Berkeley Carroll’s mission statement ends with a commitment to prepare students for “a life of critical, ethical and global thinking.” The interconnectedness of the modern world, the explosive growth of technology and its impact on how we communicate, as well as the profound challenges the world now faces, call for an education that pushes beyond the boundaries of traditional subjects.
A 21st century education -- the kind that fosters critical, ethical and global thinking -- means building interdisciplinary connections throughout our programs, incorporating technology to take full advantage of its possibilities for cross-cultural connection, and deeper understanding and new forms of expression, and offering academic travel programs that amplify the interdisciplinary curriculum.
Global Education at Berkeley Carroll begins in the Lower School with several initiatives including our partial-immersion Spanish program , which reflects our belief that a global citizen should be proficient in at least one language other than English and our iPad initiative, which starts in third grade.
Our Middle School’s fully interdisciplinary Humanities program encourages students in grades 5-8 to draw upon history, literature, philosophy, geography and anthropology to better understand the world. Project Brooklyn and Beyond is a two-day program in June for which Middle School faculty lead small teams of students on such explorations as a study of New York City bridges, experiences with urban fishing and urban farms, and an introduction to the history and culture of the local Haitian community. Every year, the entire 8th grade travels to Wyoming for hands-on fieldwork at the Teton Science School, developing an appreciation for their role as stewards of the environment as they do so. Students in grades 7 and 8 may participate in an annual March program to Costa Rica that focuses on community development and leadership.
In the Upper School, our English and history electives offer opportunities to spend an entire semester exploring topics like African postcolonial literature, Middle Eastern history, Modern India, and the political writer in exile. We offer a rigorous online course in Arabic and a live elective course in Mandarin through partnership with the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University and ABC Language School. We run annual programs to India and Tanzania, open to students in grades 10-12, that are rooted in the academic curriculum and focus on local solutions to global issues and leadership. And the World Languages Department runs annual language immersion programs in Cap d’Ail, France and Granada, Spain.