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SSD offers three levels of the IB: PYP, MYP and DP.  All three programs offer international-mindedness, the Learner Profile, action or service, inquiry-based teaching, and a variety of assessments to allow students to show what they know in their best learning style.  All three programs also have their unique characteristics. 

PYP (Primary Years Program - Pre-K through Grade 5) 

Currently, all elementary schools are authorized PYP schools.  Teachers collaborate on PYP planners for a guaranteed and viable curriculum.  PYP Attitudes guide staff in creating caring learners.  


MYP (Middle Years Program--Grades 6 through 10) 

Summit Middle and High Schools offer the Middle Year Programme to all of its students. Teachers use the Five Areas of Interaction to focus instruction into deep and applicable to the "real-world" learning.  Please contact Nanci Morse with questions regarding the SMS MYP Program and Doug Blake with questions regarding the SHS MYP Program.


Summit High School offers the Diploma Program (DP) to its juniors and seniors for those seeking either the full diploma or for those seeking certificates. Both certificate and diploma holders may earn college credit, depending upon their scores earned through both assignments and international exams in May. Diploma holders with scores no lower than a "4" can start in most Colorado universities as sophomores. 


Please contact Nanci Morse with questions regarding the SHS DP Programme.


The International Baccalaureate® (IB)  is more than its educational programmes and certificates. At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.


The IB: PYP, MYP, and DP


The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for pupils aged 3 to 12 focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.


The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16 provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.


The Diploma Programme for students aged 16 to 19 is a demanding two-year curriculum that meets the needs of highly motivated students and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world.


The International Baccalaureate® (IB) chooses to define "international education" according to the following criteria:

  • Developing citizens of the world in relation to culture, language and learning to live together
  • Building and reinforcing students' sense of identity and cultural awareness
  • Fostering students' recognition and development of universal human values
  • Stimulating curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning
  • Equipping students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas
  • Providing international content while responding to local requirements and interests
  • Encouraging diversity and flexibility in teaching methods
  • Providing appropriate forms of assessment and international benchmarking


PYPThe written curriculum

The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme is the six transdisciplinary themes.

These themes are about issues that are important to all of us. The programme offers a balance between learning about or through the subject areas and learning beyond them. The six themes of global significance create a transdisciplinary framework that allows students to "step up" beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.

  • 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

The taught curriculum

The six transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiries–in-depth investigations into important ideas, identified by the teachers, and requiring a high level of involvement on the part of the students. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.


The assessed curriculum

Assessment is an important part of each unit of inquiry as it both enhances learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know, understand and can do. The teacher's feedback to the students provides the guidance, the tools and the incentive for them to become more competent, more skillful and better at understanding how to learn.


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

The curriculum

The programme consists of eight subject groups integrated into five areas of interaction that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects. Students are required to study their mother tongue, a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts,
physical education, and technology. In the final year of the programme, students also engage in a personal project, which allows them to demonstrate the understandings and
skills they have developed throughout the programme.

An integral part of the IB MYP are the Areas of Interaction.  These are designed to teach students to recognize relationships between school subjects and the world outside of school by combining knowledge, experience, and critical observation. The five Areas of Interaction are not extra subjects but themes embedded within and across the different subjects. 

The Areas of Interaction focus on:

Approaches to Learning 
Learning how to learn, appreciating learning styles 

Community Service 
Contributing to those around us. 

Human Ingenuity 
(formerly known as Homo Faber.) 

Health and Social Education
Making informed choices for the body and mind in order to live up to the potential we all hold. 

Maintaining a fit world for today and our future generations


Assessment is criterion-related, so students around the world are measured against pre-specified criteria for each subject group. Teachers may modify these criteria to be age-appropriate in the earlier years of the programme. Teachers set assessment tasks that are assessed internally in the school. External checks (either moderation or monitoring of assessment by IB examiners) are carried out on this internal assessment to ensure worldwide consistency of standards. For schools that require official IB certification for their students, moderation is carried out every year.


The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The programme is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.

The curriculum

IB Diploma Programme students study six courses at higher level or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences, and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 5.

In addition, the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.CAS Guide (click here)


Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.

IB Authorizations

Please see the IB website for more information: 

Diploma Program


Summit High School
11th and 12th Grades
Authorized Summer 2005

Middle Years Program
Summit Middle & High Schools

6th through 10th Grades
Authorized Spring 2004

Primary Years Program

Breckenridge Elementary

Dillon Valley Elementary

Authorized Spring 2007

Summit Cove Elementary

Upper Blue Elementary
Authorized Spring 2010


Frisco Elementary

Silverthorne Elementary
Authorized Spring 2013