Primary Years Program (3K - Grade 5)

Through the Primary Years Program (PYP), we’re building critical thinkers from a very young age. Our students become globally-minded children able to think conceptually and to connect disparate information to effectively solve complex problems—and to do so collaboratively with individuals from different cultures and world views.

Structured around six transdisciplinary themes, the Primary Years Program (PYP) is an international, concept-driven program that fosters the development of the whole child, encompassing his or her academic, social, emotional and physical well-being.

The program ultimately aims to instill in students the essential elements—the attitudes, concepts, knowledge, skills and action—that create caring global citizens positioned for success in the Middle Years and Diploma Programs as well as in college and their chosen professions.

Core Principles

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  • Transdisciplinary

    Students learn concepts and issues across all disciplines and are able to make connections between them. They’re also able to apply what they’ve learned to their own lives, as teachers pull real-world issues (local and global) into the classroom.
  • Inquiry-Driven and Constructivist

    Our teachers impart knowledge through guiding open-ended inquiry directed by students themselves. Students ask questions, making sense of the world around them. They explore their own thinking and that of other students, and learn to negotiate and compromise with others when their thinking differs.
  • Action-Oriented

    Students are encouraged to take action on their learning—and this action can come in the form of doing or just thinking or feeling differently about something.
  • Reflective

    The PYP incorporates reflection, time for students to think about their work, to think about what they learned, what they did well and what they could have done differently. Through this reflection comes growth as well as the ability to handle feedback. 

    Our teachers also reflect and continually think about how to improve and optimize the curriculum to meet each individual student’s needs.

The PYP curriculum is engaging, relevant, challenging and rigorous —  as well as being transdisciplinary — focusing on issues that cross subject areas.

  • Language

  • Art    

  • Mathematics

  • Music
  • Science

  • Physical Education

  • Social Studies

  • Personal Social Education

The culminating experience of the Primary School is the Grade 5 Exhibition, during which students demonstrate what they’ve learned. For the Exhibition, students work collaboratively in groups to select, research, develop, present and take action on a real life issue of their choosing.

For more information, or further documents pertaining to the Primary School curriculum, please contact Leonie Ley-Mitchell, PS Curriculum (IB PYP) Coordinator, at 404-841-3860 or

IB Coordinator

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    Leonie Ley-Mitchell 

    IB Primary Years Program Coordinator
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IB Learner Profile

Units of Inquiry 3K - Grade 5

The following video and galleries depict the PYP's six transdisciplinary themes, or units of inquiry, in which students engage to make sense of the world around them.

Math instruction in the PYP years at AIS

Atlanta International School

A private, non-profit, international, IB World School for grades 3K-12, featuring full and dual-immersion language programs.

2890 North Fulton Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30305, USA