Who can offer the PYP?

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is offered by many types of schools around the world, including state schools, private schools and international schools.

As a flexible curriculum framework, the PYP is able to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums.

Curriculum content can be taught very successfully through the programme’s inquiry and concept driven approach to learning. Schools that are required to meet national standards can do so through the PYP. 

Find further information on how the IB’s programmes have been used as national or district curricula, or alongside them.

The PYP in practice

Hear from students and teachers at Sreenidhi International School, Hyderabad, about how taking on the PYP transformed their learning community.

What’s the process for implementing the PYP?

Any school teaching students aged 3 to 12 can apply to implement the Primary Years Programme and become an IB World School.

Interested schools must successfully complete an authorization process. During this process, the IB supports schools in building the understanding and organizational structures it will need to implement IB’s internationally minded programmes.

Read about the authorization process for the PYP.

Must a school be fully authorized to implement the PYP?

In order to implement the PYP, a school must have begun the process of authorization as an IB World School.

A school can begin to implement the PYP before it is fully authorized – but it must have completed the initial application process.

Once the first part of a school’s application has been accepted, the school is awarded candidate status.

At this point, it can begin to implement the PYP. The school will then work towards becoming an authorized IB World School, according to the steps outlined in the PYP authorization process.

Read about the benefits of becoming authorized as an IB World School.