Program Components & Benchmarks
The Academy has developed a framework for global education based on models developed by the National Association of Independent Schools and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. This framework identifies the critical skills, knowledge and expertise that students must master to succeed in school and in life.
Through global education at Morgan Park Academy, students delve into a vibrant mix of core subject exploration of global topics, alongside hands-on experiences designed to inspire hope through thoughtful action. By graduation, students have honed essential skills for career success in areas such as media and information literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration.
By combining the global education framework with the necessary support systems -- academic standards, curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development -- students are fully engaged in the learning process. They learn to take initiative, practice cross-cultural skills and take on roles of responsibility and leadership. The Global Studies program is integrated into higher levels through interdisciplinary themes such as global awareness, economics and environmental studies. Each year they become more prepared to thrive in the global economy as independent thinkers and global leaders.
Global Studies at the Academy goes beyond the core subjects as well. Many 21st century skills are best practiced outside of the classroom, so Global Studies students are encouraged to explore specific areas of interest in three key areas: cultural education and exchange, environmental sustainability and service. These explorations can take place inside the classroom as part of the core curriculum, or outside the classroom as a part of the Global Scholars program, a reward and recognition program that operates in conjunction with the classroom-based Global Studies program.
We have established a series of Diploma Requirements (PDF) students must meet to graduate as Global Scholars or receive Global Diplomat or Global Ambassador diplomas.
The Academy has established various benchmarks for students as they move through their Global Studies education: