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. 

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
The purpose of the Global Studies course will be to promote an understanding in students of their role as responsible global citizens. Students will use 21st-century tools to explore the complexity of current global topics as they develop as independent problem-solvers. The course uses Windward’s active learning model and incorporates methodologies such as design thinking, case studies, seminar discussions, and collaborative problem-solving. As a model of interdisciplinary learning, Global Studies Honors uses a cross-curricular team teaching model, with course instructors including members of the History, Science, and World Language Departments.

Course topics vary from year to year, but include a subset of the following: cultural identity and awareness, poverty, global climate change, water, biodiversity, sustainability and social justice, roots of political conflict, geopolitics, global economic interdependencies, resource allocation, and the geography of resource utilization.

Global Partnerships & Collaboration

Partner Schools
Windward has a number of partner schools throughout the world, providing students and faculty the opportunity for cross-cultural communication, curricular integration, and cultural immersion.  Currently, we work with:

NAIS 20/20
Through the NAIS Challenge 20/20 program, the AP Spanish students work with students from the John F. Kennedy School of Queretero, Mexico to identify and address a common problem. The year-long collaboration has allowed the students from both schools to tackle a real problem while forming cross-cultural communication and understanding.

Meet the Team

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Windward School is a 7-12, co-educational, independent day school in Los Angeles, California.