Ashley Elementary School              

ASHLEY IB MAGNET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                                                                                    
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

1647 Ashley School Circle
Phone: (336) 703-4203
Fax: (336) 727-2344

Mark Hairston, Principal

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 The mission of Ashley IB Elementary Magnet School is to develop a global community that creates understanding and celebrates knowledge. The clean, safe, diverse, child-centered environment invites students to learn and motivates them to inquire and discover. Ashley IB Elementary is the only school in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB-PYP). 

Ashley IB Elementary has been an authorized IB World School since February 2006. The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme offers a rigorous academic program that is focused on inquiry-based learning. The IB-PYP teaching philosophy focuses on the total growth of maturing and developing children. At Ashley IB Magnet Elementary, teachers integrate the educational research, practice, knowledge, and experience of international schools with the Common Core State Standards and the North Carolina Essential Standards.The result is a relevant, engaging, accelerated, and creative educational program.

A significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme is the organization of curriculum into six transdisciplinary themes. These six themes of global significance create a transdisciplinary framework that allows students to “step up” beyond the confines of learning within subject areas. The six Transdisciplinary Themes are:

  • Who we are
  • Where are we in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet


Through Units of Inquiry organized around these transdisciplinary themes, students develop their abilities to ask questions and become involved in the concerns of the global community. By attracting a diverse population of faculty and students to the magnet program, Ashley IB Magnet Elementary provides a rich environment that enables students to learn through the IB philosophies and to attain the goals of the International Baccalaureate Program, which include an authentic global awareness, and an understanding of various cultures, ethnicities, and talents found in the worlds’ communities.

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective


Directions to Ashley

Take US 52 north, to first Liberty St.exit. Turn right on Liberty St.; turn right at first light onto 14th St.; go six blocks to Jackson Ave. and turn left; continue to Ashley School Circle(19th St. East) and turn right; school is on right. Take main sidewalk into lobby; office is on the right as you enter the main doors.