International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

Sara Collins Elementary became the first public fully authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) School in Greenville County in February, 2004. The PYP focuses on best teaching and learning practices through guided inquiry. View an introduction to the PYP here.

The IB Primary Years Programme is designed to help students meet international expectations of a learner. Students are taught to reflect and assess their role as learners using profile traits such as Inquirers, Thinkers, Communicators, Risk-takers, Knowledgeable, Principled, Caring, Open-minded, Well-balanced, and Reflective. These traits make up the PYP Learner Profile. Self-assessment of these traits are a part of the student’s portfolio. These qualities are considered in parent, teacher, and interview recommendations when students from outside our attendance area apply for the IB program at Sara Collins.

The curriculum framework at Sara Collins addresses South Carolina State standards and IB standards. Units of instruction are developed around attitudes, concepts, knowledge, skills, and action. Units of Inquiry and daily lessons incorporate as many of each of the attitudes, concepts, knowledge, and skills as possible.

View/Download the Sara Collins Elementary Program of Inquiry and Timeline of Units.

The skills taught in IBPYP are transdiciplinary. That is, they are skills needed in and across all disciplines. They are in fact the “Learning to Learn” skills necessary for life-long learning. Teachers at Sara Collins Elementary include these skills in their lesson plans and classroom activities. 
IB Transdisciplinary Skills include: Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Research Skills, and Self-Management Skills

Students not residing in the Sara Collins Elementary School attendance zone may apply to attend Sara Collins.
On November 1st of each year, applications are available for the following school year. Applications must be picked up in our school office.
Applications fully completed by mid-December are considered "Round 1" and are sent to the district office for consideration. Slots become available based on student enrollment. Notification of open slots is usually made by April 1st. Applications received after Round 1 applications are submitted are considered "Round 2". Round 2 applicants will be considered after all Round 1 applicants.

For more information on our IB Program contact Carrie Johnson, IB Coordinator at 355-3229 or

To learn more about the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) or search their directory of IB schools worldwide, visit the IBO website.