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International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Dover Vermont


Our International Baccalaureate School

At The Dover Elementary School, we support the International Baccalaureate philosophy that children are innately curious and creative, with the ability to think critically and reflect. The Primary Years Program provides a dynamic learning environment with consistent inquiry, discovery, and reflection opportunities, encouraging students to be open-minded and reflective. We support students in developing confidence and leadership skills, linking knowledge with life experiences, and making connections to the surrounding world that will inspire them to help create a better world.


What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program?

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP), for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on developing the whole child in the classroom and the world outside through other environments where children learn. It offers a framework that meets children’s academic, social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs. The program is a global leader in international education, developing inquiring, knowledgeable, confident, and caring young people. The program seeks to empower school-aged students to take ownership of their learning and develop future-ready skills to make a difference and thrive in an ever-changing world.


How does International Baccalaureate education benefit your student?

  • The IB program enables students to direct their learning pathway and develop the skills and confidence they need to thrive and make a lasting difference.
  • The Primary Years program supports depth of curriculum and concepts.
  • The program supports the process of thinking inspired by approaches to teaching and classroom discussion, giving tools to think critically and creatively independently.
  • IB students develop strong academic, social, and emotional characteristics.


Elements of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program focuses on six Transdisciplinary Units of Inquiry with themes that students investigate throughout the school year:

  1. Who We Are
  2. Where We Are in Place and Time
  3. How We Express Ourselves
  4. How We Organize Ourselves
  5. How the World Works
  6. Sharing the Planet


Five Essential Elements within the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program:

  1. Concepts: What ideas do we want students to explore?
  2. Skills: What do students need to succeed in a changing world?
  3. Knowledge: What significant relevant subjects matter do we want students to know?
  4. Attitudes: What fundamental values, feelings, and beliefs do we want students to have?
  5. Action: How do we want students to act?

Click for ore information about the IB Primary Years.


Ten Learner Profile Attributes help students gain international-mindedness and become responsible members of local, national, and global communities:

  1. Inquirers
  2. Open-minded
  3. Risk Takers
  4. Knowledgable
  5. Caring
  6. Thinkers
  7. Communicators
  8. Balanced
  9. Principled
  10. Reflective


Eight Key Concepts allow opportunities for deeper exploration:

  1. Form
  2. Function
  3. Causation
  4. Change
  5. Connection
  6. Perspective
  7. Responsibility
  8. Reflection


Twelve Attitudes of a Learner build a student's learner profile:

  1. Appreciation
  2. Commitment
  3. Confidence
  4. Cooperation
  5. Creativity
  6. Curiosity
  7. Empathy
  8. Enthusiasm
  9. Independence
  10. Integrity
  11. Respect
  12. Tolerance


The Dover School IB Pages

Vision & Mission Statement

Learner Profile Descriptors

IB Newsletters

Program of Inquiry

Monthly Classroom Feature

IB Procedures and Rules

IB Articles & Research


International Baccalaureate

If you would like to learn more about what an IB World School looks like, specifically the Primary Years Program, or if you have other questions about IB, please follow the link below.

IB Primary Years Program

Primary Years Program ~ Approaches to Learning

Thinking Skills ~ Social Skills ~ Communication Skills ~ Self-Management Skills ~ Research Skills


Contact our IB Coordinators for more information:

Crystal Griswold ~ [email protected]

Bridget Cole ~ b[email protected]