International Baccalaureate Candidate School

Whittier Elementary is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP).* PYP stands for Primary Years Programme . Whittier is pursuing IB PYP authorization for grades kindergarten—3rd ( as well as 4th-5th at Wainwright). Wainwright will also be pursuing MYP (Middle Years Programme) authorization for grades 6th—8th. PYP and MYP are fully inclusive programmes where all students participate in the IB curricula.  

What Is International Baccalaureate?

International Baccalaureate, also referred to as IB, is a not-for-profit educational foundation. 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. 

IB’s Mission Statement 

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. 

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. 

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. 

During the candidate phase, Whittier takes actions necessary to fulfill the IB requirements for authorization. Some of these actions include; developing international minded students, initiating World Language instruction (Spanish), creating & teaching units of instruction that emphasize inquiry-based learning and helping learners strive to be: 

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

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit​ 

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.