Mission Statement

Garden Hills Elementary School will develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are well-informed and respectful of others.

Vision Statement

To be a leading provider of the Primary Years Programme (PYP), preparing students for the intellectual challenges of further education, focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.




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.

-IB mission statement



 Garden Hills Elementary became an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in 2005 offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP). For students aged 3 to 12, the PYP focuses on:

  • the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

  •  the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.

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Transdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

One of the most significant and distinctive features of the IB Primary Years Programme are the six transdisciplinary themes. These themes provide IB World Schools with the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum and effectively allow students to “step up” beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.

  • Who we are: Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; person, 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: Inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives

  • How we express ourselves: 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: 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: 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: Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

The concept based unit planning process is a balance between five Essential Elements which are as follows:

  1. Knowledge: What do we want students to know about?

  2. Concepts: What do we want students to understand?

  3. Skills: What do we want students to be able to do?

  4. Attitudes: What do we want students to feel, value, and demonstrate?

  5. Action: How do we want students to act?

As an IB PYP school, we feel “to be truly educated, a student must also make connections across the disciplines, discover ways to integrate the separate subjects, and ultimately relate what they learn to life.”

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

*Information obtained from the International Baccalaureate website: www.ibo.org

Additional Links:

Schoolwide Essential Agreements: http://www.gardenhillselementary.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/DRAFT2-Schoolwide-Essential-Agreements.pdf

(En español) http://www.gardenhillselementary.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Schoolwide-Essential-AgreementsSPAN-1.pdf

GHES Language Policy: http://www.gardenhillselementary.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/GHES-language-policy.pdf

(En español) http://www.gardenhillselementary.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/18-19-GHES-Language-PolicySPAN.pdf

GHES Assessment Policy: http://www.gardenhillselementary.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/GHES-revised-assessment-policyFINAL.pdf

(En español) http://www.gardenhillselementary.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/GHESrevisedassessmentpolicy2SPAN.pdf

GHES Learning Diversity Policy (en español): http://www.gardenhillselementary.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/GHES-learning-diversity-policy-2013SPAN-1.pdf