Palmetto Elementary School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-focused International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme offers students a rigorous program of learning through collaborative, transdisciplinary and project-based curricula that fosters lifelong learners with a global mindset utilizing inquiry, knowledge and compassion.

“Our motto is ‘One World, Many Stories’ and we strive to provide all students an engaging experience that prepares them for middle school and beyond,” said Gladys Harris, the school’s principal.

To this end, the school empowers students to take action, accept each other’s differences, and create a culture of change thanks to the schools IB curriculum.

IB, a non–profit educational foundation comprised of four challenging programs of international education and assessment that develop academic, personal, emotional, and social skills for students aged 3–19. Each program includes a curriculum framework and pedagogy, student assessment, professional development for teachers, and a process for school authorization and regular evaluation.

“I have three children at Palmetto Elementary. I have seen a lot of growth in them. All the activities, the IB program, the teachers are great,” said one very proud parent.

An IB K–12 Education Continuum requires study across a broad range of subjects drawing on globally significant content, develops critical and creative thinking, research skills, and time management skills in all academic disciplines and the arts, and requires all students K–12 to study an additional world language.

Students completing the Diploma program can earn Florida Bright Futures Scholarships and are prepared for success in college and the career of their choice.

According to Giselle, a student at the school, “Palmetto Elementary is a place that is welcoming and it’s a place for kids to enjoy.”

Palmetto Elementary is also among the four district’s elementary schools that received the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) by the U.S. Department of Education to fund a high caliber, innovative program of choice designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning that will provide equitable access to high quality educational programs that will enable students to succeed academically.