Global Studies Programs
Global Studies is a whole-school endeavor that infuses our curriculum with global mindedness: beginning with world language instruction in the Lower School, expanding with the Global Exchange Program in the Middle School, and culminating with the advanced course offerings in the Upper School.
Along with our formal curriculum and classroom instruction, students at CSN have the benefit and opportunity of interacting with teachers and students from around the world. Many of our faculty bring their experiences of living, teaching, and visiting other countries into their daily classroom instruction.
Additionally, many students at CSN draw from a variety of backgrounds, nationalities, and languages, which adds to the overall experience of every CSN student. For instance, did you know that the Class of 2015 hailed from 9 countries and spoke 11 languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, German, French, Czech, Hebrew, Korean, Creole and Tagalog?
Global Exchange Program
With the foundation established in the early grades, students in grades 7 through 10 have an opportunity to participate in CSN’s Global Exchange Program, which is a partnership between CSN and several “sister schools” around the world. Each exchange has two components:
- Two weeks overseas, where CSN students travel abroad, live with a host family, and attend classes at a host school.
- Two weeks hosting, where CSN students welcome the same students into their homes and classes.
Through these opportunities, students build lifelong friendships and experience life in another culture with new customs and traditions, bringing to life what they have learned and studied while at CSN. So far, CSN has partnered with the following schools:
- Beijing Number Four High School in Beijing, China
- Bavarian International School in Munich, Germany
- St. Stephen’s School in Rome, Italy
- American School of Valencia in Valencia, Spain
School Year Abroad
Students in grades 11 and 12 wanting a longer-term overseas experience can apply to School Year Abroad (SYA), which enables students to either do a six-week summer stay or a year-long stay in the following countries:
As the only SYA member school in Florida, CSN students have a unique opportunity to fully immerse themselves into a culture, language, and country. During the 2015-16 school year, we have two students participating in SYA, one in France and one in Italy. For both of these students, this will be a truly life-changing experience.