• Dear Hartsfield Family,

    We are so glad you chose Hartsfield Magnet School for International Studies for your child’s elementary education journey! Hartsfield is a candidate for the IB Primary Years Programme Authorization. Here we’ve provided you with information about our school’s academic initiatives.

    Our Mission:

    Hartsfield Magnet is a diverse School Family that embraces change. We are committed to providing a rigorous and equitable educational experience. It is our responsibility to produce students who are agents for their learning and are safe to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. To this end, we seek to facilitate an inquiry-based instructional delivery model that encourages collaboration and problem-solving. We promote international mindedness by developing the ability to connect with others in the interest of acting with compassion and serving the global community.

    What is different about an IB PYP School?

    What makes PYP schools unique is "how" students are taught, versus "what" students are taught. IB PYP schools strive to develop internationally-minded learners who are able to understand themselves and others, fostering the attributes necessary to thrive within a global society. The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an engaged inquirer, demonstrating agency (ownership) for their learning both in and outside of the classroom. In the PYP classroom, learning is concept based rather than topic based, taking place through a transdisciplinary lens. PYP Teachers also teach students multiple Approaches to Learning (ATLs), so that learners are equipped with the skills essential to becoming lifelong learners. The ATLs are listed below.

    Approaches to Learning:

    • Social Skills - Developing positive interpersonal relationships and collaboration skills. Developing social-emotional intelligence.
    • Research Skills - Information Literacy Skills, Media Literacy Skills, Ethical Use of Media Information.
    • Thinking Skills - Critical-Thinking Skills, Creative Thinking Skills, Transfer skills, Reflection/Metacognitive skills.
    • Communication Skills - Exchanging Information Skills, Literacy Skills, ICT Skills
    • Self Management Skills - Organization Skills, States of Mind

    The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

    As an IB learner, your child will strive to exhibit the following Learner Profile Attributes:

    • Inquirers
    • Knowledgeable
    • Thinkers
    • Communicators
    • Principled
    • Open-Minded
    • Caring
    • Risk-Takers
    • Balanced
    • Reflection

    This year, your child’s grade level will be implementing six Units of Inquiry that fall under the following Transdisciplinary Themes (with the exception of PreK and K who will implement four units).

    • Who We Are
    • How We Express Ourselves
    • Where We Are in Place and Time
    • How the World Works
    • How We Organize Ourselves
    • Sharing the Planet

    The IB is committed to making sure that students in IB programmes meet and exceed state standards. With the implementation of the Primary Years Programme, we are ensuring that the curriculum is aligned to the B.E.S.T. standards that guide instruction in Florida schools.Look for information for your child’s specific grade level to come home soon. We are on the trajectory for authorization in Spring 2023.

    Wishing you well this year and beyond!

    Hartsfield Elementary School is a candidate school* for the PYP. The school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students. * Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.

    Dr. Flanagan – Principal

    Mr. Olson – Transition Principal

    Ms. Washington – Assistant Principal

    Ms. Jones – IB Primary Years Coordinator

Last Modified on January 26, 2023