The Primary Years Programme at Carrollwood Day School focuses on the idea that students’ learning is based on experiences and prior knowledge. Therefore, structured inquiry is the most common method used in the classroom. Teachers structure learning experiences that ignite curiosity and have students search for knowledge and understandings. Students learn from local, national, and international examples and resources.
Carrollwood Day School is proud to have been the first school on the west coast of Florida to offer the PYP experience to our preschool and elementary students. We invite you to take a couple of minutes to see first hand how the programme sets up life-long learning for the youngest members of our community.
Teachers team together at each grade level with our PYP Coordinator to develop units of inquiry that provide significant, relevant and challenging learning experiences across the daily core academic subjects. Classroom teachers also collaborate with specialists in the arts, technology, physical education and library to enrich these experiences. Students are encouraged to reflect, to make informed choices and to take action that will help their peers, school, and the wider community.
Daily core academic subjects:
Language Arts- Making Meaning, Being a Reader, Being a Writer, Handwriting Without Tears
Social Studies- IB Units of inquiry
Science-IB Units of Inquiry, FOSS
Additional programs and enrichment – taught by specialized teachers:
The PYP Exhibition is a culminating event that students at all PYP schools in the world participate in during their final year in the Primary Years Programme. This comprehensive inquiry project is a great foundation for our 5th grade students as they advance to the IB Middle Years Programme in middle school next year.
The Exhibition is an opportunity for students, during their last year in elementary school, to apply their learning from the elementary years and to reflect on their journey through the Primary Years Programme. It is a long-term, student-driven inquiry project that engages learners in "identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real life issues or problems." Students have to apply research, organizational and higher-level thinking skills as they locate and analyze information and data to help them answer their "lines of inquiry." It is also important for the students to identify a form of positive action they can take as a result of the knowledge they have gained during the Exhibition process. Finally, students share what they have learned with our school community.
Supports and encourages effective teaching and learning.
Reflects intercultural dimensions of the programmes.
Determines the learners’ levels of understanding, using both formative and summative assessment.
Must meet the needs of students at particular ages and stages of development.
Principles of assessment:
Is key to planning, teaching, and learning.
Practices are clear to all members of the community [teachers, parents, and students].
There is a balance between formative and summative assessment.
There are opportunities for both peer and self-assessment.
There are opportunities for students to reflect on their own learning.
Before starting new learning, teachers assess students’ current knowledge and experience.
Teachers provide students with feedback for future learning.
Reporting to parents is meaningful.
Teachers will use a variety of assessment strategies and tools to provide feedback on the learning process.
Teachers will report assessment with report cards, parent-teacher conferences, student –led conferences, and anecdotal records.
In the PYP:
Authentic assessments will be used in conjunction with other forms of assessment such as standardized tests in order to assess the elements of the PYP (Knowledge, Concepts, Skills, and Action).
Teachers will assess the many ways students make use of their experiences.
Observations, rubrics, exemplars, anecdotal records, checklists, continuums, photographs, videos, and student portfolios will be used to record students’ responses and performances as a means of authentic assessment.
Digital Portfolio requirements: Our school philosophy is constructed around the understanding that the portfolios are utilized to show growth over time for students, teachers, and parents. We do believe that the main stakeholders are our students. Therefore, the portfolio consists mostly of student choices with reflections. The following is required to be uploaded into the portfolio: one piece of work from the six units of inquiry at the discretion of the student, one writing and one math sample at the discretion of the teacher along with one sample from Spanish, art, music, computer, science/Maker Lab music and physical education. PreK 3 and PreK 4 will include a sample from the four units of inquiry.
Background Knowledge Assessment will assess students’ prior knowledge of the unit being studied. Teachers will accommodate student’s knowledge by modification or accelerate content according to results.
Formative assessments will assess students' understanding of the learning goals and will drive the content of future lessons.
Summative assessments will assess the conceptual understandings within central ideas.
Student self-assessments will be reflective of their development of an understanding of the units of inquiry including the central idea, lines of inquiry, and learner profile. Students will focus on skill development and goal setting. Early years student assessment relies more on oral and visual communication rather than written.
Peer assessment will assess students’ learning process, understanding of concepts, and reflection of the learner profile development and approaches to learning.
Specific Assessment examples include:
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing First-5th grade
High Scope Assessments-Pre-Kindergarten 3, Pre-Kindergarten 4
As language is the key to all learning, all teachers at CDS are language teachers.
Language learning at CDS refers not only to the learning of a specific language, but it includes any and all activities which bring about learning. Through language, our students acquire the ability to think and to learn, to develop social skills and values, and to acquire knowledge.
Language skills are the key to inquiry.
Developing language means using a variety of sources, comprehending the material read, and making conclusions based on discoveries.
Students must develop strong written and oral communication skills.
CDS strives to create a welcoming environment for the educational needs of each student and ensure that all students are provided with the necessary support to achieve academic success and reach their full potential. This is achieved through collaboration, open communication, mutual respect, support, and problem-solving.
The academic policy is in alignment with the mission of Carrollwood Day School: The mission of Carrollwood Day School is to create entrepreneurial thinkers for a global society. We provide strong character-based education emphasizing problem-solving skills and philanthropic understanding. Our students are prepared to be world leaders using the International Baccalaureate Programmes, cutting-edge technology, creative arts, and competitive athletics. Most importantly, CDS fosters the development of the entire student not only in academics, but also ethically, emotionally, and through social experience. Our goal is to help students discover and develop their own talents and interests and use these to better the world and themselves.
The International Baccalaureate programmes aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. These publications introduce parents to the Primary Years Programme and how it provides the foundation for students to reach their full potential.
CDS willremain closed through Friday, September 30thto allow ample time for our campus facilities crew and our community responders to complete their clean-up work without interference, and to allow any of our Patriot families who evacuated to travel back to town safely when road conditions allow. This includes any after-school and athletic events.