Through a combination of content knowledge and 21st-century skills (critical thinking and problem-solving, collaboration, entrepreneurialism, written or oral expression, intercultural competency, creativity, adaptability, and resilience), the program introduces its students to diverse cultures and traditions, provides opportunities for international travel and service learning, and offers the Global Studies Certificate Program to those students who choose a concentration in the Global Studies.
A Pre-K-12 Program
International mindedness is learned and practiced by the youngest students through beginning study of Spanish and after-school program options in French and Chinese for students in Grades 1 through 5, as well as intercultural experiences provided in world language, fine arts and music, and social studies classes in Early Childhood and the Lower School.
In Middle School, students choose to study French or Spanish, and are immersed in the history and culture of the United States as well as the cultures of other countries, combined with modern global issues including human rights, migration, globalization, etc.
In the Senior School, multiple international trips are offered each year, as well as a full schedule of world language courses in French, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin. Global Issues courses introduce students to current issues in world affairs as a means to develop their global literacy and global competency. Students explore topics such as world health, migration, human trafficking, women's rights, global economy, and international relations in the offerings representing the Global Studies Certificate curriculum, which are also open to all interested SA students.
Students in Grades 8, 9, and 10 who are looking for ways to deepen their understanding of diverse peoples and cultures from around the globe, and challenge themselves to step beyond their comfort zone may enroll in the Global Studies Certificate program.