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International Bacclaureate PYP World School

What does It Mean to Be an IB School?

Sequoia Elementary is proud to carry the designation as an International Baccalaureate PYP World School in Pleasant Hill, CA. Sequoia teachers and staff have successfully completed an intensive, globally consistent process that enables us to deliver an outstanding IB education. 

As an IB PYP World School, students have distinct advantages by building their critical thinking skills, nurturing their curiosity and their ability to solve complex problems. This unique program encourages students to “learn how to learn” by participating in structured inquiry that is influenced by the six transdisciplinary themes of global significance:

  • 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


As an IB PYP World School, Sequoia Elementary offers a rigorous comprehensive curriculum encouraging students' curiosity and inquiry with a focus on international mindedness. 

Our students use The Learner Profile Traits above, such as open-minded and reflective, to explore and understand the standards-based curriculum.

The IB Continuum About the Primary Years Programme

The IB Learner Profiles


What is IB?

IB is international-mindedness. IB is learning through inquiry. IB is action toward a better world. The ideals of IB are expressed through the Learner Profile - qualities of a learner that address the development of the whole child

What does PYP mean?

PYP stands for Primary Years Program. 

The three main components of the PYP are:

Inquiry-based instruction:

Teachers develop trans-disciplinary units based on themes that reflect essential knowledge and that encourage students to ask questions and become architects of their own learning. We want our students to connect what they learn to real-life situations and have opportunities to work together to meet real challenges.

Becoming internationally minded:

Students in the Primary Years Program develop the attributes of a learner that will work effectively anywhere in the world. We want our students to be open to other perspectives and communicate in more than one language.


Students create opportunities based on what they have learned to be of service to their community and to make a positive difference toward a better world.