Global Citizenship

The Country School facilitates an understanding of and engagement with the broader world through deliberate programs and activities designed to encourage students to embrace differences, explore new perspectives, and find common ground in a multicultural world. Through in-depth international studies at all grade levels, our PreSchool-Grade 8 Global Language Curriculum, a diverse and inclusive school community, and visiting speakers, artists, and authors, our students gain an appreciation for perspectives and cultures beyond their own. Other opportunities to gain a broader world view come through our International Students Program, IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Empathy, Action) events and celebrations, international school trips, service learning projects, and extracurricular offerings such as Middle School Model UN, global language expos, and the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools' Student Diversity Leadership Conference.

Read The Country School and the World, an article about our efforts to develop global citizens.

Above, Nour Al Zouabi, a high school student whose family arrived in the U.S. as refugees from Syria, talks with students about her work to support children in crisis across the globe.

Our school mission calls upon students to work collaboratively and serve the common good, while one of our three major school rules asks them to take responsibility for themselves and their world. Developing global citizens is an essential goal of our 11-year program, aimed at preparing graduates to lead in an increasingly complex, interconnected, global community.

4th Graders sing "Good Morning" in eight different languages. Many of the students are singing in their families' native tongue.