The journey that the early childhood and lower school started years ago to implement the Primary Years Programme (PYP) has culminated in the announcement we recently received from the International Baccalaureate:

“On behalf of the International Baccalaureate, it is my privilege to inform you that American School of Bilbao is to become an authorized IB World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP).Congratulations on your considerable accomplishment”.

The American School of Bilbao is now recognized as an IB World School for the Primary Years Programme! This is a significant benchmark in the history of our school! We are the first PYP authorized school in our region of Spain. Our teachers, students and parents have accomplished a great deal of work over these past years. The PYP authorization signifies that the Early Childhood and Lower School community fully meets the rigorous criteria set by the IB for the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

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Keelin Swalve, PYP Coordinator