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Global Scholar Certificate

About the Global Scholar Certificate Program

The Global Scholar Certificate complements the student’s Upper School course of study with a concentration in global studies. The Global Scholar engages in globally oriented explorations — both in and outside of the classroom — that cultivate the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to think and act globally.

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Mentored by the Director of Global Programs, the Global Scholar designs a set of experiences from the four global competency spheres of learning: academic, cross-cultural, global citizenry and extracurricular activities. Reflective writings in a variety of media culminate in a Global Scholar Portfolio and Position Paper. The student creates a distinctive and meaningful Global Scholar path that leads to the Global Scholar Certificate designation on the LWA diploma and transcript.

The Global Competency Spheres of Learning

Course of Study: The Global Scholar in the Classroom

The Global Scholar meets curricular requirements including: Media Literacy, American Civics, Global Issues, Global Scholar Seminars, and a minimum of three years of a World Language. Students will also choose from a selection of electives.

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Service Learning: The Active and Informed Global Citizen

The Global Scholar engages in service that addresses an authentic community need and learns the skills of “action research” to give voice to the issue through a student-developed plan to improve the situation. The Global Scholar maintains a portfolio of reflections and artifacts and attends Service Learning Seminars.

Cross-Cultural Engagement

Participate in an event/activity each school year that widens the Global Scholar’s scope of interaction with people of cultures different from their own. Such activities could include: hosting an international student, LWA service learning travel experiences, summer study abroad, cross-cultural conversation cafes at school, holidays and traditions exchanges, oral history projects.

Extracurricular Activities

Attend or be involved in three activities each school year that enhance the Global Scholar’s understanding of local and global issues. Such activities could include: International Students Ambassador, Model UN, World Art/Dance /Theater experiences at local museums and performing arts institutions.