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Learning 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

Sierra Elementary School

Rocklin Unified School District

2615 Sierra Meadows Drive Rocklin, CA 95677 916.624.2428

The curriculum framework is further structured around three interrelated questions. What do we want to learn? The written curriculum. How best will we learn? The taught curriculum. How will we know what we have learned? The learned curriculum.

RUSD Board of Education Todd Lowell Greg Daily Camille Maben Wendy Lang Steve Paul

Candidate Status


International Baccalaureate Students are:

Inquirers Knowledgeable Thinkers Communicators Principled Open-minded Caring Risk-takers Balanced Reflective

Kevin Brown, Superintendent Paul Carras, Deputy Superintendent Carolyn Lum, Director of Elementary Education Robert Capp, Principal Cynthia Brown, PYP Coordinator

Sierra Elementary School 6811 Camborne Way Rocklin, CA 95677 916.788.7141 - v 916.788.7161 f http://ses.rocklin.k12.ca.us Sierra Elementary will provide inquiry based learning in a safe supportive environment where a highly qualified staff develops critical thinkers who are reflective, compassionate and internationally minded life-long learners who create positive influences throughout the world.

Sierra Elementary School

Rocklin Unified School District

International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

Offering an innovative, high quality and rigorous international educational program in South Placer County The first and only school in Placer County and the Sacramento area that will offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme for all of its students.

Primary Years Programme at a glance

What is the Primary Years Programme (PYP)?
It is a transdisciplinary programme of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child.

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development. The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children. The PYP is one of three programmes offered by the International Baccalaureate (IB).

How are students assessed?

Teachers assess students by selecting or designing methods of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes they intend to capture. Teachers also take into account the diverse, complicated and sophisticated ways that individual students use to develop and demonstrate their understanding. The prime objective of assessing students learning and performance is to give feedback to: Studentsto encourage the start of lifelong learning Teachersto support their reflection on what to teach and how to teach it Parentsto highlight their childs learning and development.

Quality assurance and professional development

Any school wishing to offer the Primary Years Programme and attain IB World School status must first go through the authorization process. The requirements for authorization are the same for all schools, even though the process is administered slightly differently in each IB region. The process is designed to ensure schools are well prepared to implement the programme successfully. This is a challenging programme that demands the best from both motivated students and teachers. Schools can access an extensive package of IB professional development for teachers and administrators and commit to ongoing professional development. Teams from the organization visit IB World Schools from time to time in order to support an ongoing process of review and development, using standards and practices that apply to all IB World Schools. IB teachers are challenged to constantly reflect upon and improve their practice. All teachers in IB World Schools have access to the online curriculum centre, which provides programme documentation, examples of student work, and also acts as the hub of an international online community. Teachers can talk to other teachers in IB World Schools around the world, give and receive advice, and post their own example resources for other teachers to share.

For more information http://www.ibo.org