Global Studies: Upper School
Becoming Global Leaders
Students in our Upper School move into leadership roles in a variety of schoolwide initiatives, completing their Global Studies education.
Language & Culture
Students study literature, film, and history from multiple perspectives (e.g., discussing the Vietnam War from both American and Vietnamese perspectives). They practice yoga and learn Shinto, the craft of Chinese painting and letter writing. Co-curricular activities include Model UN, Diversity Club, French Club, and Global Council.
Service learning is encouraged in the classroom through projects such as the Kiva project in the global issues class, where students debate who would be the most sustainable recipient of a micro-loan, and then give out an actual loan. Students also participate in the Service Club and organize special programs such as Dance For Life, a dance show that raises money for HIV/AIDS research.
Sustainability is an important topic in science and math classes; students participate in the River Watch and Forest Watch programs, where they go out to local forest preserves and research invasive species and water quality.
Global Week — known in the Upper School for 20 years as Project Week — extends our curriculum by bringing Upper School students and teachers together outside the classroom to share a broader range of learning experiences. Students pursue their interests and expand their horizons by spending a week each spring exploring at home and abroad.