CSI High School's consistent, curriculum-wide emphasis on the infusion of international content and study of international issues provides a unifying framework for the school's instructional program. This theme not only provides a common focus in the development and adaptation of course content, it stimulates the development of common habits of mind such as analyzing the validity of information from a variety of perspectives, exploring and understanding linkages across cultural, economic and political lines, and understanding the significance of the past with respect to current events.

As a benefit of our collaboration with the College of Staten Island, students will have access to the college’s wireless educational technology, the library, a multimedia language laboratory, science and computer laboratories, art spaces, and sports and recreation facilities. CSI college students will serve as tutors to work with all students as needed and English Language Learners will be matched with mentors. For advanced students, there will be ample opportunities for enrichment, including enrollment in credit bearing college courses.


The mission of The College of Staten Island (CSI) High School for International Studies is to prepare students for college and, ultimately, success in an interconnected world. All students will study world history, languages and affairs; all classes focus on developing student literacy and critical thinking skills. When students graduate from this innovative, small school, they will have the necessary knowledge and skills to build a strong foundation for a career in an internationally oriented profession and to participate responsibly and ethically as a global citizen.

Small schools mean rigor, relevance and relationships 
A dedicated expert faculty provides rigorous, inquiry-based instruction and lead small advisory groups, which gives focused guidance to every student throughout the high school years. Currently, the high school has 114 students.

What are international studies? 
International studies means learning about the geography, history, culture and languages of other world regions. All courses will examine themes of international interdependency.

Why does it matter? 
Currently, one in six U.S. jobs is tied to international trade. Careers in the arts, science, academia, healthcare and many other sectors also depend on international exchange. This will only increase in the coming decades. The world of tomorrow is being shaped in CSI High School's classrooms today.

Community partners 
The CSI High School for International Studies is located on The College of Staten Island campus, but is a New York City Department of Education Region 7 public high school. It is made possible through a partnership with The College of Staten Island and Asia Society and generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To learn more about international studies and the community partners, click here.