St. Mark's School recognizes that a global education is a critical component of a 21st century education. Therefore, the goal of the Global Citizenship Initiative, through both curricular and extracurricular offerings, is to help our students see and appreciate the distinctive features and the beauty that exist in the variety of cultures of the world, to appreciate the human universals that make all people more similar than different, and to inspire our students to become global citizens.
Global Citizenship Opportunities
Each semester 45 motivated high school juniors from all over the country come together to live and work on the school’s farm in rural Vermont. Students and faculty build together a semester based on trust and an appreciation of difference, creating an academic and work-based community in which every voice matters. While living with teachers in small houses, students help to make important decisions concerning how we live together. Courses provide a demanding, integrated learning experience that takes advantage of the school's small size and mountain campus. Balancing intellectual inquiry and experiential learning, the curriculum challenges students to think flexibly, speak their minds, and return to their schools equipped for continued academic success. Engagement with the farm and forest sparks an appreciation for their food, their fuel and their labor. Admission is selective. The Mountain School of Milton Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Tuition for the 2015-16 year is $26,665. Financial Aid is available.
|Fall or Spring|
|Rising Vth form, must apply by February of IV form year.|
|Application is due on February, 2017|
The Chewonki Semester School provides a challenging academic program for a small number of highly motivated and academically capable students in their junior year. As a Chewonki student, you will live on a 400-acre peninsula, exploring rocky intertidal zones, sandy shores, and freshwater streams. You may snowshoe alongside moose tracks, kayak to Hungry Island, hike the Appalachian Trail, or scale Mt. Katahdin. Your eyes will be opened to the ecosystems around you, as you learn to look when you see a bird or flower, tree, or tide pool. You will discover, in the process, that everything is connected, that nothing should be taken for granted. You'll come to know the natural world while linking practical experiences to the intellectual work of your academic pursuits. In this way, Chewonki provides a unified education where ideas are understood in context, and ideas from different classes build on each other.
Since 1964, School Year Abroad has sent high school juniors and seniors to study abroad in distinctive cities and towns throughout Europe and Asia where their safety and security is a priority. Widely considered the 'gold standard' of high school study abroad programs, SYA's rigorous academic curriculum, paired with complementary educational travel and varied extracurricular activities, ensure students are in an optimal position to return to their home schools or proceed to college. At SYA, you have the advantage of earning high school credit for your year studying abroad while learning from exceptional U.S. independent school and locally-hired faculty. We offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses and standardized testing, college counseling and progress and end-of-year reports for parents and home schools to ensure that you are on track when you return home. Unlike other high school study abroad programs, School Year Abroad independently operates its own schools, so instead of enrolling in a local high school, you'll be learning from hand-selected local and U.S. faculty who serve as advisors to SYA students as they navigate their new environment. In SYA's unique intellectual environment, learning takes place in the classroom and in the larger global community. Each SYA school provides a unique educational environment that brings together the high educational standards of top U.S. prep schools with the excitement of experience-based learning.
|Rennes, France; Beijing, China; Viterbo, Italy; or Zaragoza, Spain|
|School Year 2017-2018 (September to May)|
|Rising Vth, VI form (must apply by February of IV or V form year)|
|Application is due February 15, 2017|
|Dr. Laura Appell-Warren|
Exchange with Partner Schools
- St. Hilda's School, Southport, Queensland, Australia
- Korea International School, Jeju Island, South Korea
- Wittelsbacher Gymnasium, Munich, Germany
- The Grange School, Santiago, Chile
- Beijing Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
- Christ Church Grammar School, Western Australia
Students who have an interest in Australia have the opportunity to travel to Southport, Queensland, Australia and live either in a dormitory or with a host family. Students who participate in this exchange are expected to ask as hosts for their Australian counterparts. St. Hilda's School is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school for girls, located in Southport, a central suburb of the Gold Coast, Queensland. The school motto, Non Nobis Solum - Not For Ourselves Alone, is an important principle that guides St. Hilda's programs and expectations for the education of the students. St. Hilda's is a school that values character, leadership, and kindness and seeks to instill in the girls a love of learning. The Year 10 Exchange Program at St. Hilda's is seen as an important addition to the academic program. Participation in exchange broadens the horizons of students, helps the to grow as individuals, develop new global awareness and make new friends. Cost consists of airfare, excursion fees and incidental expenses.
Students who have an interest in Korean culture and language have the opportunity to travel to KIS, Jeju Island and live on an international boarding school campus. Classes are taught in English, so the language barrier will be minimal, but students will be able to learn Korean outside of class. Students who participate are expected to act as hosts for their Korean counterparts.
Jeju Island is in the Northwest part of the country and is an hour's flight fro Seoul, South Korea. Jeju is a volcanic island known for its natural beauty and KIS students have a Hiking Club that explores the National Trail that follows the coastline around the island. Students interested in geology and marine biology will be particularly interested in this exchange.
KIS is part of a larger project funded by the Korean government to build an international education center 45 minutes from Jeju City. As a result the campus is brand new and students are moving in to new spaces as they are being built. The mission of KIS is to provide a challenging, American, boarding school curriculum within a global context designed to foster lifelong learning and prepare community-minded students for success in university and beyond. The vision of the school is to educate global citizens using a holistic approach and graduates will be responsible leaders, architects of positive change, and advocates of intercultural participation. Costs are airfare and incidental expenses.
|Jeju Island, South Korea|
|Variable depending on academic calendar. Possibilities exist for week-long visits over spring break or at the End of August. Longer visits would involve working with the Academics Office.|
|Rising IV, V, VI form|
Students who are taking German have the opportunity to travel to Munich, Germany, live with a host family and attend the Wittelsbacher-Gymnasium. Students who participate are expected to act as hosts for their German counterparts. This program offers an excellent opportunity for students to solidify their German language learning, to live with a German family, to experience everyday life in Germany, and to visit some of the sites in Southern Germany.
About 600 students and 50 teachers make the Wittelsbacher-Gymnasium a manageable and almost family-like educational institution. The number of students of students in one classroom usually does not exceed 30. The school provides optimal learning conditions, which means that through the overall concept of the school and the commitment of the students and teachers, the school has always ranked in languages. Many of the students are involved in the arts sector and find opportunities for musical activities in choirs, orchestra or big band. Costs are airfare, excursion fees and incidental expenses.
Students have the opportunity to travel to Santiago, Chile, live with a host family and attend The Grange School. Students who participate are expected to act as hosts for their Chilean counterparts. This program offers an excellent opportunity for students to solidify their Spanish language learning, to participate with a Chilean family to learn what life is like in Chile, and to visit some of the sites in and around Santiago. An excursion to Puerto Varas, Patagonia, may be offered.
The Grange School is a co-ed, independent day school in Santiago with an enrollment of 1,700 students from Pre-K to 12th grade. The school offers a blend of British and other national and international programs with a focus on the Cambridge General Certificate of Secondary Education curriculum. The Grange School is known for its small classes and friendly atmosphere, with most of the students coming from an international background. Costs are airfare, excursion fees and incidental expenses.
Students interested in improving their Chinese language skills and learning more about Chinese culture have the opportunity to participate in this exchange. While in China students will live with a local host family, will also that the opportunity to live in the dormitories at the School and will be offered classes and activities in local Chinese folk art. Classes include calligraphy, martial arts, dance, paper folding and Peking opera.
The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, established in 1901, and sometimes referred to as SDSZ, is a model high school in Xicheng District, Beijing. The School prides itself in its engagement with the most up to date pedagogies, its beautiful campus, and its rich history. Students will travel with Ms. Rubo Fu and another chaperone. Cost is estimated at $3,500.
Students who have an interest in Australia have the opportunity to travel to Perth, Western Australia and live either in a dormitory or with a host family. Students who participate in this exchange are expected to act as hosts for their Australian counterparts.
Christ Church Grammar School is an independent Anglican day and boarding school for students in grades Pre-K to 12. At Christ Church, the focus is on motivating every boy to discover and realize the best in themselves and others. In this environment it is character that we see emerge - the heart well educated, the mond engaged and the body strengthened for life ahead. The Christ Church pedagogy - our motivational teaching methodology - is at the heart of our approach to deliver exciting, challenging and engaging academic and co-curricular programs (information taken from School website). Costs are airfare and incidental expenses.
Gap Year Opportunities
St. Mark's School and the Waterford Kamhlaba School have a rich history dating back to the 1960's when St. Mark's boys and faculty members regularly spent the summer months helping to build and support the Waterford School. The Waterford School was an Anglican school founded during Apartheid with the mission of creating equal opportunities for all students. In the 1980's the Waterford School became a member of the United World Colleges Network and became the Waterford Kamhlaba School. This year St. Mark's students raised money for the Waterford Kamhlaba School's community service program with a refugee camp.
Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa is a remarkable and pioneering secondary school based in Mbabne, Swaziland. For almost 50 years it has provided exceptional opportunities for academic achievement, personal growth and leadership development for students from across southern Africa and beyond. Founded in 1963 with 16 students, Southern Africa's first multiracial school has successfully demonstrated that students thrive and excel in a non-racial environment, educated side by side in equal terms. The school has since grown to over 600 students and its earliest ideals of courage, leadership, equality, personal responsibility and academic excellence remain at its core. Cost is airfare and incidental expenses.
Spring Break Trips
- Natural Science Trip to Belize
- Classics Trip to Italy
- Dominican Republic Service Trip
- French Language Trip to France
- Choir Trip to Cuba
- New Panel
On this 8-day, 7-night natural science expedition to Belize, students will have the opportunity to explore two diverse ecosystems, participate in field research on coral reefs, birds and monkeys, learn about native Mayan cultures, and serve the needs of local communities. Partnering with International Zoological Expeditions (IZE) students will spend 4 nights on the banks of Blue Creek at a private rainforest reserve and wildlife sanctuary. Inhabited by thousands of intriguing organisms, Blue Creek's biodiversity is incomparable and makes for the ideal location to observe and interact with a complex jungle ecosystem full of exotic flora and fauna. Students will then travel to IZE's marine field station and lodge on South Water Caye, a private 12-acre island surrounded by uninhabited mangrove islands, sea-grass flats, and pristine coral reefs. The undisturbed natural conditions, along with the diverse habitats and abundant levels of marine life, make South Water Caye one of the finest outdoor classrooms in the Caribbean.
Cost is $1,800 and the trip is open to all forms.
The purpose of the tour is to help our students expand their literary study of the classical world by to include the material artifacts of classical culture provided by ancient sites and museums. On the trip students learn how to appreciate and analyze artifacts, architecture, city plans and monuments and in doing so deepen and enrich their understanding of Ancient Greek and Roman history and culture. Students at all levels, from Latin I - Advanced Topics, have a relevant literary background that would support the intended purpose of the trip. Although the study tour is intended for students pursuing the Classical Diploma program and priority will be given to those students in the program who apply for the trip, other students who are interested in Classics may also apply. Financial assistance may be available for students who qualify.
Cost is $2,500
Students will travel to the Dominican Republic with Mr. Sellers and Mrs. Vachris and participate in the Outreach 360 program in Monte Christi. Typically students spend their days working in an after school program playing with the Dominican children and tutoring them in English. In addition to the volunteer work, the group will travel to a market town on the Haitian border that has been declared a World Heritage Site and learn about commerce and relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Students will also study Black in Latin America, a film by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to better understand the history, race relations and the complexity of the island of Hispaniola; home to both Haiti and the DR.
Participants should note that there are vaccines and malarial medication required for this trip. The cost of the trip to the travel clinic may be as high as $400. While many health insurance companies do cover the cost of these vaccines, not all do. Although St. Mark's does provide transportation to the travel clinic, all participants in the program, regardless of their financial aid status, are expected to cover the cost. If this required trip to the travel clinic presents a hardship to a family, please contact the Global Citizenship Office.
The DR trip will be paired with a required pre-trip seminar taught by Dr. Appell-Warren.
|Monte Christi, Dominican Republic|
|March 11-18, 2017|
|$2,000. Nonrefundable deposit of $600 is due by November 10,2016|
|III, IV, V, VI form, enrollment limited to 20. Recommended for students interested in the Haiti Partnership.|
|Mr. Sellers or Mrs. Vachris|
Students will travel to Paris where they will have the opportunity to engage in an immersion program in the morning and visit culturally significant sites in the afternoons and evenings. Students will have some input into what places they would like to visit, but options will include the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Opera Garnier. Students will stay in a centrally located dorm-style hostel in double, triple or quad rooms with private showers and locking doors. Breakfast will be eaten at the hostel and some dinners may be eaten there as well. Cost os $3,000 and cost of all meals is already included in the price of the trip.
Prior to the trip, students will participate in at least one seminar where they will present information about a place that they would like to visit. The seminar will likely take place on a Sunday evening prior to study hall. During the trip, students will contribute to a blog that will allow them to share their impression of what they are experiencing.
|Open to all forms, priority given to students currently taking French, enrollment limited to 20 students.|
As relations warm between the United States and Cuba the opportunity exists for St. Mark's to use our Episcopal Church and Episcopal School connections to visit and explore the culture and music of Cuba. During the 2015-16 school year we will be expoloring and researching the options that exist for this unique, once in a lifetime trip during Spring Break 2017. Cost and dates of travel have not been determined.
