Key facts about the PYP

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) was introduced in 1997.

It followed the introduction of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) – established respectively in 1994 and 1968.  

The PYP is taught to students aged 3-12.

As of 3 September 2019, there are 1,782 schools offering the PYP, in 109 different countries worldwide.

Learn about the PYP curriculum and becoming authorized to implement the PYP.

Origin of the PYP

The PYP was developed through the vision and effort, sustained over ten years, of the former International Schools Curriculum Project (ISCP).

Their goal was to produce a common curriculum, for students in the 3-12 age range, which would provide continuity of learning within each school and ensure that the curriculum developed international-mindedness on the part of learners.

Since being introduced by the IB, the PYP continues to meet these initial aims of providing a curriculum that brings international-mindedness to the school community.