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Upper School (Grades 9-12)

Global Studies & Travel

To respond to our more interactive and connected world, we must educate our students for cultural literacy and global citizenship. It is important for our students to empathize with and be eager to gain knowledge about local, regional, national, and global issues. They must understand and appreciate cultural differences, alternative viewpoints, and others’ values.  Each year, students apply to participate in local and global experiences that help them develop a broad understanding of the diverse world in which they live.

Global Studies Mission Statement

Greensboro Day School students will gain new knowledge, essential skills, and character dispositions to be informed and active citizens of our global community.

Knowledge: Major religions, cultural expressions through art, literature and music, political and economic ideologies, social structures and change, global ecosystems and environmental impact, world historical trends and change, and high proficiency in a world language.

Essential Skills: Creativity, innovation, critical thinking, information literacy, media literacy, collaboration, communication, and problem solving.

Character traits: Radical empathy, integrity, confidence, humility, perseverance, self-motivation, and conscientiousness.

2018-19 National & International Trips

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  • From Greensboro to Atlanta to Birmingham: A Journey for Civil & Human Rights

    Winter Term 2019 | Trip: January 3-12, 2019

    Open to all Upper School students with a demonstrated interest in African-American history. On this trip, students will spend time in Greensboro, NC, Atlanta, GA, and Birmingham, AL
    exploring the African-American experience in these historic cities.
  • Crossing Borders: California – Mexico Learning Adventure

    Winter Term 2019 | Trip: Winter Term 2019

    This course is offered to give students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to travel to the border between the USA (California) and Mexico (Tijuana and Rosarito) to study and examine the human interactions that take place every day at this part of the border. The students will hear from and also interview officials from government organizations in the USA and Mexico, including Homeland Security, the Border Patrol, Minute Men, anti- and pro-migrant advocates, and members of religious and humanitarian centers to acquire a broad
    understanding of all the perspectives offered about the situation at the border.

  • Jazz on Tour: Puerto Rico

    Winter Term 2019 | Trip: Winter Term 2019

    Jazz on Tour: Puerto Rico is open to Jazz Band students who have a strong interest in learning about and performing jazz, with special emphasis on Latin Jazz. Participation in the Jazz Band class during the regular school year is required. Students will learn about the
    influences of Latin styles and rhythms on the Jazz world, and will perform music in federal and public schools employing those techniques. They will also have a unique opportunity to experience the music, culture, and historical significance of Puerto Rico. We will spend time touring beautiful Old San Juan, and attractions such as the Arecibo Observatory, El Yunque Rain Forest, a bioluminescent bay, and more. This trip tentatively includes a workshop with local salsa and Latin Jazz musicians. All plans are being made and updated with careful attention to the latest developments and restoration of the island to ensure the safety of students at all times.
  • Manhattan Concert Productions Broadway Concert: Performing at Lincoln Center

    Winter Term 2019 | Trip: February 15-19, 2019

    This course is open to Upper School students with a demonstrated interest in chorus or musical theatre. Students will learn the choral parts of an entire Broadway show, which will be performed as a one-night-only revival concert at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 with a professional cast, crew, and orchestra. Our students will be part of a 250-member chorus led by professional Broadway stage directors and music directors. In the past, we have worked with Susan Stroman and Jason Robert Brown. The concert is being produced by Manhattan Concert Productions (MCP). Along with our rehearsals in New York, we will also do some sightseeing and see a Broadway show.
  • History, Service, Culture of South Africa

    Winter Term 2019

    This course is open to 10-12 current students with an interest in teaching, learning about
    the legacy of apartheid, and making global connections. We will travel to Port Elizabeth
    and work with students from Joe Slovo Township. Students will facilitate small group
    academic and enrichment lessons, and explore the cultural diversity of the Eastern
    Cape of South Africa. While in Johannesburg, students will visit the Apartheid Museum,
    the Cradle of Humankind, the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum in Soweto, and
    the Dinokeng Game Reserve.
Greensboro Day School develops the intellectual, ethical, and interpersonal foundations students need to become constructive contributors to the world.