The Basics of CGC

What it Does | How To Join | International Travel | Speakers | Graduation Designation

What it Does

The CGC promotes global understanding and citizenship, fosters a deep appreciation for the cultures of the world, challenges you to critically think about world’s most pressing global issues, and helps you understand how the United States fits into a global context.

How to Join

Global Scholars Program: This four-year course of study examines different regions of the world, global leaders, pertinent issues, and politics. You’ll engage in relevant discussions and develop critical-thinking skills. Global Scholars 2/3 students tackle such subjects as Mexico, Persian cinema, Indonesia, and energy geopolitics. They also develop policy positions on democracy promotion.  

Seniors may choose from several capstone courses: International Relations Honors, Economic Policy Honors, Art History Honors, Contemporary American Politics and Society Honors, or Law and Government. Rising freshmen must decide to enter the program by the end of Grade 8, so that you may be designated as a Global Scholar on your transcript.

International Travel

During the 2012-2013 academic year, the center offered trips to the Netherlands (SREP), Spain, Nicaragua, Germany/Austria, Italy, the Bahamas, Hong Kong, Peru, Cambodia, China, and Australia. During the 2013/2014 academic year, the CGC will offer programs to India, the Bahamas, France, the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Italy, Panama, Senegal, Turkey, Iceland, and Australia. To enable families to plan for future international trips and exchanges, the Center is providing a list of tentative travel opportunities through 2017.

Exchange Programs: The CGC works with partner schools to identify and plan exchange programs of great merit for students in grades 9-11. The center also identifies host families for foreign students.

Lecture Series and Speakers 

The CGC sponsors its own lecture series and also participates in the Institute for 21st Century Education’s lunchtime speakers’ series. In previous years, the lecture series examined the United States Constitution, the law, and the role of the courts.

Graduation Designation

Seniors can graduate as Global Scholars by following this path:

  • Global Scholars 1 (Grade 9)
  • Two years of Global Scholars 2/3 (Grades 10-11, generally)
  • One capstone course (Grade 12)
  • The defense of a thesis paper (Grade 12)
  • Four years of a World Language (Grades 9-12 generally)
  • A comprehensive Geography exam (Grade 12)
  • At least one purposeful international experience (Grades 9-12)

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