Elementary School

On any given day in Daystar's Primary Years Program, you are likely to see students outside doing math stations with chalk while another class is tracing themselves out on large pieces of paper, getting ready to fill in their outline with the skeletal system. Still another class is just a few minutes away at the Museum of Science and Industry understanding weather patterns in action. ​

Each one of these classes demonstrates how as an IB (International Baccalaureate) candidate program, each day Kindergarten through 5th grade students are learning how to be global learners. Teachers use the IB framework to develop learning experiences, ensuring the development of each student at the level they need. What makes Daystar Kindergarten through fifth grade students different, is that the lens of faith, through which students learn to view the world around them, results in global citizens whose desire to learn for purpose of caring for the people and communities around them. 

How To ApplY

PYP Resources:

 Primary Years Program Student Handbook

Primary Years Program Units of inquiry overview




About the IB Primary years program

​The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3 - 12 nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

Through its inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the PYP challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.

Taken from the International Baccalaureate website. 

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About the PYP Program

Primary Years Program Topics of Inquiry

In Daystar's Primary Years Program, learning is broken up into topics of inquiry. Beginning in Pre-K and continuing until 5th grade, all units of study fall under these six topics, creating a cohesive framework that builds each academic year. 

Who We Are

Who we are:

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Where We Are In Place And Time

Where we are in place and time:

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

How We Express Ourselves

How We express ourselves:

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

How The World Works

How The world works:

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How We Organize Ourselves

how we organize ourselves:

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Sharing The Planet

Sharing The planet:

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

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