Global Education

The world is becoming increasingly more interconnected and interactive every day. Technological advancements have enabled us to connect with great ease to others oceans away. Teachers in every class introduce lessons that expand each student’s worldview. They work across disciplines and grade levels to cultivate global awareness in profound ways. Our students develop the ability to identify interdependencies, to analyze different perspectives, to respect differences and to participate in meaningful real-world experiences and exchanges. It’s our responsibility to help our children develop a global understanding and build cultural competency that enables them to emerge as engaged world citizens. 

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  • Faith and Culture

    As an Episcopal School, we respect all faith traditions and we embrace the opportunity to learn from and with people of other cultures. Religion, music and dance are deeply routed in culture. We explore these intersections through classes, guest speakers and student-led chapel services.  
  • Global Engagement

    St. Catherine's girls engage with students all over the world through the NAIS Challenge 20/20 Initiative. This Internet-based program pairs classes at any grade level (K-12) with counterpart classes in schools across the globe to collaborate on solutions to one of 20 global problems. Our teachers leverage relationships with international faculty and students to collaborate on special projects.
  • Partner Schools and Exchanges

    St. Catherine's has established meaningful relationships with several international schools, and the list continues to grow. Long-term partnerships include the Kopila Valley School in Nepal and Colegio San Esteban in the Dominican Republic. In addition, we have an academic exchange program with St. Catherine's School in Bramley, England.
  • X-Term Offerings

    In collaboration with St. Christopher's School, grade 9-12 students select yearlong cohorts, many which contain local, regional or international travel. Recent examples include forensic science in London and Edinburgh; India: Discovering the Golden Triangle; Language and Cultural Immersion in China; STEM Experience at Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland; Outward Bound: Adventure and Service in Patagonia; WWII History in Paris and Normandy; Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation and Sports Psyching: Achieving Peak Performance.
  • Hosting International Students

    St. Catherine's partner with ASSIST to host exchange students from around the world for both short and long-term experiences. Students from Austria, Cameroon, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Lithuania and Vietnam have all shared their talents and life experiences with the St. Catherine’s community.
  • Connections through Technology

    In addition to more than 100 speakers who come to campus each year, a robust information technology platform enables connections between our classrooms and the world. Skyping, blogging and Global Read Aloud projects are just a few of the ways our girls collaborate with people from all parts of the globe. 

St. Catherine's Around the World

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  • Alaska, USA

    Students discover the Last Frontier: Alaska! By hiking, exploring and studying the landscape of this region, they will investigate the formation of tidal glaciers and observe the migratory patterns of humpback whales, sea otters and puffins.
  • Argentina

    Upper School students learned how outdoor travel skills such as backcountry cooking, camp craft, Leave No Trace principles and safety techniques as they explore Nahuel Huapi, the oldest national park in Argentina. Students hike volcanic rocks, clear lakes and the flora and fauna of a temperate forest. Students completed a series of local service projects, learning from the local populations' cultural traditions of a simple lifestyle, emphasis on family, close ties to the earth and the satisfaction of working with one's hands.
  • Australia

    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Upper School

    An Upper School teacher and field hockey coach traveled to Australia to play in the Master's World Cup in Canberra and participate in an exchange with St. Aiden's Girls' School in Brisbane.
  • Austria

    Each year, St. Catherine's partners with ASSIST to bring foreign exchange students to the St. Catherine's community. Students live with a host family and fully participate in the life of our community.
  • Belize

    Students partner with Belizeans on a community-generated service project that strives to address a genuine and pragmatic need within the community. As they learn about climate change and other global concerns affecting life and the environment of Belize, they also examine  how the global community can work together to solve problems.
  • China

    Upper School students embarked on rich cultural and linguistic tour of the southeast of China, a region known for its rivers, caves and karst formations. Students also visited Hong Kong to experience Hong Kong's incredible mix of Western and Eastern culture. Rich in linguistic and cultural experiences were able to experience ancient and contemporary China and even visit a private school where an alum of our brother school is currently a teacher.  
  • Colombia

