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MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 - Carlyle Elementary School in Town of Mount Royal is celebrating news that it has   received full authorization  to officially offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP). It now becomes the first IB-PYP primary school in the EMSB. Michelangelo International in Rivière -des -Prairies is a candidate school,  awaiting its verification visit in April.

“The authorization allows us to use the IB trademark/logo and  officially say we are an IB world  school,” commented an  elated Anna Maria Borsellino, the school principal. “The IB-PYP curriculum has already been implemented.”

With parents already aware that formal international status was pending, enrolment at the school is climbing. “We gained  40 new students during Registration Week and more are coming,” said Ms. Borsellino. “Parents are calling and coming to register! Our numbers are on the rise. Carlyle now has a special mission and we expect to attract an entirely new clientele.”

The Carlyle team has been implementing the IB-PYP in the classroom for the last few years.  There are six units of inquiry taught throughout the year from Kindergarten to Grade 6 and four units of inquiry for Pre-Kindergarten.  Ms. Borsellino says she wishes to thank her predecessors Itrat Ahmad and Joan MacMillan for the work they did on the dossier,  IB coordinator Tatiana Kavafian, senior administrators at the EMSB head office  and commissioner Liz Leaman.

EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini was delighted with the news. “I applaud the team at Carlyle for all of the hard work they put in to achieve this status,” she remarked. “We look forward to having Michelangelo reach the same level very soon as well. At a time of declining enrolment we need to think outside the box to attract new students. The IB-PYP Programme indeed qualifies as a draw.”  

The IB-PYP program addresses the child of the 21st century. It engages the students in learning and thinking, while constructing knowledge. “The Primary Years Programme is aimed towards students between the ages of three and 12, in which its emphasis is on the total growth of a developing child,” explains Michelangelo International School Principal  Anna Della Rocca. “It helps to touch the hearts and minds of students, as well as encompass their social, physical and cultural needs, along with fostering strong academic development through an inquiry-based approach.  Students develop the skills to become life-long learners.”

Since the first IB school was established in 1974, there are currently over 2,200 such schools in 127 countries, with 258   schools in Canada and 10 in Montreal. Three EMSB high schools – Marymount Academy in NDG and John Paul I and Laurier Macdonald in St. Léonard – offer the IB program.

At the heart of the program’s philosophy is a commitment to structured, purposeful inquiry as the leading vehicle for learning. The IB – PYP offers students the best in pedagogical practices and helps children to construct knowledge and develop an internationally minded attitude through questioning and investigation of various topics, while offering the best in quality education for students. This is more than just a content-oriented program, as it deals with concepts and represents an engaging approach to learning. Students will develop skills that will serve them in their pursuit of constructing knowledge and social and international mindedness as they continue their studies.

Six transdisciplinary themes of global significance provide the framework for exploration and study:

•   Who we are.
•   Where we are in place and time.
•   How we express ourselves.
•   How the world works.
•   How we organize ourselves.
•   Sharing the planet.

Teachers are guided by these six trans disciplinary themes as they design units of inquiry that both transcend and articulate conventional subject boundaries.

“Children can make the world a better place by the actions they take,” says Ms. Mancini. “ When they become educated, conscientious citizens of the world, they are able to understand and respect our multicultural society and globalization. That way, they become lifelong learners."

For more information about the first IB-PYP authorized school in the EMSB contact Carlyle Elementary at 514-738-1256 or

For more information about the PYP program at Michelangelo International School, call 514-648-1218 or log on to


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213