South Ridge Elementary is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school. While many are familiar with the IB program at Douglas County High School, The Diploma Program (DP), the Primary Years Programme (PYP) might be new to you. Both programs share a common philosophy, although the program at DCHS is a within-a-school model. In other words, not all students participate in the program. The elementary program is inclusive of all our students, kindergarten through sixth grade.
A driving force behind the PYP is a philosophy of international education. This education values opportunities for students to learn about the world around them. Furthermore, students are provided with opportunities to build meaning and refine understanding through structured inquiry.
The IB program aims to develop "inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect." This is the mission of the IB program, and it translates into a set of learning outcomes referred to as the IB Learner Profile. The ten attributes of the Learner Profile express the values of an IB education, a set of ideals toward which both students and adults can strive. The Learner Profile states that all IB learners strive to be: caring, principled, balanced, reflective, inquirers, open-minded, risk-takers, communicators, knowledgeable, and thinkers.