4 American schools are transforming children into agents of global change
There is something special about a globalized generation – it is defined by unique qualities that go beyond national borders. They are equipped with the right skills, knowledge, mindset and talents that make them complete people, ready for lifelong learning and exploration.
To achieve this, children need a globalized education, and the United States has schools that are more than capable of providing that.
These schools educate children in an environment that is both rigorous and holistic. Children are encouraged to think outside the box in programs that meet their needs and abilities. They discover their talents in in-depth sports and artistic programs.
With such a comprehensive education, children become individuals more than ready to take on the world. If that’s what you’re looking for for your child, here are four of the best schools in the United States developing a globalized generation:
The Athenian school
Students at the Athenian School near San Francisco in Danville, Calif., learn differently — they learn by doing. A private, experiential college-preparatory college and high school with boarding for ages 9-12, The Athenian School is where bright young minds from East Bay and beyond actively engage in an empowering educational experience. They immerse themselves deeply in the courses, inspire each other to think critically and collaborate as global citizens. They become Athenian graduates who thrive in great universities and are ready for a life of intellectual exploration and meaningful contribution.
Such results are due to the Athenian way – built on six pillars: internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership and service. These six pillars are the foundation of the school. Students are encouraged to seek lives of meaning and purpose and to develop cross-cultural skills for the future. They explore athletics, the arts, engineering design, international exchange and service, and the Athenian Wilderness Experience – a hiking program for an unforgettable experience. Such characteristics inspire students to become compassionate and responsible adults. Graduate Cailin Plunkett can attest to that.
“At Athenian, I am taught to live actively, not passively. I critically inquire about information presented to me, do not take statements at face value, and work to become an informed global citizen of local and global issues. I don’t allow the world to push me; I work to shape it for the better,” says Plunkett.
As such, it is no wonder that students from over 12 countries come to the school for an Athenian education. They enter a vibrant and diverse Athenian community and develop a global outlook for their lives. Click here to learn more about the Athenian way of school.
Carmel Catholic High School
Belong. To believe. Become. These traits make Carmel Catholic High School — a private college-level preparatory and secondary school for students in grades 9 to 12 — an institution of academic excellence for more than 50 years. It is one of six schools in the United States to have received the U.S. Department of Education’s prestigious Blue Ribbon Award five times for academic rigor, artistic exploration, and spiritual enrichment. All of these prepare graduates for college and beyond.
To Catholic Carmel, a personalized program is what you will get regardless of your level of study. The school meets your learning needs by offering five levels of investment process: College Prep, Upper College Prep, Honor College Prep, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit. Here, it is essential that students are placed in a specific program that supports their progress, learning and success. As they improve and excel, they progress to higher course levels throughout their four years of study. Such a rigorous but personalized academic program has become Catholic Carmel recognized and endorsed by the Illinois State Board of Education, National Catholic Education Association, and AdvancedEd.
The offerings continue. To Catholic Carmelstudents explore hands-on educational experience in fine arts, which offers courses that essentially develop them with a strong work ethic, sense of community, confidence, and self-esteem. The four-year arts program enriches students in every education, from choral music to orchestra, dance, and dramatic and visual arts. All of this is possible in the school’s new and innovative 33,000 square foot Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Students belong to Catholic Carmel. They are listened to, supported and given the opportunity to develop their talents in different ways. The school’s innovative and forward-thinking education guides and supports students while challenging them to believe in all they can become and achieve.
The Frederick Gunn School
A Frederick Gunn School student or graduate is always learning. After building their foundation at this college-preparatory coeducational boarding and day school in Washington, Connecticut—surrounded by the natural beauty of Steep Rock—they are able to think for themselves, express their beliefs with confidence and persuasion, and to defend themselves both for themselves and for others. They become active citizens, changing the world in the same entrepreneurial way that Frederick Gunn – abolitionist, educator and outdoorsman – changed the world.
Several programs allow this. The Innovation course is a multi-year learning path that allows students to explore science, engineering, technology, and entrepreneurship as a pathway to pursuing these passions in college and beyond. More at Center for Citizenship and Just Democracy, they have a space modeled after the cutting-edge coworking spaces in urban centers, such as Workbar in Boston and NeueHouse in New York; a hub where local community leaders can meet students about their projects; and a newsroom, where students will learn information literacy and digital citizenship skills.
There are more features that encourage students to become forces for good here. The Citizenship Program does more than just ensure first-year students are a perfect fit for school — students also have conversations about healthy choices, responsible behaviors, and executive functioning skills that make them more intentional in their approach to learning.
During the summer between junior and senior years, students participate in the Civic Changemakers project where they create, identify and bring to life policy through action in the community. Beyond its separate campus located in an idyllic city, students also learn to take risks, solve problems, collaborate and navigate a world that does not conform to all their desires through the Gunn Outdoor Program.
Elm School is a unique, college-preparatory, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades eight through twelfth. Set on a 300-acre campus with awe-inspiring scenery and grander views, Orme offers both stellar views and a rigorous curriculum to guide learners through a scenic and memorable journey to academic success.
Becoming a student at Orme means joining its close-knit community. On and off campus, life here is fun, filled with tradition, and filled with excitement thanks to a kinship of learners, coaches, educators, and administrators.
Classroom life is intimate with a average class size of just eight students. Each learner is also encouraged to schedule individual meetings with their teachers after class if they need additional support.
Alongside experts, they follow a solid academic program designed to prepare them for university life and beyond. Courses include AP English, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and AP History. There’s even a science department with modern lab facilities for classes in environmental science, biology, chemistry, and AP physics.
That’s not all. At Orme, students also receive qualified instruction in fine arts and music. The school’s location in the beautiful South West makes this possible – a destination where international artists flock to find inspiration. This makes art part of the Orme experience and a dynamic destination for students to showcase their talents.
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