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300 Greenwich Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
Courier #: 349
P: 980-343-6720  |  F: 980-343-6739 
Principal: Alicia G. Hash
LC: Central 2
Bell Schedule: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grades: K-5
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International Baccalaureate


Click here to access a PDF Document of our Program of Inquiry  


Mission Statement of the International Baccalaureate®

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.

Mission Statement of Cotswold Elementary

Cotswold IB WorldSchool strives for students to become lifelong learners by actively pursing social and academic excellence in a rigorous curriculum and multicultural enironment. Students are encourged to be internationally minded and develop understanding, acceptance, and apprection of diversity.

Who are we?

We are IB® learners and strive to demonstrate the attributes of the IB® Learner Profile.  Teachers offer opportunities for students to be balanced, caring, communicators, knowledgeable, inquirers, open-minded, principled, reflective, risk-takers, and thinkers.  These attributes embody the mission statement of the International Baccalaureate® Organization and Cotswold Elementary.  We recognize students who demonstrate the Learner Profile on a daily basis in the classroom and Connect classes.  We also recognize students and staff each month for being an outstanding IB® Learner.

What will we learn?

There are essential elements of the IB® Primary Years Program, IB® PYP.  These are:  concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and action.

1.        Concepts are the big ideas that intersect all the subject areas and allow students to make connections.  These are the primary concepts we focus on in the  IB® PYP:

Form – What is it?

Function – How does it work?

Causation – Why is it like it is?

Change – How is it changing?

Connection – How is it connected to other things?

Perspective – What are the points of view?

Responsibility – What is our responsibility?

Reflection – How do we know?

2.        Knowledge includes the traditional subject areas taught through units of inquiry.  There are 36 units of inquiry as part of our school’s Programme of Inquiry – this is the curriculum based on 6 trans-disciplinary themes that cover the NC standard course of study and expand to include global issues appropriate for all students to understand anywhere in the world.

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

We teach through inquiry which develops questioning skills and includes wonderings, hypothesizing, problem solving, researching, and builds on children’s natural curiosities.

Foreign language is a required subject and all students attend Spanish class each week.  In the classrooms, student continue to build on their language, use Spanish vocabulary, and have opportunities to communicate in Spanish at special programs and on our student led school news program.

Click on link to see our school’s Programme of Inquiry

3.       Skills are what we want students to be able to do and incorporated within the units of inquiry.  They include:  thinking skills, social skills, communication skills, self-management skills, and research skills.

4.    Action: We teach students to be responsible citizens of the world by reflecting, choosing, and showing action.  It is the intent that students will show action, small or big, after participating in a unit of inquiry.  Some examples of student initiated action includes starting a compost at home, eating healthier, and searching for family homestead as a result of an inquiry started at school.

How will we know what we have learned?

We use a variety of assessment tools to measure student success, including student self-reflection, self-assessment, maintaining portfolios of work, along with student and teacher created rubrics and checklists, a variety of creative products, and tests.

IB® PYP Exhibition

This is the exit project for the final year of the PYP.  Students work in collaborative groups to conduct an open ended inquiry and research an issue of interest.  They present their findings at the exhibition each spring.

The PYP at Cotswold

All students participate in the IB® PYP at Cotswold and 6 units of inquiry each year.  If students choose to continue on to the MYP, Middle Years Program, foreign language, service, and inquiry based courses become requirements.  Students must be on or above grade level to continue on to the MYP.   

For an online copy of the General Guidelines: 

*Making the PYP Happen, IBO® 2012

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P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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