Global Engagement in the Lower School

On-Campus Initiatives Include

  • Lower School students enjoy visitors from all over the world, including Collegiate travelers. Older students, teachers, and guest speakers frequently visit classrooms JK-4 to share cultural experiences and content related to the Lower School global curriculum.
  • Students learn Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese during their years in the Lower School. During the exploratory years of JK-2, teachers have a significant focus on culture as well as spoken language.
  • Lower School students participate in a Chinese New Year celebration hosted by the Mandarin Chinese Language Department for the whole Collegiate community.
  • Cougar Theater often includes performances that highlight different cultures.
  • The 4th grade curriculum includes a cultures study each spring, as well as a substantial unit on immigration in the United States in the fall during which many guest speakers are invited to share their family stories.

Partner School Exchanges Include

  • Collegiate's International Emerging Leaders Conference brings 45 high school age students to the Lower School for a day each fall, to participate in a town meeting, followed by individual class visits. The day ends with our Cultural Fair and Performance for 3rd and 4th Grade families.
  • Lower School teachers and administrators participate in a short-term professional and cultural exchange program with several of our partner schools, including those in Mexico, Morocco and France.
  • Spanish classes have a pen-pal letter writing program with our partner schools in Mexico and Spain.
  • Participants in the International Emerging Leaders: Asia program from our partner school in China spend the day with our first grade students each Spring in their Mandarin Chinese language classes, doing activities together and learning about life in China.

Partner Schools

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  • China

    Collegiate's first partnership in China was created in 2006 with Changzhou Senior High School, an elite public school in the city of Changzhou in Jiangsu Province. Collegiate formed a second partnership in 2007 with a private school in the city of Yangzhou, also in Jiangsu Province: Beijing New Oriental Foreign Language School of Yangzhou.
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  • India

    In 2007, Collegiate began its partnerships with India by forming relationships with the Modern School in New Delhi.
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  • Mexico

    In the summer of 2006, a Collegiate faculty member went to a technology conference at Colegio Carol Baur, located in Mexico City, Mexico, a private school serving students from 2 years of age through high school. A group from Carol Baur came to Collegiate in Spring 2007, and a group from Collegiate went to Carol Baur in January 2008, where a formal exchange program (intercambio) was established between the two schools.
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  • Morocco

    Our partner school in Morocco, George Washington, is located in Casablanca, Morocco.
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  • South Africa

    Our partner school in South Africa, Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng, is located in Phokeng, South Africa.
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  • Spain

    Our partner school in Spain, Colegio Internacional Alminar, is located in Seville, Spain.
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As a school, we are committed to providing many different experiences for students so that they can learn about different cultures, develop knowledge and context for today's global issues, and build cross-cultural communication skills from an early age.