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 10th through 12th Grades may pursue their deeper interests in topics of global interdependence in a way that is most relevant to the 21st century.

Upon completion of the program, students who earn the designation of "Global Scholar" on their transcripts will have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to maximize their participation 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. 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. 


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. 

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  • Required Core Classes/Responsibilities

     10th Grade:
    • Global Studies Honors (in either 10th Grade or 11th Grade)
    • Global Service (see Leadership and Action)
    • Meeting with a Global mentor after admission to the program

     11th Grade:
    • Global Studies Honors (in either 10th Grade or 11th Grade)
    • Global Service (see Leadership and Action)
    • Meeting twice during the year with a Global mentor

     12th Grade:
    • All Windward students are required to take an Honors Capstone course in the 12th Grade. Global Scholars may fulfill this requirement in any Honors Capstone with an approved Capstone project which addresses an issue of global focus.

    Additional Course Opportunities to demonstrate Global Scholarship: Global Scholars must take one GOA course and the equivalent of three additional full credit classes from the following:

    • A course through the Global Online Academy: one GOA course is required for all Global Scholars. GOA courses appear on the Windward transcript, but are offered through GOA for additional tuition. The tuition varies by course, and is generally $500 to $700. An additional GOA course may count toward the three additional Global classes.
    •  Honors History: America and the World  
    •  A World Language course at AP or Level 5
    •  A second World Language once first language is completed up to Level 3
    •  Honors Global Economics
    •  AP European History
    •  AP Comparative Government and Politics
    •  AP Art History
    •  Environmental Science
    •  Acting Techniques and Scene Study and Advanced Theater Ensemble
    •  Advanced Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Music Ensemble, and Chromatics
    •  AP Statistics
    •  Any Visual Arts class beyond Level 2 Please Note:  Students can earn global credit for these classes only when the class is not being taken to fulfill a Windward graduation requirement in the arts. (All Windward students are required to take two years of Visual or Performing Arts. A student doubling up in one of these classes or taking one of these classes in the Junior or Senior year will receive global credit.)
    •  Think Differently
    •  Model United Nations
    •  Debate, Public Speaking, and Rhetoric (9-12)
    •  Leadership: Civic Engagement
    •  A globally designated section of AP English Literature and Composition
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  • Global Action and Leadership Requirements

    In coordination with the regular process of course selection through the College Preparatory or Collegiate Division, candidates for the Global Scholar designation will work with a Global Scholar mentor to plan the extracurricular activities by which they will demonstrate that they have exceeded the global competencies achieved by all Windward graduates. Global Scholar mentors will help identify, design, fulfill, and document the extracurricular components of the program:

    Travel and Culture (select two “Level One” experiences or one “Level Two” experience):

    •  Level One Options:
     » Take an international trip through Windward or another approved organization (one-week minimum)
     » Host an international student (non-family member) through an approved organization (one-week minimum)
     » Volunteer or intern with an approved global organization (hours in addition to the Windward baseline requirement to be determined in consultation with the student’s Global mentor)
     » Attend four approved Global events during Grades 10-12

    •  Level Two Options:
     » Engage in an international or immersion trip, either through Windward or some other organization (one-week minimum)
     » Attend a language immersion summer camp or program such as Middlebury-Monterey, Concordia Language Village, School Year Abroad, etc. (two-week minimum)

    Leadership and Service

    Volunteer or intern with an approved global organization or initiative for at least 10 hours (i.e. half of the the student’s required hours for Windward Graduation). Must be completed prior to the beginning of Senior year.
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Windward School is a 7-12, co-educational, independent day school in Los Angeles, California.