An IB World School

Principal: Melanie Mierzwa

An IB World School

Principal: Melanie Mierzwa

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About Us

The Learner

The learner in our school community is flooded with opportunities for connection, knowledge acquisition, discovery, and challenge.  They are immersed in meaningful learning experiences designed for transfer to empower learning for a lifetime.

The learner at Riffenburgh is an active participant in their learning, practicing self-reflection and self-advocacy.  Learners express ownership, voice, and choice as agents of their 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 support our efforts to create a culture of lifelong learning.

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 we feel, 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.”   

The Learning Community

At Riffenburgh IB World School, our students are asked to think of themselves as change agents.  They are members of an intentional learning community, constantly inquiring about what they might do to help, volunteer, and 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 of all stakeholders, students, parents, teachers, and community members. As we all are learners, we journey together.

PSD does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, age or disability in access or admission to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.