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Global Education

Dana Hall promotes both knowledge about the people and cultures of the world and fosters the growth of an empathetic mindset.
Global Education at Dana Hall begins with an acknowledgement of diversity. The objective is to encourage an appreciation for this diversity and an understanding that there are contexts for human behavior and events. Through varied coursework, international experiences and language study, students make connections and examine a wide range of perspectives, including their own. With these skills, students are able to address concerns for people and their environments across the globe with informed, thoughtful and respectful responses.

The Global Scholar's Certificate Program

The Global Scholar's Certificate Program has four components:

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    • Activities that expand a student's exposure to other cultures either at Dana Hall or off campus, including concerts, workshops, clubs or excursions

    • Courses which incorporate curriculum that supports the global education mission, including language classes

    • Program that directly addresses the global education mission.

    • Travel of a sustained nature that immerses the student in another culture

    The 9th and 10th grade curriculum is incorporated into other required courses. Students in 11th must choose to participate in a Sustainability Program (including an environmental project) and students in 12th grade must enroll in a minor course seminar (with a Senior Project component in the spring) to meet the requirements for the Global Scholar's Certificate.

    For more details about the Global Scholar's Certificate, contact Social Studies teacher .

    Exchange programs

    Dana Hall participates in exchange programs with three international girls’ schools: Ruyton School In Melbourne, Australia, the Tokyo Jogakkan School in Tokyo, Japan and the Sansueña School in Zaragoza, Spain.

    School Year Abroad

    SYA is a year-long program recognized by Dana Hall that provides opportunities to juniors to study abroad in China, France, Italy and Spain.

    School for Ethics and Global Leadership

    Dana Hall is a member of the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, D.C., a semester-long program for juniors interested in ethical thinking, leadership, development and international affairs.

    School-Sponsored Trips

    Dana Hall sponsors trips abroad that are guided by faculty and typically take place during Spring Break. Recent trips have included study in Canada, China, France, Guatemala, Italy, Russia and South Africa.

    Area Studies Symposium

    Each year, Upper School Social Studies students participate in a day-long Area Studies Symposium. The interactive map below displays the environmental information students compiled for the 2015 Symposium. Each push pin, if clicked, will reveal a student's environmental findings.

    Spring Break Travel

    Dana Hall sponsors trips abroad that are guided by School faculty and take place during Spring Break. Recent trips have included study in Spain, Canada, China, France, Guatemala, Italy, Russia and South Africa.


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    • Elizabeth Fulham ’16 (left) and Mary Fulham ’13

      Sisters Visit Sister School

      Mary Fulham ’13 and Elizabeth Fulham ’16 traveled to Japan in September to help students at Tokyo Jogakkan School prepare for their annual Model UN conference.
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    • L. Rashes ’20 leads a group discussion

      Lessons in International Relations

      Students from the Tokyo Jogakkan School visited Dana Hall last week to strengthen their Model UN skills.
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    • Photo credit: Annica Ahlstrom

      Summer Session

      Jacqui Bloomberg, Upper School Latin teacher, taught at an immersion retreat for beginning Latin speakers.
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    • Photos by Heather Panahi

      Wishes for Peace

      Student representatives from Model UN, SHADES, Kesher, Salaam, Fusion, Bridge and ISA celebrated the International Day of Peace with a special event.
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    • Dance

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    • Poetry project

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    • Spanish III Honors

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    • Francesca

      "In my Literature Composition I class we did a poetry unit before winter break. Our poetry project was in collaboration with a school in Turkey. We created our own websites to display our works of poetry. The last day of school before winter break we were able to Skype with the kids from the school in Turkey, and it was so much fun to interact with students who were so far away. We were able to learn what their school was like, and how their classes worked."