Global Studies Vision Statement
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 a concentration in the Global Studies, which is modeled after college majors.
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, Russian 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, Spanish, or Mandarin 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. All Middle School students engage in the Global Environment Summit and World Language Extravaganza 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, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin. Global Issues courses introduce students to current issues in world affairs as a means to develop their global literacy and inter-cultural 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.