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.
Globally oriented courses are available to all Upper School students and are an integral part of the completion of a GIP certificate. Course titles include (AP English Literature and Composition) Global Shakespeare, Literature of Pilgrimage, Literature and Science of Disease, Film: History and Application, International Relations, World Cultures, Intercultural Theater, Globalization and Human Rights, and World History Through Sport, Spanish V: Global Community in Action, and French IV: Le Monde Francophone. Students can also take advantage of a variety of global course offerings through the Global Online Academy.
In Poly's Global Initiatives Program, the foremost goal is to foster dialogue with people from a variety of regions around the world. We can learn about the views and values of other cultures through events, online exchanges, and face-to-face contact. The GIP’s travel abroad program is the highlight for many of our Upper School students. These trips focus on cultural immersion, face-to-face interaction, and service learning, and build on the partnerships that we have created with schools and organizations. Our spring break and summer offerings include Cambodia/Vietnam, China, Cuba, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Senegal. In addition, Poly hosts many schools from around the world with whom we have established relationships, including Nirayama High School in Japan, Beijing 161 in China, the Lycée Victor DuRuy in Paris, and Auckland Grammar School in New Zealand.
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.
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 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.