An IB World School

Principal: Melanie Mierzwa

An IB World School

Principal: Melanie Mierzwa

About Us

togetherThe Learner

The learner in our school community is flooded with new knowledge, new adventure, and challenge.  They are immersed in meaningful learning experiences all day long, at home and at school, making a habit of continued and empowered learning for a lifetime.

The learner at Riffenburgh is an active participant in a series of repeated actions that allow ownership, voice, and choice in our discoveries.  We are agents of our own learning.  

Learning and Teaching

Our learning community is engaging students in experiences that require students to use thinking and communication skills, self-management and social skills, as well as research skills. The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) calls these:  Approaches to Learning.  These approaches are applicable across disciplines and grade levels and are evident when our learners begin achieving their goals.

We ask our learners to make connections, build explanations, consider viewpoints, and uncover complexities.  Our learning community recognizes the importance of agency and action, as this is integral for any growth or change. “The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.” IBO.org   

The Learning Community

At Riffenburgh IB World School, our students are asked to think of themselves as change agents.  They are members of a learning community constantly inquiring about what they might do to help, to volunteer, to serve. Our students see themselves as part of solutions to local and global issues. 

Additionally, we recognize that learning happens in every setting and in knowing this, we value the involvement  all stakeholders, students, parents, teachers and community members as we all travel through our connected experiences.