International Baccalaureate

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) school. The IBO (International Baccalaureate Organisation) based in Geneva, Switzerland offers schools three programmes: the Diploma Programme for students in the final two years of secondary school, the Middle Years Programme for students aged 11 to 16, and the Primary Years Programme for students aged 3 to 12. La Quinta High School, John Glenn Middle School, and Amelia Earhart Elementary are currently authorized to offer the programme; Please note the correct European spellings of organisation and programme.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP), for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child, in the classroom but also in the world outside, through other environments where children learn. It offers a framework that meets children's several needs: academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural. It offers an opportunity for learners to construct meaning, principally through concept-driven inquiry. Traditional academic subjects are part of the programme but it emphasizes the interrelatedness of knowledge and skills through a transdisciplinary programme of inquiry.

For more information on our IB Program, please contact our school site IB Coordinator, Mrs. Chrissy Winchester at 760-238-9424 ext. 40103

Franklin Elementary is united with the International Baccalaureate (IB) community through a powerful mission, to create a better world through high quality, international education.

Our commitment to international education starts with a belief that the only way to appreciate someone else's culture is first to be confident in your own. The international-mindedness that permeates our programmes is about more than simply learning a second language. For example, in science, students might learn about access to clean water but also the impact on a developing country. Students learning about the history of their town or region might look at the broader context, of history and the effects of certain global events, and how these impact their local environment. An approach to education like this involves valuable community partners and unique opportunities for students. Some of our community partners are:

  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Betty Ford Center
  • Coachella Valley Rescue Mission
  • Coachella Valley Water District
  • The Living Desert
  • The McCallum Theatre
  • La Quinta Arts Foundation
  • The City of La Quinta

An IB education:

  • focuses on learners and the IB's student-centred programmes, promotes healthy relationships, ethical responsibility, and personal challenge.
  • helps students to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success.
  • works within global contexts and IB programmes increase understanding of languages, cultures, and explores globally significant ideas and issues.
  • explores significant content and offers a curriculum that is broad and balanced as well as conceptual and connected.

Opportunities @ Franklin:

  • Hands on learning in a meaningful context
  • Balanced experiences that include a focus on sports, health and wellness, and the Performing Arts/ Visual Arts
  • Student Government/Leadership
  • Full Time Counselor to train and support students in social/emotional intelligence.
  • Training of student ambassadors
  • Students trained in conflict resolution
  • Great Kindness Challenge
  • School Garden
  • Spanish Class for all students 2nd - 5th
  • Computer Lab
  • Opportunities to learn public speaking, collaborations skills,
  • Clubs: Maker Engineering Club, Cross Country, Choir, Cheer, Soccer, Football, Basketball, Battle of the Books, Robotics, Math Field Day, and more!



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