Global Programs

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Mission Statement

Windward School strives to prepare our students for effective participation in the global community.

Through academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular opportunities to learn about different perspectives and cultures, students will utilize 21st-century skills, such as inquiry, collaboration, communication, leadership, and problem-solving. In doing so, Windward will ensure that it remains a welcoming and inclusive community whose graduates are knowledgeable, compassionate, and prepared citizens of the world. Beyond these goals for all students, Windward offers the designation of "Global Scholar" to those students who choose to deepen the global focus that is part of Windward's overall program. 

Meet the Director

Melanie Arias
Director of Global Programs
424-289-1106
Windward Global Education Goals
  • Students will exhibit cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of the commonalities and differences between peoples and regions.
  • Students will develop the linguistic, cultural, and technological skills necessary to productively engage with other peoples, cultures, regions, and economies.
  • Through global awareness, students will realize their own place in the world as global citizens.
  • Through community awareness, partnerships, and leadership initiatives, students will demonstrate active service and meaningful practice in the promotion of equity and justice, locally and globally.
  • Students will apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a variety of contexts in order to effectively confront and address global issues.
  • Students will demonstrate curiosity, adaptability, and initiative in order to be both contributors to and leaders in a global society.
Innovative Interdisciplinary Work
 
Global Studies Honors
This course develops student understandings of the connections between contemporary global challenges and historical events and trends. Global Studies Honors students approach learning with the intention of debating and developing historically informed responses to these contemporary challenges. The approach is centered on thematic units on topics such as genocide and migration.
 
These units build on the historical content in order to approach a related contemporary issue using innovative and often collaborative approaches such as design thinking, international policy development simulation, and case study analysis. Course units frequently culminate in innovative, collaborative projects facilitated by the Director of Global Studies and/or outside experts.

Application Process

Students can apply for the Global Scholars Program during the second semester of 10th Grade. While any student may enroll in any of our global classes and may participate in activities and opportunities sponsored by the Global Program,
in order to earn the designation of “Global Scholar” on one’s transcript, the following requirements must be met.