Evans International Elementary School, located in Sand Creek Zone at 1675 Winnebago Road in Colorado Springs, is the only elementary school in District 49 to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and its educators continue to strengthen the program through rigorous training and reflection.
The PYP curriculum focuses on inquiry based teaching and concepts with local and global significance. PYP develops essential skills, such as research, communication and social skills. The curriculum fosters positive attitudes such as tolerance, respect and responsibility. IB provides a framework for teaching focusing on best practices and inquiry, used to meet district and state standards. Educators believe that inquiry-based learning increases student engagement and motivation. Through PYP, teachers are receiving continuous training to learn how to plan and teach trans disciplinary lessons that support other programs already in place.
The PYP program places an emphasis on educating the whole child. With that, educators integrate music, physical education, art, technology and Spanish classes into grade level appropriate units and instruction. They also offer classes in special education, English Language Development, classroom guidance and media.
All reading, writing and math instruction is differentiated within the regular classroom to ensure students receive explicit instruction in the skills they need at their level. Reading and writing instruction is delivered in a small group setting through the Every Child a Reader and Every Child a Writer programs. With the professional learning community model, staff members continually work to plan reading, writing and math instruction aligned to the state standards, using the best resources possible.
After school activities include basketball, choir, jump rope, golf, bowling, and piano. Students are also active in Landsharks running club, Battle of the Books, orchestra, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Lego Robotics Club.
An involved parent community, including an active Parent Teacher Organization and School Accountability Committee, supports the school. Along with administration and teachers, these organizations sponsor educational programs at the school and help it acquire money through various fundraisers. Other activities that involve parents and community are family nights, carnivals, Santa’s workshop and various events that support IB units of inquiry.