Mullen Elementary School is a candidate school* for the PYP. 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.

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

What is the Primary Years Programme?
The primary years programme is a program for learners aged up to 12 years offered under the sponsorship of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).  

Who may participate in the Primary Years Programmes?
Students who attend one of the designated schools are included in the program in that school.  Students may also transfer to one of the designated elementary schools for the program.  

What subjects does a student study in the Primary Years Programme?
As in all Prince William County Public Schools, students will follow the Standards of Learning of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the PWCS curriculum.  Students study the following subject areas in the Primary Years Programme:
*Language: Language Arts and Foreign Language 
*Social Studies
*Science and Technology
*Personal, Social, and Physical Education

What other IB Programmes are offered in PWCS?
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) serves students in grades 6-10.  The programme is offered at Hampton MS, Beville MS, and Stonewall MS. As well as Gar-Field HS and Stonewall Jackson HS.  The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program serves students in grades 11-12 and is offered at Gar-Field HS and Stonewall Jackson HS.  The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme is designed for students aged 16-19.  This programme is also offered at Gar-Field HS and Stonewall Jackson HS.  
How are all Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programme similar?
The three programs, IBPYP, IBMYP, and IB Diploma Programme develop student learning in specific subject areas.  All three programmes also have themes or concepts that help students connect ideas across subject areas.  Finally, all three programs involve student terms of student responsibility to themselves and their communities indicated in the IB Learner Profile.

Check out the videos and articles below for more information about the PYP.  

Overview-IB Primary Years Programme
What Does Inquiry in the PYP Look Like?
Let's Talk About PYP
What Does it Mean to be an Inquiry Teacher?
Parent's Perspective about the International Baccalaureate

What is International Baccalaureate?
Parents: Why We Chose an IB World School