IB at Pulaski

  • Pulaski International School of Chicago is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) IB World School.


    IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision.


  • Primary Years Programme (PYP)

    PreK - 5th Grades
    About PYP

    The IB Primary Years Program is for all students in grades PreK-5.  It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, touching hearts as well as minds and addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs as well as academic ones. The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children.

  • Pulaski’s PYP Program of Inquiry

    The POI is an overview of the scope, sequence, and depth of student learning from PreK through fifth grade. The POI documents the central idea, lines of inquiry, key concepts, and related concepts of each of the six PYP transdisciplinary themes. At the end of each school year, the PYP staff meets to reflect on the POI and their transdisciplinary units of study and agree upon any changes that need to be made to better align and support student learning at each programme year.

    Who we are

    Where we are in time and place

    How we express ourselves

    How the world works

    How we organize ourselves

    Sharing the planet


  • PYP Exhibition

    In the final year of the PYP, students take part in the PYP exhibition. The exhibition is an authentic process for students to explore, document and share their understanding of an issue or opportunity of personal significance. The whole learning community shares and celebrates this culminating event in the journey students have experienced through their PYP years.

  • Middle Years Programme (MYP)

    6th - 8th Grades
    About MYP

    The IB Middle Years Programme, for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenges that encourage students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.

  • MYP Community and Service Projects

    8th Grade Community Project

    The Grade 8 Community Project is a culminating activity for students to complete in Year Three (8th grade) of the MYP Program at Pulaski International School of Chicago. Since Pulaski has been authorized to offer the program in three years and not partner with a high school, the IBO requires a community project for 8th graders.

    The community project focuses on community and service and gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning. As a consolidation of learning, the community project engages in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community. The community project is completed individually or in groups with a maximum of three students. The choice of the topic for the project is made in consultation with an IB teacher who has the responsibility for supervising the development of the project according to the Assessment Criteria (included in attached guide) which is based on International Baccalaureate Organization guidelines.

    The aims of MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to:

    • participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
    • generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
    • demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
    • communicate effectively in a variety of situations
    • demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
    • appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments

    While this project is a bit undertaking for our 8th graders, we are confident the rewards will be even greater. Both for our students and the Pulaski community, whose needs are being addressed.

  • Pulaski IB in Action

    IB in the Classroom
  • What is the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)?

    It is a non‐profit educational foundation established in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. The IBO offers three programmes of international education for students aged 3‐19 years old:

    Currently there are 651,000 IB students and 2,390 authorized schools in 129 countries.

    The IBO provides curriculum and assessment development, teacher education, information sessions, electronic networking and other educational services to IB schools.

  • The IB PYP Curriculum Framework

    The IB PYP Curriculum Framework is organized by the six transdisciplinary themes, which drive conceptual and contextual learning for PYP students as they engage in units of inquiry that help them develop a global perspective and international-mindedness. The PYP offers a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based and student-centered education with responsible action at its core, enabling students to learn between, across and beyond traditional subject boundaries. Click here to learn more about the PYP Programme curriculum.

  • PYP General Regulations

    IB Regulations apply to those schools that have been authorized as IB World Schools that offer the PYP and is intended for schools, students, and their legal guardians. 

  • The IB MYP Curriculum Framework

    The IB MYP Curriculum Framework comprises eight subject groups. Click here to learn more about the MYP Subject Groups and their descriptions.