International Baccalaureate


“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” (Making the PYP Happen: A Curriculum Framework for International Primary Education).

The International Baccalaureate Programme encourages students across the world to become “active compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right” (Making the PYP Happen).        

The goal of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is to develop learners who will become inquirers, thinkers, communicators, and risk- takers who are knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded and well-balanced.

The fundamental approach of this program is inquiry based; students will learn to ask and formulate answers to meaningful questions. Teachers develop units of inquiry that provide significant, relevant, and challenging learning experiences across their curriculum.

Teachers will assess students by developing different methods of assessment intended to gauge the desired outcome of learning throughout the school year.  

Trent InternationalE School is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme. The school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School.  IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Global Community Charter School believes is important for our students.

At Trent, we will begin implementing the PYP portion of the IB Programme this fall, with an integration of the MYP and the Diploma Programmes in the following years. As the students progress through the programs with a background in IB, they will learn new and innovative ways of problem solving, thinking, and creating. It is with this in mind that we will transition our curriculum for the betterment of our student body. 


*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Programme). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit