A curriculum that stirs appreciation for various cultures, including one’s own, is increasingly important for the fulfillment of The Country School’s mission. Our teachers work to foster respect for individual and cultural differences, believing that an understanding of our common humanity will help students assume their responsibility as Americans and citizens of the world.
Through classroom work, field trips, cultural events, service learning, visiting speakers and artists, and technology capable of linking our classrooms to others across the globe, we help prepare our students for the increasingly complex, global community they will inhabit.
A Focus on Global Languages
The study of global languages is a cornerstone of that philosophy, and for each of our students ― whether age 3 or 14 ― it is a core academic subject. Not only are Country School students exposed to global languages, starting with Spanish at age 3, but they learn about the history, climate, and culture of the people and countries they study. Although a primary goal is certainly effective communication ― the ability to speak and correspond in a foreign language ― an equally important goal is understanding, and embracing, both our differences and our interconnectedness.
Below, students share a Spanish exercise at Lower School Meeting.