Global & International Studies

The Global and International Studies (GIS) program provides students with knowledge of world regions, cultures, and international issues. Students participating in the program studies develop skills in communicating in languages other than English, working in global or cross-cultural environments, and using information from different sources around the world. An international studies program provides opportunities for students to develop a respect and concern for other cultures and people.


GIS provides students with a rigorous and engaging education. Students are challenged by taking several Pre-AP and Advanced Placement courses each year of high school as well as specialized GIS courses that provide opportunities for students to refine their academic organizational skills, analytic inquiry, oral speaking and presentation skills as well as writing talents. Student are provided the opportunity to go on field trips and listen to guest speakers.

GIS students complete year-long Capstone project, where they research and present information related to student service, global awareness or community activism.

To graduate with GIS recognition, students must pass all GIS specific courses, successfully complete the Capstone Project, and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

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