Personal Social Education

Our school philosophy reflects the importance of personal and social growth in each student. The area of personal and social development is considered as an essential part of the elementary school curriculum. The school believes that students who feel good about themselves and have positive relationships with others achieve more and are successful both in and out of school. The basic themes of the personal and social education are self-esteem, respect for self and others, intra- and inter-personal skills, health and safety, and responsibility for one's actions.


The goals of personal social education are for students to get to know themselves, feel good about themselves, be able to communicate effectively with others, and to be able to make choices in accordance with the school values:

  • We are mindful of the needs and rights of others.
  • We are honest in our dealings.
  • We are peaceful in our intentions.
  • We are responsible in our actions.
  • We are supportive of each other.

Through the personal social education experiences provided, students will be involved in the following:

  • Explore ways of becoming successful learners.
  • Inquire into cultural values, and ways to interact effectively with others and the environment.
  • Inquire into issues of positive self- awareness, health, and training in basic life management such as communications, problem-solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution.

The following themes are introduced and/or reinforced in each grade level:

  • IB Learner Profile
  • PYP Attitudes
  • Transitions
  • Feelings
  • Self Acceptance
  • Friendship
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Bullying
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Healthy Choices

This curriculum is implemented through PYP Units of Inquiry as well as stand-alone units. The School Counselor visits each class during the year to teach lessons on various topics. Additionally, classroom teachers and specialist teachers work with topics as they arise through the school year. Topics are also highlighted at assemblies.