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).  Learn about the Whittier IB World School journey/timeline

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

As a public school, Whittier International School belongs not only to our families, but also the community at large. We welcome and invite all to visit and observe the hard work our students and teachers do every day.  You will see teachers engaged with small groups of students, or the whole class.  Because of this, classroom visits are not a time to have private conversations with teachers, interact with the students (unless invited to do so by the teacher), or interrupt the learning.  

When you come to visit a classroom at Whittier International, you are asked to please sign in at the front desk, put on a visitor's sticker, and wait for the greeting desk to contact the classroom teacher to make sure the timing is good. We appreciate your patience.  We want all visits to Whittier International to be a positive experience, and welcome feedback. 

PTA International Baccalaureate (IB) Night

Have questions about the CDD? How about the I.B. program? Bring your questions and learn from Whittier teachers, staff, and students about what makes Whittier tick – the IB program. Tuesday, February 25th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-purpose room. Click for more information.

PTA Primary Electon Day Bake Sale

The PTA is organizing a Primary Election Day Bake Sale at Whittier on Super Tuesday - March 3. Donate baked goods, volunteer to staff the table, or stop by and pick up some goodies for yourself!


Encourage a love of reading and help raise funds to support amazing programs at Whittier. The Whittier Reading Around the World Read-A-Thon runs February 24 to March 15. 

Comprehensive District Design (CDD) Survey

Learn more about the Minneapolis School District's Comprehensive District Design (CDD) and how to make your voice heard!

Looking For Pianists

Come volunteer and fill the atrium with sweet tunes!