Minnesota's First K-12 IB World Schools District

  • South St. Paul Public Schools is the first district in Minnesota to be authorized by the IB programs serving students from kindergarten through grade 12. South St. Paul Public Schools has successfully administered the IB Diploma Program since 1986. In 2004, the School Board voted to adopt the IB Program district-wide (K-12). With the addition of the Primary Years Program (PYP grades K-5) and the Middle Years Program (MYP grades 6-10), South St. Paul Public Schools became the first school district in the State of Minnesota to have a comprehensive K-12 IB program. 

    The focus of the IB curriculum is cross-disciplinary and is based on the inquiry method of instructional practice. IB is not a gifted education program, but it does provide a model for high standards in education for all students. The PYP and MYP programs provide an educational framework based on what is currently known about how students learn and draw upon best practices for teaching and learning. Through the IB Program, all students are invited to discover for themselves that learning can be an exciting, challenging, and rewarding process of exploring the world around us.

    The IB Learner Profile is a collection of attributes that best describes the internationally-minded, lifelong learners we seek to develop through our three IB programs.  It is not intended to be a profile of the perfect student, but instead, a roadmap in pursuit of lifelong 21st Century learning.  Lifelong learning is the voluntary, lifelong, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.  The Learner Profile places the student at the heart of IB programs and focuses attention on the processes and the outcomes of learning.

    IB Primary Years Program (PYP)

    Designed for all students in grades K-5. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. Click here to learn more about the PYP at South St. Paul schools. 
     

    IB Middle Years Program (MYP)

    Serves all students in grades 6-10. It focuses on providing a framework for academic challenge and life skills. Click here to learn more about the MYP at South St. Paul schools. 


    IB Diploma Program (DP)

    A rigorous academic program for grade 11 and 12 students. It focuses on creativity, innovation, self-discipline and the ability to function as part of a team. The Diploma Program consists of a common pre-university curriculum and a common set of external exams for students in schools throughout the world. It seeks to provide students with an international education that encourages an understanding and appreciation of other cultures and societies. Click here to learn more about the DP at South St. Paul schools. 

     

    Contact Information

    PYP Coordinators (Grades K-5): 
    Ryan Higbea (Kaposia Education Center)
    (651) 288-6878 
    rhigbea@sspps.org

    Diane Tiffany (Lincoln Center Elementary)
    (651) 457-9426
    dtiffany@sspps.org

    MYP Coordinator (Grades 6-10)
    Melissa Miller
    (651) 552-5569
    mmiller@sspps.org 

    Diploma Program Coordinator (Grades 11-12)
    Conrad Anderson
    (651) 457-9454
    canderson@sspps.org