Our Global Studies Program

At St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Global Studies is infused throughout all aspects of student experiences. Through their courses, co-curricular activities, international travel opportunities, and relationships with partner schools, students develop a global awareness and appreciation, helping them become knowledgeable and caring citizens of the world.

Global competency skills are emphasized in all divisions. Students learn to investigate and analyze world issues, communicate their ideas, value different perspectives, and take action to positively change the world.

At St. Andrew’s, Global Studies is:
  • Integrated throughout the curriculum
  • A robust program of experiential learning
  • Geographically and culturally diverse experiences in all grade levels
  • An opportunity for students to explore horizons outside of their geographic locations
  • A unique program which develops student leaders
  • Building relationships with peers from partner schools around the world
  • An opportunity for students to serve their local, national, and global communities
  • Open and accessible to all students
  • Part of the mission of the school

2019/20 Trip Destinations


Spain: November 16-30, 2019
Italy: November 21-29, 2019
Ghana: May 23-June 7, 2020
England: May 25-June 3, 2020
Puerto Rico (7th & 8th grade): May 26-June 2, 2020
Costa Rica: May 25-June 1, 2020

Curriculum Highlights

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  • Lower School

    • PK3-4th grade world language courses focusing on Spanish and Mandarin languages and cultures
    • Assemblies and events led by students, families, and community members who wish to share their cultural traditions and values
    • Learn about Spanish-speaking countries using international currencies
    • Cultural visits on campus with students from our international partner schools
    • Create Peace Flags for the United Nations' International Day of Peace
  • Middle School

    • 5th grade history course focusing on world cultures and activities connected to our international partner schools
    • 6th grade quarter rotation focusing on world geography and providing an introduction to Model United Nations through in-class summits and research projects centered on student-selected countries
    • 8th grade trip to the Global Village at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas
  • Upper School

    • Global Voices (semester English elective)
    • Global Studies (semester History elective)
    • AP World History
    • World History 1
    • World History 2
    • Word Religions
    • AP Art History 
    • Global Studies assemblies

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  • John Mychal Warren

    John Mychal Warren

    Global Studies Student Council Prefect

    "The Global Studies program provides a range of unique opportunities to explore the world, beginning with world language, history, and literature courses that expose students to new cultures and communities within the classroom. With trips to a diverse set of countries, students can participate in new experiences, create relationships, while learning about service. Even if a student is unable to travel, opportunities to host exchange students exist, allowing some of the same cultural experiences in the comfort of a student’s own home. The Global Studies Program provides new ways to learn, opportunities to explore the world, while accomplishing our mission as a school."
  • Michelle Bramlett

    Michelle Bramlett

    St. Andrew's Exchange Student to Japan

    "My year-long experience in Japan was life-changing. I made friends with so many wonderful people that I still communicate with every day. I was able to be fully immersed in the culture and language, and I learned to be much more independent. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to experience life from a new perspective, and I hope that I can visit Japan again."
  • Paul Buckley

    Paul Buckley

    Faculty Travel Grant Recipient

    "I feel extremely fortunate to have received a St. Andrew’s Global Studies grant. It allowed me to travel to Western Europe this summer to visit historic sites about which I teach. It’s not just the content knowledge one acquires from these visits; it is the emotional impact that leaves the most lasting imprint, though it is hard to convey the powerful emotions one feels when standing in one of the remaining trenches on the battlefield of the Somme, or of viewing Omaha Beach at Normandy from the perspective of a German artillery battery, or of standing in a gas chamber at Dachau concentration camp.  Furthermore, as travel guru Rick Steves says, “globetrotting destroys ethnocentricity.” It broadens our perspectives and helps us to appreciate different cultures, which is essential to teaching in a place with the value set of St. Andrew’s."
     
  • Shannon Watt

    Shannon Watt

    Parent

    ”My son John was fortunate enough to participate in the Italy trip in 2017 and the India trip in 2018. He has a newfound appreciation of the religious cultures of both Italy and India. He had always had an interest in mythology, and to be able to visit Rome and see the architecture of the temples from Ancient Rome was very fulfilling to him. Our family remains very grateful that he was able to visit countries in different parts of the world with his friends and teachers from St. Andrew’s. It was an immersive learning experience that has made him a more global-minded person.”
     

Students Who Traveled

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  • 51

    in 2017-18
  • 79

    in 2018-19

Teacher Chaperones

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  • 12

    in 2017-18
  • 15

    in 2018-19

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  • 25

    2018-19 Travel Thursday Lunches
  • 36

    International Visitors
    in 2018-19
  • 61,240

    Flight Miles Travelled
    2018-19

Travel Grants 2018-19

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South Campus | PK-3 to Grade 4

4120 Old Canton Road | Jackson, Mississippi 39216
Tel 601.987.9300 | Fax 601.987.9324

North Campus | Grades 5 to 12

370 Old Agency Road | Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
Tel 601.853.6000 | Fax 601.853.6001