Greetings to our Parents, Guardians, Students, and Guests!Welcome to Baltimore International Academy's First Grade Section...BIA creates a culture of high expectations for our students’ education. We strive to develop our students’ academic and character growth.Our students continue their journey learning in their target language. Whether they learn in French, Spanish, Russian or Chinese, they continue to receive instruction in the Maryland State and Baltimore City Schools curriculum standards.We are also proud to be in approved as an International Baccalaureate World school. We have embraced its philosophy to develop international-minded young people through implementing the IB's Primary Years Program (PYP). The PYP is using student-centered learning approach that encourages critical thinking skills, collaboration, and global awareness.The learning that began in Kindergarten continues in our First Grade classes. Our first graders are currently working on the PYP Theme, "How the World Works" with the central idea, “Our choices are key to our well-being." This is unit allows students to explore the connections between choices they make and good health. Students will research and analyze the effects of foods, exercise, and sleep on their physical and emotional health. They will develop an understanding of the importance of the choices they make and how those choices affect them and the people around them.