Student Travel/Global Connections Program
We truly believe learning occurs beyond the classroom walls and that we want our students to feel connected to the community from within our school to the world at large. And we believe that our students benefit from seeing themselves as global citizens, connected to people throughout the world, and members of a global community where they may find themselves everywhere at home. Our travel program goals have two distinct threads:
- To expose all of our students in as many ways as possible to different cultures and places.
- To provide our students with direct experience with other cultures, and particularly with direct immersion as the most powerful experience we can provide.
Achieving our goals requires using every means possible to connect students to cultural diversity. We’ve made a school wide commitment to international education aimed to expand their perspective, peak their curiosity, and inspire their confidence to be strong and productive community members who are committed to creating a better world.
The whole school climbs a peak on Mountain Day and experiences college life on College Visit Day, everyone goes on three day Spring trips, everyone is invited to participate in summer travel scholarships and offerings, is exposed to a curriculum that expands from the local to the international, participates in community service, admires our exchange students who are away from home for a whole year, and experiences countless other messages that support the value of cross cultural learning.
The junior class travels together to a Spanish speaking country for direct immersion in the complexity of issues in the developing world. Combining family stays and community service with meetings with individuals from the full spectrum of perspectives, students have a transformative experience that opens minds and hearts.
It is the combination of all these experiences that show how Compass lives it values and brings all its students to see themselves as global citizens interested in and ready for participation in international travel and learning.