IB Educational Philosophy & Curriculum

Ensuring High Academic Achievement for All If you want your child to be an educated, globally-minded citizen, Brown’s unique elementary education blends the best of two learning models to maximize your child’s total potential. In order to ensure high academic achievement for all students at Brown, teachers instruct with a research-based core curriculum in reading, writing and math to ensure that students are challenged academically, and, if necessary, to receive interventions for subject mastery. Teachers monitor the progress of students on a regular basis, differentiating instruction to support all students’ learning. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme In addition to learning through Brown’s research-based curricula, your child will begin the in-depth journey into the transdisciplinary International Baccalaureate Organization’s Primary Years Programme. This inquiry-based program is for learners ages 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside, touching hearts as well as minds, and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development. As an IB World School, Brown is part of an international organization that offers high-quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. IB’s programs help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Brown is one of fewer than 500 schools worldwide to be an authorized IB World School in the Primary Years Programme. See our current IB designation. The cornerstone of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) rests on the value of lifelong learning. Two essential concepts support this value: the learner profile and the IB attitudes. The Learner Profile The Learner Profile recognizes the whole student as a lifelong learner by being:

  • Inquirers,
  • Thinkers,
  • Communicators,
  • Risk-takers,
  • Knowledgeable,
  • Principled,
  • Caring,
  • Open-minded,
  • Balanced and
  • Reflective.

Students and teachers share the responsibility for establishing “essential agreements,” a pact for learning with respect and cooperation. The learner profile attributes are assessed on report cards three times per year to ensure students are responsible for understanding these philosophies. The IB Attitudes The IB Attitudes include:

  • Appreciation,
  • Commitment,
  • Confidence,
  • Cooperation,
  • Creativity,
  • Curiosity,
  • Empathy,
  • Enthusiasm,
  • Independence,
  • Integrity,
  • Respect and
  • Tolerance.

Students are highly engaged with and understand the IB attitudes, demonstrating them in their daily lives. In a first grade lesson, students were asked to alphabetize the IB attitudes, reflect and explain what they are, and write a sentence about their favorite one. Tomas said: “I put a lot of commitment in my work.” Victoria reflected that “Integrity is being honest.” Belen explained that “Empathy is a good way to show that you care when someone is hurt. Shaina said “I like creativity because I can express myself” and Jesse likes “cooperation because I like to work together.” Active practice of the IB Attitudes generates a positive classroom atmosphere, mutual respect between teachers and students, and understanding of how to create a solid learning community. Learn more about our students and how they demonstrate the IB attitudes in their daily lives.


Academic Framework Brown makes deliberate, research-based curriculum choices to ensure that all students receive instruction aligned with their needs and abilities. Brown utiliizes the Benchmark and Expeditionary Learning Curricula for literacy instruction and Bridges curriculum for math instruction.The IB Units of Inquiry incorporate Colorado State Standards in the content areas of science, history, geography as well as the Common Core standards for literacy.


Education for All

Gifted and Talented and Special Education programs are available to children as their individual needs are identified. You can reading Brown International School’s Inclusion Policy to learn about our school’s philosophy and approach to supporting all learners.

In addition at Brown International, we believe language is central to intellectual, social and emotional development. It is our belief that children who speak more than one language are internationally-minded and better prepared for life in our global community. Our goals are to honor and support the development of mother tongue languages and to facilitate multilingual language development. We focus on the transdisciplinary nature of language learning by teaching language through content. All students study language through English immersion regardless of their mother tongue. Please read Brown International School’s Language Policy to learn more about language instruction at our school.

More on IB Here are a few additional resources with rich information on IB:

Specifically for parents: IB Information for Parents