Welcome to Whittier International Elementary School!

Whittier International Elementary is a public PreK-5 International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) World School (since Feb, 2007). 

Our Vision
All Whittier International Elementary students will become independent global thinkers through inquiry and action

Our Mission
Encourage exploration, inquiry, and critical thinking
Provide learning opportunities that integrate subject areas
Promote local and global action
Respect cultural similarities and differences

5th grade IBPYP Exhibition

All Primary Years Program (PYP) students in their final year of the program are required to participate in The Exhibition.  The Exhibition is a culminating INQUIRY activity that guides student through the Action Cycle; Choose, Act, Reflect. It is an opportunity for IBPYP students to share and show their growth as IB learners.  The outcome of this unit is a project which will be presented/showcased and groups, CELEBRATED!

This  trilingual informational Exhibition video was created by the 5th grade IB Community and Service Ambassadors, Senor Ricardo and Mrs. Dominguez.  Please enjoy while learning more about the IBPYP 5th grade Exhibition!  We hope to see you on April 26th, 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.


Global Cafe--Open Friday Mornings!

1st grade is working on their very first global action project as part of the WE organization.  They will be selling coffee & sweets on Friday mornings (through 4/27) in the Atrium to raise money for access to clean water in Kenya and Tanzania.

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments Testing Schedule
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments will begin March 5th run through May 4th. MCA testing is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. 3rd and 4th grade will be tested on reading and math, while 5th grade will take reading, math, and science exams. Students will take one test in each subject. The MCAs are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards. If you have questions about the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments at Whittier, please email
Ambassadors' Mural
Art and Design IB Ambassadors' Mural
     It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we are able to share with our Whittier learning  community the "Taking Action"  mural,  hung at the landing of the main stairwell.


Yearbook Orders Due 3/23

The Whittier 2017-18 yearbook will be filled with color photos of students, staff, activities, groups & trips. Orders are due by Friday, March 23rd. Cost is just $5 with option to add on $10 "shout outs" to students or staff. Check backpacks for the order form or print one here: Yearbook Order Form