Students at Highland School enrich their knowledge and understanding of world cultures through International Week studies. Each year, a country is selected and students participate in a variety of classroom experiences and programs.
Classroom studies vary each year as the study of a particular country offers different opportunities for learning. Programs, performances, and feasts supplement classroom learning across all three divisions. Literature studies, author visits, and Skype sessions, along with artistic studies and the creation of art to decorate the school, are consistent elements of International Week. Students also engage in studies of history, geography, politics, and economics.
Special Events in the Gallery
The Highland Gallery is transformed each year for one month with exhibits featuring the arts, clothing, and food of the selected county. Correspondence with overseas students is a growing element of the program, providing the opportunity to develop understanding of the culture through direct communication. Highland’s own International students add depth to our understanding of the cultures, and we encourage their leadership in the promotion of the study of their home country through assemblies and special classroom activities.
Studying Countries Around the World
Countries our students have studied include: Iran (2009), Cuba (2010), South Africa (2011), China (2012), India (2013), Russia (2014), Brazil (2015), and Turkey (2016). By focusing attention on one country per year, we provide our students with experiences and insights to help them become global citizens.
Kenya is Our Focus in 2017
In 2017, in order to commemorate our 15-year relationship with the Enkijape School, our sister school, we will study Kenya. Last spring we were fortunate enough to welcome Jeremiah Solonka to campus. Jeremiah was the recipient of the first scholarship we funded to allow a promising eighth grader to go to high school in Kenya. He has since graduated from both high school and college and is currently a high school math teacher in Kenya.