• Frequently Asked Questions 

    How do I get my child into the Primary Years Program?

    Thomas Kelly is an inclusive, neighborhood school.  All students at our school receive an IB education. There are no qualifying exams.  Please visit the San Juan Central website for information on Open Enrollment and inter-district transfers.

    What is different about the Primary Years Program?

    International Baccalaureate emphasizes a global perspective on learning. Rather than learning fact by fact, students learn the deeper concepts that universally connect all academic subjects. Our character education program is another important part of the program. We believe it is essential to demonstrate study skills and social attitudes which lead to excellence both in and outside the classroom. Our 5 Essential Elements are: IB Concepts, Skills, Knowledge, Themes and Action. We encourage students to become peaceful leaders in school and in the world based on their learning. Our teachers and administration work collaboratively to write curriculum, incorporating all academic subjects with this social learning as well. For more on the IB Learner Profile (social skills) and 5 essential elements, please see www.ibo.org/pyp.


    Do you teach with district textbooks?

    Yes. We use the district adopted curriculum. These materials reinforce our IB Curriculum, known as the Program of Inquiry

    Do you teach reading and writing?

    Yes. Our Program of Inquiry incorporates all academic subjects under the 6 IB transdisciplinary themes.

    How can I help out at school?

    Thomas Kelly hosts IB Parent Nights and family events frequently throughout the year. Volunteers are also welcome in classrooms, on field trips and at events. Check our website for upcoming family events or ask in the front office about volunteering. We also have an active PTA who welcomes participants. 

    Please visit Thomas Kelly Elementary School's website to learn more about the PYP program. 


Last Modified on August 12, 2019