March 11-18, 2017
Summer of 2016
- Sri Lanka
- St. Mark's in Segovia
- St. Mark's School/Salzburg Global Seminar
- World War I and the Western Front
St. Mark's has partnered with Envoys, a premier provider of Global Citizenship programs. The philosophy of Envoys meshes well with that of our Global Citizenship program and the trips they have created with us are tailored to our students and our curriculum. In addition, they employ state of the art communications and health and safety networks while traveling. Students participating in this trip will gain a richer understanding of Eastern Religious Thought and the complexity of education for children in countries in South Asia. Students will also be able to participate long term in a grassroots NGO - Educate Lanka.
The trip to Sri Lanka in July 2016 will entail a combination of travel around the country, visits with local public school children in Kandy, participation in Buddhist Celebrations, visits to a tea plantation and animal refuge, mountain hiking and visits to cultural and folk museums. Work with the NGO Educate Lanka will form an important part of this trip.
The travel program will be paired with a pre-trip seminar taught by Dr. Appell-Warren, Rev. Talcott and the Envoys staff. On-line learning objectives will also have to be met by students joining this trip. Cost is $5,00 plus airfare.
|Colombo, Hattan, Kandy, Galle, Sri Lanka|
|Eligible Forms:||Rising IV, V, VI (a minimum of 16 students will be needed). Recommended for students in Eastern Religious Thought and students eager to get involved with the Educate Lanka Foundation.|
The Instituto San Pedro provides a month long opportunity over the summer for St. Mark's students to experience the language and culture of Spain through the full immersion program St. Mark's in Segovia. Living with carefully selected families, attending three classes a day, joining daily cultural activities, and weekend trips is the core of the program. The stay is complemented with trips around Segovia visiting the following locations: Palacios de la Granja, Castillo de Cuellar, Valle de los Caidos; El Escorial; Museo Reina Sofia; Museo del Prado. Students will also go hiking in Las Calderas and take a trip to the Andalucia region in Southern Spain. While in Andalucia they will stay in four star hotels in Sevilla, Granada, Cordoba and Madrid. Cost is $5,000.
The Global Citizenship Institute is an innovative program between Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria and St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA to educate and support faculty and students from public, private and international secondary schools as they learn ways to become engaged global citizens actively working to solve problems of global and local significance.
Join St. Mark's and Salzburg Global Seminar Faculty for a week of intensive exploration of what it means to be a Global Citizen in a globalized, interconnected 21st Century world. Participants will hear leaders in the field talk about the issues related to Global Citizenship and will participate in numerous small group discussions focusing on the themes of Global Citizenship. These themes include, among others: social justice and human rights; creating an engaged community; intercultural communications and perspective taking; climate change and sustainability. The hallmark of the program is that students and faculty will meet with the faculty and students from their home school to create a project to take home to their community.
Past participants in the program have come from as near by as Framingham, MA and as far away as Australia and China. Cost is $1,000 and includes room, board and off campus excursion.
St. Mark's has partnered with Envoys, a premier provider of Global Citizenship programs. The philosophy of Envoys meshes well with that of our Global Citizenship program and the trips that they have created with us are tailored to our students and our curriculum. In addition, they employ state of the art communications and health and safety networks while traveling. During the month of August, 2014, Mr. Hebert, accompanied by Envoys staff, participated in a scouting trip to Morocco to gather information about the trip and to enrich our teachings of Islam.
The trip to Morocco will entail a combination of living with a host family in Rabat, visiting a school in Tiznit and traveling to see sites of Islamic and historical significance. Stops will include Rabat, Tangier, Fez. Marrakech, Tiznit, and Casablanca. Students will camp in the Cedar Forests of the Middle Atlas Mountain Range, sip mint tea in Tangier, visit the Sahara Desert and visit the oldest university in the world - Qarawiyyin University.
