Erie Day School’s Early Education (Preschool, PreK and Kindergarten) and Lower School (Grades 1 through 4) grades participate as a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme which helps students develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The curriculum represents the best from many different countries rather than the exported national system of any one. We maintain our high standards by actively training and supporting teachers, and by authorizing and evaluating IB World Schools. We encourage international-mindedness in IB students. To do this, we believe that students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. All IB students learn a second language and the skills to live and work with others internationally—essential for life in the 21st century. We encourage a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to reflect critically, to develop research skills, and to learn how to learn. We encourage community service because we believe that there is more to learning than academic studies alone. IB World Schools cooperate in curriculum development, student assessment and the governance of the IB, making this a unique international collaboration.