Philosophy & Curriculum


At Harding University Partnership School instruction is focused around inquiry-based curricula. We have developed our curriculum using the International Baccalaureate Organization’s Primary Years Programme. This inquiry-based program is for learners ages 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside, touching hearts as well as minds, and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.

As an IB World School, H.U.P.S. is part of an international organization that offers high-quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. IB’s programs help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Harding University Partnership School became an authorized IB World School, offering the Primary Years Programme, in the Fall of 2012 but the journey began in the spring of 2008.

The Primary Years Programme focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning and international mindedness.

The International Baccalaureate Organization offers four programmes span the years from early years to pre-university. The programmes can be offered individually or as a continuum. To find out more about these programs click here.

The cornerstone of the IBO Programmes rests on the value of lifelong learning. One essential concept that links all programmes is the learner profile.

See what the Learner Profile means.

IB Learner Profile
IB Learner Profile (Spanish)