Citizens of the world

Poly’s Global Initiatives Program (GIP) seeks to develop and instill within students the tools and experiences necessary so they may become considerate, contributing, and connected global citizens. Upper School students study various cultures, interact with people in other parts of the world, undertake a service project, and experience cultural events from around the world. Those students who complete the GIP’s extensive requirements in each of the four areas will graduate with the honor of being recognized as Polytechnic Global Scholars.

Read more about GIP's sponsored events, hosting partner schools, and travel programs for 2016-17.

Mission Statement

The Polytechnic School’s Global Initiatives Program supports the school’s mission and Credo by fostering an interest in, an understanding of, and a respect for the dignity and worth of fellow human beings and their cultures worldwide. An understanding of the world calls for a willingness to learn through study, to reach out and communicate with one another in interaction, and to realize that we can help shape the future by service and listening. The Global Initiatives Program seeks to prepare all Poly graduates to live with confidence and good character in a rapidly changing and globally connected world.

Coursework

Globally oriented courses are available to all Upper School students and are an integral part of the completion of a GIP certificate. In addition to the ninth grade course (World Cultures: Africa, Latin America, Middle East, or Pacific Rim), course titles include Global Shakespeare, Globalization and Human Rights, World History Through Sport, Global Community in Action, International Relations, Film History, and many others. Students can also take advantage of a variety of global course offerings through the Global Online Academy.

Cultural interaction

In Poly’s Global Initiatives Program, the foremost goal is to foster dialogue with people from a variety of regions around the world. Students learn about the views and values of other cultures through coursework, events, online exchanges and face-to-face contact. The GIP's travel program, which focuses on cultural immersion, face-to-face interaction, and service learning, and building partnerships that we have created with schools and organizations, is a highlight for many of our Upper School students.

Events

Each school year, the GIP presents a series of school-sponsored cultural programs which are open to all students, parents, faculty, and staff. These events include guest speakers, films, trips to museums, festivals, art and dance performances, and panel discussions.

Service

To complete the cycle of learning and interaction, global studies implies service to others. Just as our Community Outreach programs support many local agencies and causes, the GIP aims to broaden the Upper School’s outreach into the global community.

Global Scholars

Poly’s Global Initiatives Program seeks to develop and instill within students the tools and experiences necessary so they become considerate, contributing, and connected global citizens. Upper School students study various cultures, interact with people in other parts of the world, undertake service projects, and experience cultural events from around the world. Those students who fulfill the GIP’s requirements will graduate with the honor of being recognized as Polytechnic Global Scholars:

  • Successfully complete World Cultures in ninth grade and three GIP-approved classes in at least two different disciplines during the 11th/12th grade years;
  • Study four years of a modern language or one year of Latin and three years of a modern language;
  • Attend eight GIP evening/weekend events (including two during senior year);
  • Participate in a GIP-approved global service project;
  • Participate in a GIP-approved cultural/linguistic interaction program;
  • Serve as a Global Ambassador on campus (with AFS student, students visiting from international schools, and GIP series speakers);
  • Complete and present an individualized Global Scholars project;
  • Create and maintain a blog from spring of junior year through end of project.

Global Initiatives Alliance

In the summer of 2012, the 50-year-old Poly AFS Board made the decision to focus its fundraising efforts on Poly’s GIP travel programs, providing speakers and culturally enriching opportunities and raising awareness of and promoting dialogue on global issues in the Poly parent community. In addition, GIA has committed to bringing cultural exchange and enrichment to the campus every year by identifying Poly host families, supporting numerous events for the local AFS chapter, and seeking ways to support and celebrate Poly’s exchange student.

Read about our global travel programs

Learn more about the Global Initiatives Program's spring and summer travel programs by reading student blogs:

Events

List of 2 events.

  • GIP/Science Department Event: "Before the Flood" Screening with Dr. Jess Adkins

  • GlP Event- AFS Student Share Global Perspectives on LA

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