  • Cuba

    Upper School students traveled to Santiago Cuba to help rebuild an Episcopal church destroyed in the 1960’s. Students lived in the parish guest house, situated within a walled compound with round-the-clock staff, breaking bread every day at the center or at the work site with the priest and his youth minister. Interactions with workers, parishioners and neighbors provided rich language and cultural experience for students
  • Dominican Republic

    Since 2011, Middle School students have traveled to Colegio San Esteban in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. The girls experience a week of joyful service and fellowship while working with children whose lives are very different from their own. Many who have gone on the trip previously have found it to be an invaluable, life-changing experience.
  • England

    St. Catherine's Bramlely is an Episcopal School in Surry, England. Students travel between the two schools each year for a cultural immpersion experience.
  • Equador, Galapagos Islands

    On this archipelago of volcanic islands that straddling the equator, students explore the exotic flora and fauna, immerse themselves in the biologically rich ecosystem while learning about the culture of this magical place.
  • Finland

    Helsinki, Finland
    Upper School 

    As part of a sabbatical, an Upper School faculty member traveled to Finland to visit schools and learn about Finland's educational system.
  • France, Paris and Normandy

    Under the guide of Major General Holland, noted expert in battles of 1944, students walk the steps of the soldiers on the battlefields.
  • Germany

  • Greece

    Art, math, technology in Greece. Upper School students explored the culture, history, and influence of Greece, with an emphasis on artistic, mathematical and technological advances. Students will study Greek contribution Western art, architecture and literature and explore the island of Samos, the birthplace of Pythagoras.
  • Italy

    Upper School students traveled to Rome to explore 3,000 years of geology, city planning, historical remains and artistic treasures. The group traced Roman history from founding myths and legends from Aeneas and Romulus to the foundation of the empire, its Republican and Imperial
    history, its collapse and ebbing in the Middle Ages, its triumphant Renaissance and Baroque comeback. Not only did students immerse themselves in Roman history, they enjoyed sampling local foods and enjoying daily Roman life in the cradle of popes and emperors, of Michelangelo and Bernini. 
  • Lithuania

    Each year, St. Catherine's partners with ASSIST to bring foreign exchange students to the St. Cathine's community. Students live with a host family and fully participate in the life of our the community.
  • Morocco

    Students immerse themselves in one of the most ancient, diverse, and unique places in the world. Students view the multiple faces of Morocco- the rural and the urban, the mountains and city.
  • Nepal

    Lower School girls sponsor three students at the Kopila Valley School in Nepal. On the International Day of the Girl, St. Catherine's third and fourth graders were cheered on by our younger students as they ran a mile race and "Went the Extra Mile" to raise money to sponsor our girls for the third year. 
  • Peru

    The Middle School Peru global studies trip aligned with the curriculum of the grade 7 and 8 Spanish language and grade 7 medieval world history classes. Highlights of the trip included: a three-night homestay with Peruvian families, service work at a Peruvian girls school dormitory and exploration of the famous Inca Machu Picchu ruins and historic city of Cusco. Through this experience, the St. Catherine's girls stepped outside their comfort zones and broadened their perspectives of diverse world cultures.  
  • Puerto Rico

    Led by an art teacher and a health and yoga teacher, Upper School students travelled to Puerto Rico to explore art museums, salsa dancing, eating local cuisine, and natural resources. A yoga/meditation practice will be part of the daily itinerary to highlight how being in the present moment enhances life experiences.  
  • Switzerland, The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva

    Students visit the largest machine ever built and the most ambitious scientific endeavor in human history, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research).  This modern marvel of science and technology accelerates protons to near the speed of light, smashes atomic nuclei, studies dark matter, extra dimensions, and magnetic monopoles inside massive detectors.
  • Turkey

    Ankara, Turkey
    Upper School

    Each year, St. Catherine's partners with ASSIST to bring foreign exchange students to the St. Catherine's community. Students live with a host family and fully participate in the life of the community.
  • Vietnam

    Two St. Catherine's ASSIST students have originated in Vietnam.

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