How to become a PYP school?

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

The PYP is found in a wide range of contexts around the world. Its design is adaptable to meet the needs of learners in their local context, and can align with local, state or national curricula.

Any school interested in offering the PYP must first complete an authorization process to become an IB World School. During this process, the IB supports schools in building the understanding and organizational structures needed to implement the PYP as well as other IB programmes. 

Is your school interested in becoming an IB World School? Please submit our online form to receive more information about how to become an IB World School.


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Implementing the PYP during the authorization process

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

Schools who offer the PYP use the curriculum framework in conjunction with the Programme Standards and Practices (PSP) framework to guide its implementation and meet the quality standard of a PYP.  

Find out more about how the PYP works here.

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