IB Program

International Baccalaureate

Primary Years (PYP) Program

International Baccalaureate

Fairmont Private School of Fresno is excited to announce that we are now a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP)
International Baccalaureate is an education system based on the whole child, to educate inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people both in school and in the world beyond, to help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Why IB - PYP at Fairmont?

  • The first five years of a child's life are the foundation that shapes the child's future health, happiness, growth, development, and learning achievement.
  • The PYP provides the framework for our students to dig deeper into concepts and make connections across the curriculum domains. 
  • The IB Primary Years Programme is a perfect fit for Fairmont: It provides us with a school-wide curriculum framework and blends well with our current teaching and learning methods. 
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Primary Years Programme (PYP)

  • The Primary Years Program focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in school and in the world beyond. It offers a transformative experience for students, teachers, and the whole school community.

  • It’s an approach to teaching and learning that engages students actively while encouraging them to think deeply and take action in their own lives.

  • Through this program, students become internationally-minded thinkers and inquirers who ask questions and seek answers with a global perspective. 

  • It fosters a love for learning by nurturing the student’s natural curiosity.

We are committed to improving the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision.

How Will We learn?

 We will use inquiry, which includes research, wondering, questioning, experimenting, developing curiosity, and much more. Our Programme of Inquiry is organized around six transdisciplinary themes.
Each theme incorporates language and literacy, readiness and writing, numbers and math, science and social studies, social-emotional and physical development.
The curriculum is an inquiry-based program that empowers students to take action to create a better, more peaceful world.

Who We Are

Where We Are in Place and Time

Where We Are in Place and Time

How the World Works

How the World Works

Sharing the Planet

How We Organize Ourselves

How We Express Ourselves

The Learner Profile

Provides a long-term vision of education.  It is a set  of ideals that can inspire, motivate  and focus the work of schools and  teachers, uniting them in a  common purpose. They are a set of  human capacities and responsibilities  that go beyond academic success. 

We believe these 10 attributes, and others like them can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local,  national, and global communities. 

By developing the attributes of the IB learner profile, students also learn how to demonstrate respect for themselves and others, developing international-mindedness by working with others for a shared purpose, and taking positive action for change.

We'll teach them the importance of communicating clearly with others, to really listen when others speak.


Encouraging children to try new things, exposing them to festivals, and traditions in a non-judgemental way, and really listening to how people speak.

Open Minded

Encourage your child to try to think of solutions to problems. Ask them when they are working on a problem: Do you have any ideas about how we can begin? How can we do this differently? 


Play age-appropriate trivia games  
Read to your child at a reading level a  bit higher than their reading level, from a broad range of topics, visit museums, zoos, etc. 


Promote perseverance, inventiveness, and data collection skills: don’t help too soon – let your child try to figure out problems on their own.  Where can we find out more about that? 


Point out to your child when you have noticed them helping others without being asked, using kind words, thinking of others,  and doing nice things for others &/or the environment.


 Discuss healthy choices with and teach them the food groups and what a  balanced meal is made up of.  Emphasize the importance of exercise and  staying active


When your child is feeling uneasy about trying something new encourage them to attempt it and then reflect on the experience: What was hard or easy? How did they work to do it? What could they try next time? 


After an experience ask your child what went well, what they liked the most, and to think of what will allow them to perform better next time. What new strategies they need to adopt, what new learning they need.


Let your child decide the rules for a game and then ensure that they stick to them.   Encourage them to play team games, and discuss the qualities of a team player.  Being a gracious loser is just as important as being a good winner.


Fairmont Private School of Fresno is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

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