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Alternative Programs

International Baccalaureate Primary Years  Programme

While recognizing the importance of concepts, knowledge and skills, the IBPYP and Coronation School believe that these alone do not make an internationally educated person. It is vital that we also focus on the development of positive attitudes towards people, towards the environment and towards learning.


We want students to develop:

  • Appreciation: appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people
  • Commitment: being committed to their learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility
  • Confidence: feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions
  • Cooperation: cooperating, collaborating and leading or following as the situation demands
  • Creativity: being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas
  • Curiosity: being curious about the nature of learning and of the world, its people and cultures
  • Empathy: imaginatively projecting themselves into another's situation, in order to understand his/her thoughts, reasoning and emotions
  • Enthusiasm: enjoying learning
  • Independence: thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned principles and being able to defend their judgments
  • Integrity: having integrity and a firm sense of fairness and honesty
  • Respect: respecting themselves, others and the world around them
  • Tolerance: feeling sensitivity towards differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others


IB Learner Profile

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

IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity.  They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning.  They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
  • Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.  They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
  • Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies.  They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
  • Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance.  In doing so, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
  • Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities.  They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
  • Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others.  They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
  • Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.  They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
  • Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
  • Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience.  They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Mission & Philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Program

IBO mission statement:

The International Baccalaureate Organization 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 IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Primary Years Program

The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) at Coronation is designed for students in grades Kindergarten through grade five. The curriculum framework provides for the development of the whole child. The PYP is a uniquely international program focusing on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academics.

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP) provides a shared curriculum for primary schools throughout the world. It does not replace the district scope and sequence or the provincial requirements but rather expands upon them by providing breadth and depth to understanding for primary age children. In addition, it provides the students with an international perspective that relates their world in Canada and Alberta to a larger global community. The curriculum is designed as an interactive whole, which eventually encompasses the full range of disciplines and adds to the district and provincial guidelines.

Key Concepts

Program of Inquiry

A Program of Inquiry designed around six trans disciplinary themes with multitudes of inquiry based activities is used to integrate the curriculum.

Trans disciplinary Themes

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

Your child will:

  • develop a deep understanding of important concepts;
  • conduct research into knowledge which has local and global significance;
  • acquire and practice a wide range of essential skills in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Art, Music, P.E. and French;
  • learn more effectively using inquiry;
  • learn and use the skills of a second language;
  • be encouraged to develop positive attitudes towards learning, the environment and other people;
  • have the opportunity for involvement in responsible action and community service;
  • manipulate the many facets of technology to become responsible users of the tool.