Global Scholars Program

Program Overview

Windward’s Global Scholars program challenges students to become knowledgeable, compassionate, and active citizens of the world. Through an approved course of study, combined with out of class experiences, students in 9th through 12th grades may pursue their passion for issues and elements of global interdependence in a way that is most relevant to the 21st century.

Upon completion of the program, students who earn the Global Scholars Certificate will have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to participate fully as global citizens.

Program Goals

Windward School strives to prepare our students for effective participation in the global community with a program that offers opportunities, both inside of the classroom and out, to learn about different perspectives and cultures while utilizing 21st century skills, such as inquiry, collaboration, communication, leadership, and problem-solving. In doing so, Windward ensures that it remains a welcoming and inclusive community whose graduates are knowledgeable and compassionate citizens of the world.


Student Learning Goals

Through completing the Global Scholars Program, Windward students will
  • Exhibit cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of the commonalities and differences between peoples and regions.
  • Develop the linguistic, cultural, and technological skills necessary to productively engage with other peoples, cultures, regions, and economies.
  • Realize their own place in the world as global citizens through global awareness.
  • Demonstrate active service and meaningful practice in the promotion of equity and justice, locally and globally, through community awareness, partnerships, and leadership initiatives.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a variety of contexts in order to effectively confront and address global issues.
  • Demonstrate curiosity, adaptability, and initiative in order to be both contributors to and leaders in a global society.

Application Process

Admission to the Global Scholars Program is competitive. Not everyone who applies will be accepted. Students will apply for the Global Scholars Program during the second semester of 10th grade. Students must be enrolled in Global Studies Honors and be getting at least a B+ by the second trimester to be considered for Global Scholars.

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  • Course Requirements

    Course Requirements
    • Global Studies Honors (10th grade)
    • Completion of Level 4 of a world language
    • One semester course from Global Online Academy or other approved online course
    • 3 additional global credits from the list below taken during 10th, 11th, or 12th grade
    • Maintain a 3.3 overall GPA, and a B+ average in global courses

    * 1credit=1year 

    For more information, contact Global Scholar Coordinator Daniel Walker or Global Scholars Program Assitant David Sainsily
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  • Courses Approved for Global Credit

    Year Long Courses
    • A World Language course beyond Level 4 (4 Honors, Level 5, or AP)
    • A second World Language once first language is completed up to Level 4 (i.e. Mandarin)
    • Honors Global Economics (11th & 12th Grade)
    • AP Art History (12th grade)
    • Honors Human Geography (11th or 12th grade)
    • AP Environmental Studies (12th grade)
    • Environmental Studies (11th or 12th grade)
    • AP Statistics (12th grade)
    Seminars - 1⁄2 Year (1⁄2 credit each)
    • Brothers Karamazov English Seminar
    Upper School Electives (during 8th period - 1⁄2 credit each)
    • The Imperiled Environments of the World’s Oceans/Marine Biology
    • Why Should We Care? Global Ethics
    • Terrorism in the Modern World
    • Current Issues in Gender Studies 
    Other Courses
    • Approved Global Online Academy or other global online course (beyond the required GOA course) (1/2 credit)
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  • Other Requirements

    Other Requirements
    • One two-week immersion experience/trip or two one-week immersion experiences/trips 
      • Hosting an international student in your home can be considered a one-week immersion experience
      • Volunteering/interning locally in a global organization may also be considered
    • Attendance at four global events during grades 10 – 12. Examples include attending a Global Speakers Series, a local global workshop/conference, a cultural event, etc. Approval for the event must be obtained beforehand from the Director of Global Programs and attendance must be documented.
    • Yearly reflection
    • Participation in a Global Advisory during 11th and 12th grades 

    For more information, contact Director of Global Programs Carrie Creighton.
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Windward School is a 7-12, co-educational, independent day school in Los Angeles, California.