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GSP Into Meeting 2020-21

Registration Information for the

2021-22 School Year

This document will let you know what courses you need to register for. The registration portal will open Jan. 11 to register for elective classes only. Counselors will enroll students in core classes. Individual meetings with counselors to finalize schedules will begin Jan. 25 and will occur during 1st block.

Incoming freshmen: all you need to do is register for World Humanities. If you have already registered, call the school and speak with a counselor to add World Humanities to your schedule. Let them know you want to be part of the Global Studies Program!

If you have questions or would like to meet with Ms. Williams to discuss your options, please send an email to You can also contact Ms. Hoyle and Ms. Sattler if you have questions about AP Seminar (Hoyle) or AP Research (Sattler).


Our graduation ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, June 1 at 12:30 pm. If Covid protocols allow, we will have our ceremony at Bojangles Coliseum. Seniors should order their cap and gown ASAP. We will have information on our Global Studies honor stoles in the coming weeks.

Seniors, remember you must complete TWO Global Experiences and all course requirements to receive the Global Studies seal on your diploma.

Global Experience Reflection Form

Course Requirements

Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year!

All of us in the Big I Global Studies Program are excited to welcome students and families to the new school year. Of course, this year is unprecedented in American history and will certainly require all of us to be flexible and open to new experiences.

The challenges faced by the worldwide pandemic serve as a reminder that we are part of a global community. In his final public statement, Congressman John Lewis reminded us that "each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself." The concept of the Beloved Community was popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King, who envisioned a world not free of conflict, but one that resolved conflict through nonviolent means. In the Beloved Community, international standards of decency do not tolerate hunger, poverty, homelessness, racism, and any form of discrimination. This is the underlying mission of the Global Studies Program at Independence: to help students develop a global perspective that enables them to approach conflict and develop solutions to problems through a lens of social and economic justice. The Global Studies Program at IHS will use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a basis for exploring world issues. You can find the SDGs here.

Implications of Remote Instruction

The Global Studies Program is reliant on extracurricular activities, such as field trips and academic competitions. At this point, all field trips are suspended and we do not know if activities such as Model United Nations will have competitions this year. Likewise, all cultural festivals have been postponed or cancelled. We are dedicated to continuing to provide opportunities for Global Studies students to grow as global citizens this school year. As such, we will send out a monthly newsletter that has information to help students and families stay connected with the Global Studies Program. Each month, we will focus on one of the UN Global Goals and will offer information on how students can explore issues related to that goal. The newsletter will also provide examples of ways students can earn Global Experience Hours related to the month's goal. Students who are enrolled in World Humanities/Freshman Seminar will be connected through that course in the Fall semester as well. If you have suggestions for ways to help our students develop their global competency skills during this time of remote learning, please reach out to Ms. Williams.


Students: text @2898ec to the number 81010

(You will receive a welcome text from Remind. If anyone has trouble with 81010, they can try texting @2898ec to (864) 336-2286)

Students can also email

Families: @2adb27 to the number 81010

(You will receive a welcome text from Remind. If anyone has trouble with 81010, they can try texting @2adb27 to (864) 336-2286.)

Families can also email

Interested in signing up for the 2021-22 Global studies Program?

1. Register for World Humanities for the 2021-22 school year

2. Email Ms. Williams to let her know you are interested in the program

*registration is closed for the 2020-21 school year. If you would like to be a part of the Global Studies Program this year (and have not been part of AIS in prior years) but did not register for World Humanities, please email Ms. Williams.

International Travel OpportunitIES

*Note: all travel plans are temporarily suspended until Covid 19 restrictions are lifted