The travel program will be paired with a pre-trip seminar taught by Mr. Hebert, Dr. Appell-Warren, and the Envoys staff. On-line learning objectives will also have to be met by students joining this trip. Cost is estimated at $5,500.
|Rabat, Tangier, Fez, Marrakech, Tiznit and Casablanca, Morocco|
|Rising IV, V, VI form (A minimum of 16 students will be needed). Recommended for students in Judiasm, Christianity and Islam.|
Students participating in this trip will be traveling with students and faculty from Groton School and Deerfield Academy. The trip is framed as the "descent into barbarism," beginning with the trench experience of WWI in Verdun, exploring the cultural and political ferment of the interwar and war years at museums and sites of memory along the way. Cost is $3,500.
|This trip will visit various sites relevant to WWI, including Battle of Ypres, the Somme, Verdun and Caporetto.|
|June 2016 for 10 days|
|Rising IV and V form|
The Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) was founded in 2008 to create nationwide standards for global education. With over 160 member schools, the organization promotes the development of global citizens in independent schools and beyond.
The GEBG places great value on offering collaborative travel programs for students and faculty from member schools. In 2016, we journey to Colombia to examine ways to enact social change in a post-conflict environment. We travel throughout the country, engaging with local actors from public and private arenas and learning how people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds are working together to build (and rebuild) their national identity and develop a new social contract.
The collaborative model brings together students from different schools to work together before, during and after the travel experience. A set of foundational online courses establishes a common knowledge base, after which teams of students collaborate to conduct their own research and educate the group. Teachers from member schools have opportunities to integrate the program themes and content into their classroom curriculum and make alterations to the program elements to best fit enrolled students.
Program highlights include Perspectives on Peace, Exploring Educational Innovations, Delving into Non-Profit Management, Traditions in the Land of Magical Realism, Poverty Mapping in Cartagena and Mentorship Models for Entrepreneurs. Cost is $2,900 plus airfare. All participants will travel together from Miami.
Service Learning Opportunities
St. Mark’s School, Southborough and St. Mark’s School, Altadena, California have partnered, through the auspices of the School Partnership in Haiti Program, with St. Marguerite’s School in Latournelle, Haiti. The Haiti Partnership Committee at St. Mark’s School is an active and vibrant organization and is dedicated to developing a partnership between St. Mark's School and St. Marguerite's School in Latournelle, Haiti. Our goal is to foster communication, education and cultural exploration between the two schools. We, at St. Mark’s Southborough, are also committed to supporting capital projects at Ste. Marguerite’s through fundraising, in both the local and broader school communities.
A small group of students will travel to Haiti with Ms. McColloch and other chaperones to see the country and to visit the families of Latournelle and the students of St. Marguerite's School. Students will also have the opportunity to visit sites in and around Port au Prince to get an understanding of Haitian culture and arts. Students in the STEM Fellowship will be able to apply for a spot on the trip to engage in a limited field work experience and get a first hand sense of how their STEM research project might be beneficial for Haitian people.
Participants should note that there are vaccines and malarial medication required for this trip. The cost for the trip to the travel clinic may be as high as $400.00. While many health insurance companies cover the costs of these vaccines, not all do. Although St. Mark's does provide transportation to the travel clinic, all participants in the program, regardless of their financial aid status, are expected to cover the cost. If this required trip to the travel clinic presents a hardship to a family, please contact the Global Citizenship Office. Cost is $2,500 and limited financial aid is available.
|episcopalschools.org - establishing-a-school-partnership-in-haiti|
|Port au Prince and Latournelle, Haiti|
|January 13-18, 2017|
|IV, V, VI form by Application only. The trip is limited to 6 students.|
|Applications will be early September, 2016|
|Ms. McColloch, Ms. Lohwater|
Brantwood Camp, Greenfield, NH. St. Mark’s will soon reach its 100th anniversary of sending students to volunteer as cabin counselors at this summer camp in New Hampshire. Brantwood is specifically designed to serve boys and girls who would not otherwise have the opportunity to afford a camping experience; most are from inner city areas in New England and New Jersey. For sixteen days in the summer (three sessions are available), St. Mark’s students volunteer to live with a small group of campers, helping them develop character, confidence and independence, both physically and emotionally. In this they are trained and supervised by a highly experienced camp staff. It is a challenging job, but it offers unparalleled leadership training and experience to St. Markers who are ready for a life-changing summer. There is no cost to the student, but an application and references are required. Students interested in this program should contact Rev. Talcott.
|Peterborough, New Hampshire|
|Dates||A volunteer position lasts 17 days and there are three choices of dates starting in Mid June for Session I and ending with the start of Session III in early August.|
|Deadline||Application process is rolling|
|Eligible forms||IV, V, VI form (must be 16 years old by Mid June)|