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The IB Primary Years
Program (PYP) for
children aged 3-12

Enroll your child in a modern, private school in Beirut, taught in English, with the IB-PYP international curriculum, using 21st Century learning tools.
At our private school in Beirut, we run the English-language, International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB-PYP). In addition to English language instruction, we are also one of the first in Lebanon to implement this world-renown curriculum in the French language. More on our French elementary school can be read here.

For the younger ages, we further incorporate the well-respected Reggio Emilia approach to pedagogy into our curriculum. This is known as our ‘early years program’ (synonymous with what you may know as a nursery and elementary school). In addition to an already-world-class curriculum, our young students are brought up to learn how to code from the time they are in Kindergarten - not as an elective, but as part of their core studies.

You’ll often hear us say, time and again, that we are focused on the ‘whole child.’ We also say that we take a ‘holistic’ approach to education. This philosophy ‘fits like a glove’ with our chosen elementary school curriculum, the IB-PYP; it’s an international teaching system that can only be offered by schools who meet stringent standards.

At the end of the day, kids who know facts aren’t necessarily kids who will grow into functioning, contributing members of society. We aim to do both; that is, we instill knowledge, and emotional skills.

So, the PYP curriculum emphasizes acceptance, open-mindedness, international-mindedness and compassion - among many others. These “learner attributes” are meant to give students the best chance possible at becoming persons of character and achievement.


About the Program

What is the International Baccalaureate
Primary Years Program (IB-PYP)?

Eastwood International School is officially an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) authorized school. The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is designed for students between the ages of 3 to 12 years. Like its high school counterpart, the IB Diploma Program, it also aims to bring educational standards into the 21st Century.

What do we mean by a “21st Century education”?
There is a strong realization among modern educators that society today is increasingly interconnected through globalization and technology. Current generations are approaching world problems collaboratively between countries, and across cultures. And, issues affecting humanity are not what they were 50 years go - not even 20 years ago. Nor are the tools and technologies used to solve them and understand them.

And so, our teaching methods need to adapt for that change. Our curricula must prepare children to enter the ‘real world’ seamlessly.
It may sound cliché, but the IB-PYP recognizes that, if future generations are to accomplish ‘world peace,’ they need to be brought up with the mindset, skill and awareness to do so. This starts at the individual level, and with personal relationships.

From there, these ‘rivers and streams’ of social skills lead to ‘oceans’ of acceptance, curiosity and responsibility. By filling in the rest with up-to-date knowledge, we get innovation and creative solutions - the kind that can only be accomplished by working together. And so, back to our focus on the whole child (as we always say), the IB-PYP curriculum does more than teach facts, or enforce memorization.

For years educators and citizens alike have noted that the traditional method of teaching needs a transformation. Our kids are not going to be assembly-line workers; they are entering ‘think tank’ economies, with surmounting problems to face.
The IB-PYP recognizes that, if future generations are to accomplish ‘world peace,’ they need to be brought up with the mindset, skill and awareness to do so. This starts at the individual level, and with personal relationships.
EIS Early Years: The Reggio Emilia Program

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge.
The value of quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood education cannot be overstated. Children who receive high-quality education in their early years reap benefits in their cognitive and social development, and in the development of their language skills and thinking skills in both the short-term and long term.

Coding + Tech Program: Integrated into our curriculum

Educational programs world-wide have been integrating computer programming in all levels of school curricula, but only a few schools offer a fully integrated Design and Technology program that not only teaches computer programming skills but also the entirety of the design cycle of a brand and product.

Interested in enrolling your children in after-school activities?

We understand the importance of fostering your children's passion for music, dance, or science. At EIS, every term we propose activities to complement your children's educational journey.

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