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2520 Huntingtowne Farms Lane
Charlotte, NC 28210
Courier #: 422
P: 980-343-3625  |  F: 980-343-3731 
Principal: Jessica J. Rivas
LC: Southwest
Bell Schedule: 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Grades: PreK-5
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International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB/PYP)


Learn more about IB below:

The International Baccalaureate Organization (Website)

 About IB

What is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme?


The elementary IB programme has been built on the idea that students

can master advanced academic skills if they learn to develop

strong study habits and a love of learning at an early age. 


Learning in the elementary IB programme is focused on themes,

multicultural issues, mastery of essential skills and challenging work for all. 

Students learn to be active citizens and study a foreign language

throughout the entire K-12 IB programme.


Special Features of the Elementary IB


Emphasis on speaking a foreign language in the primary years

Opportunities for accelerated curriculum in writing and speaking

Emphasis on community awareness and service projects

Opportunities for accelerated curriculum in mathematics

Opportunity to develop study skills and introduction

to time management strategies

Greater focus on becoming an independent learner 

able to research and develop projects

Development of a strong academic foundation in all subject areas


The Primary Years Programme of Inquiry Organizing Themes


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



Primary Years Programme schools develop students who are...














CMS schools earn national magnet recognition Magnet Schools of America gives merit awards for excellence to 21 schools

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 23, 2020 — Twenty-one schools with magnet programs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have won national recognition for their specialized programs. Five schools earned the highest designation as a School of Excellence from the national organization Magnet Schools of America. Sixteen others were named Schools of Distinction.

“Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is proud to have such a range of magnet programs for our students,” said Earnest Winston, superintendent. “These recognitions also speak to the hard work of our teachers. I am grateful to them for how they serve students every day.”

The awards, given each year, go to schools that show a strong commitment to academic standards, demonstrate curriculum innovation and have diversity in enrollment.

In addition to academics, curriculum and diversity, the schools are also judged on community partnerships and parent involvement. To be considered, a school must submit a detailed application, which is scored by a panel of educators.

The five schools winning the School of Excellence award were Albemarle Road Middle, Huntingtowne Farms Elementary, Idlewild Elementary, Park Road Montessori and Piedmont IB Middle.
“We feel proud and honored to be recognized as part of an elite group of magnet schools,” said Brittany Maxwell, principal at Huntingtowne Farms. “Our students and staff have worked extremely hard to provide quality IB instruction for all of our students. Every day we see the success of our magnet program.”

The 16 schools recognized as Schools of Distinction were Blythe Elementary, Cotswold Elementary, East Mecklenburg High, Elizabeth Traditional Elementary, Highland Mill Montessori, Irwin Academic Center, J.M. Alexander Middle, Kennedy Middle, Mallard Creek Elementary, McClintock Middle, North Mecklenburg High, Northwest School of the Arts, Paw Creek Elementary, Shamrock Gardens Elementary, Tuckaseegee Elementary and Winget Park Elementary.

The schools will be formally recognized during an awards ceremony at Magnet Schools of America's national conference in Clark County, Nev., in April. To learn more about Magnet Schools of America, click here.

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Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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