacher-Coordinators, Ms. Isabel Herzberger (3rd – PYP) and Mrs. Sharon Pressburg-Nevans (6th– MYP). In addition to collecting, preparing and maintaining the records for our process, both Ms. Herzberger and Mrs. Pressburg-Nevans are crucial in implementing changes, training teachers, and communicating the school's learning goals to our entire community.

While the overall goals and values that we hold dear at St. Francis will remain strong, you will notice some changes in planning, teaching, and learning. The Coordinators will make sure that teachers have access to new training, time and collaboration. As we move forward, students will have opportunities to proudly show you what they have learned.

Many of the preliminary steps are already in place. St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School has always been a school:

  • Teachers work collaboratively across grade-levels and specialties

  • Students are exposed to and learn other world languages and cultures (Spanish & Italian)

  • Students explore concepts across the curriculum

  • Physical Education and the Fine Arts are a fundamental part of our whole-child approach

  • International-mindedness and service are integral to our mission

  • We value community

Through it all, we will continue to prepare students to live their lives in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare, commit to demonstrating a curiosity and respect for learning, and contribute to the world around them.

St. Francis of Assisi is an IB candidate school that will be working on implementation this year for full authorization next school year. Below is our welcome from the International Baccalaureate Organization:

St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School is a candidate school* for the PYP and MYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education - that we believe is important for our students.  

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally-minded people who recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world.

For more information about the International Baccalaureate program, please visit their website at and look-up the two programs we will be implementing here, the Primary Years Program (PYP) and the Middle Years Program (MYP). 

We see this as an amazing opportunity to enhance what we already do as a school and allow us to progress and move forward in a direction that will only be beneficial for our kids.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Programme). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.


IB Learner Profile


PYP - Program of Inquiry


MYP - Middle Years Program (6-8)


MYP - Middle Years Policies

Our 125yr Global Community

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