Our Junior School provides a welcoming, nurturing environment (Kindergarten to Grade 5) in which young minds are actively engaged and motivated to learn. In the Primary Years Programme (PYP) a balance is sought between the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the demonstration of positive attitudes, and the importance of taking responsible action. In this way, the focus of the Junior School is on the growth of the whole child, encompassing not only the academic needs of the students, but also their social, emotional, physical and cultural development.
Southpointe Academy is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP school. The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. The inquiry-based nature of the PYP encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning. Students are encouraged to demonstrate agency (voice, choice, ownership) through inquiry, making predictions and testing their beliefs and assumptions. They seek out information and collaborate with others in interpreting their findings; they elaborate on ideas and delve deeper into problems, and in so doing, create and evaluate solutions. Students in the PYP gain a unique understanding of their world by learning to take action in improving it. They consider their common humanity, recognize their shared guardianship of the planet, and strive to create a better and more peaceful existence for all.
The PYP provides Southpointe teachers with a framework, in accordance with the British Columbia Curriculum, through which they can offer a truly student-centered, inquiry-based curriculum. It provides guidelines not only on what students should learn, but also how they should learn. The result is a relevant, engaging and challenging framework for all students that inspires them to learn, lead, and succeed.