Signature Programs

Global Citizenship

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 an increasingly interconnected, complex global community.
Our students gain an appreciation for perspectives and cultures beyond their own through

  • International explorations inside the classroom at the different grade levels
  • Our PreSchool-Grade 8 Global Language Curriculum,
  • A diverse and inclusive school community, and
  • Visiting speakers, artists, and authors.
Other opportunities to gain a broader world view come through our International Students Program, IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Empathy, Action) events and alliances, 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.
Inclusion, Diversity, Empathy, Action
At The Country School, we believe that embracing diversity is not just about what we think, what we see, or how we live, but about our willingness to engage in conversation and action that will bring us all to a greater understanding and a more equitable, effective result. The Country School recognizes that people with different backgrounds, skills, attitudes, and experiences bring fresh ideas, perceptions, and talents. We harness these differences as we educate our students, preparing them to take a proactive role as leaders and collaborators in an interconnected, complex world.

Although embracing diversity and fostering inclusion are long-held traditions at The Country School, in 2013, 5th Grade teacher Gabby Mbeki set out to create a special day devoted to these topics, working with her colleagues to establish a range of hands-on workshops aimed at fostering empathy and inclusion and exploring identity and diversity. Calling it IDEA Day (with IDEA standing for Interpreting Diversity Education through Action), the day was scheduled to coincide with Martin Luther King’s birthday.

IDEA Day has been held every year since, although the IDEA acronym has evolved over time. These days, the letters now stand for Inclusion, Diversity, Empathy, and Action. The notion of “IDEA” has also evolved from its initial one-day concept into an ongoing, year-round endeavor. Faculty members engage in IDEA professional development throughout the year and IDEA discussions once a month during faculty meetings.

IDEA speakers and artists are invited to campus, an IDEA student alliance meets every other week, and parents and teachers are invited to periodic IDEA conversations to discuss issues of interest or concern. Our IDEA work allows all students and teachers to explore topics related to diversity and inclusion through workshops, speakers, and reflection.
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 the global environment they will inhabit.
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Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent school serving students in PreSchool-Grade 8. The Country School is committed to active, hands-on learning and a vigorous curriculum that engages the whole child.