Global Learning

Growing Global Citizens

In today’s interconnected world a global perspective is an educational imperative. At Northwest, that commitment goes beyond a host of international education opportunities. It’s built in to everyday school life. Students pursue significant global studies in each grade, and our school community is enriched by the presence and viewpoints of students from more than 12 countries each year.

International Educational Opportunities

Our students have multiple opportunities to travel abroad for two-week trips to El Salvador, China, France, Spain, and Taiwan. And our Study Abroad Program allows students to live for one trimester with host families and attend school at our Partner Schools in China, France, Spain, and Taiwan.

A lot of the important pieces I needed for international work I gained at Northwest: I started studying Japanese and made a best friend who was Japanese; I was introduced to international issues and also to environmental awareness – I learned the larger effect of what we do around the world.

Aaron Sterr '92

Production Services Manager, Trading Screen

An Enduring Commitment

At Northwest School, we graduate students who can:

  • Understand and articulate their own cultural beliefs and practices
  • Relate cultural beliefs and practices to current and historical, social, political, and economic realities
  • Read cultural cues and interact with others in culturally sensitive and appropriate ways
  • Communicate in more than one modern language
  • Recognize the ways in which social, economic, and cultural constructs and issues influence the global economy, environment, and politics
  • Engage with organizations and communities to develop an understanding of how to make a positive impact on the world