Sewickley Academy’s Pre-K through Grade 12 Global Studies program enables students to cultivate a globally-informed personal identity and equips them to be creative leaders and constructive citizens in the service of building positive partnerships with others near and far. 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, resilience), the program introduces its youngest students to diverse cultures and traditions, provides opportunities for international travel and service learning in the Middle and Senior Schools, and offers the Global Studies Certificate Program to those students who choose to apply.
A Pre-K-12 Program
International mindedness is learned and practiced by the youngest students through beginning study of either French or Spanish and an after-school program option in 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, Spanish, or Mandarin and are immersed in the culture and history of the United States and South East Asia. All Middle School students engage in an International World’s Fair at the end of the school year. International opportunities in Spain and China are offered to Grade 7 and 8 students. In the Senior School, multiple school exchanges and international trips are offered each year, as well as a full schedule of world language courses in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin. Interdisciplinary courses in Middle East history, Chinese culture, and Latin America are offered as electives. Through the use of multi-media approaches, students converse with students their own age from countries around the world.
Students in Grades 8, 9, and 10 who are looking for ways to challenge themselves to step beyond their comfort zone and engage with people of another culture may enroll in the Global Studies Certificate program. While there is no minimum GPA required for participation, Global Studies Certificate candidates will be successful students who have demonstrated an ability to handle a range of academic and extra-curricular demands.
Sewickley Academy is one of 100 schools nationwide to be recognized as a member of the Asia Society’s Confucius Classrooms Network. Read more about this prestigious honor.