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Global Learning

Students standing at the equator on a science trip to Ecuador

Whether hiking ancient ruins in Belize or chatting about school life with new friends from Finland, Corbett Prep students have the opportunity to experience a global education at home and abroad.

Corbett Prep develops international mindedness in its students through travel, technology, and lessons that cultivate connection and respect for other cultures.

Partnerships with schools in Spain, Finland and China have led to classroom collaborations and exchange programs. Corbett Prep’s faculty works closely with educators overseas to facilitate conversations through Zoom or Flipgrid videos, and the students work on projects together and talk about differences and similarities in their daily life, their schools, and their countries. On trips centered around science or languages, students broaden their perspectives as they explore new sites and meet new people in Belize, the Galapagos, Spain, and Costa Rica.

Learn more about our Global Learning Program and the connections it builds.

PhD Candidate Kathryn Smith Rouse reviews her research before an audience.

Director of Global Learning

Kathryn Smith Rouse is Corbett Prep’s global learning director, overseeing the school’s international efforts.

 A native of Australia, Smith Rouse came to Corbett Prep as a prekindergarten teacher by way of Abu Dhabi and Indianapolis. She has more than 20 years of experience in education and loves both teaching and learning. She is currently working on her PhD in Quality Management through Mid Sweden University. 

As global learning director, Smith Rouse collaborates with Corbett Prep teachers to craft and implement internationally oriented lessons, programs, and opportunities for students.

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Broaden Your Horizons

Developing international mindedness

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Student Exchanges

Forming friendships across oceans

Corbett Prep students have the opportunity to host students from schools abroad and visit other countries, attending each others' schools, practicing a language, and gaining appreciation for other cultures.

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International Trips

Exploring the world with a science or cultural focus

Annual trips abroad introduce students and families to vibrant cultural experiences, excursions to historic sites, and environmental tours and activities.

Beyond Classroom Walls

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Classroom Collaborations

Global learning with school partners

Teachers use technology to enhance relationships with schools worldwide and provide lessons where Corbett Prep students can work with children in other countries.

Corbett Prep Academics

A kindergarten girl stands to present her diorama on her family cultural celebrations to her class.

International Baccalaureate

Corbett Prep offers the International Baccalaureate Programme for all students in PreK3-8th grade. Prekindergarten and elementary students are in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle School students participate in the Middle Years Programme (MYP). A student-led project caps off both the PYP and MYP experiences, bringing together the knowledge, skills and understanding they have gained from IB.

IB encourages students to tap into their native curiosity and develop critical thinking and inquiry skills as they learn about the world around them. Interdisciplinary learning helps students learn to connect subjects and concepts across subject areas to see a bigger picture of how their classroom learning pertains to real life. 

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“"We hosted Spanish students in sixth and eighth grade. Last summer I also got to go to Colegios Ramón y Cajal and stay with the student that I hosted in sixth grade. Whether you host or go to Spain, it's a really amazing experience as you get to not only enhance your spoken Spanish, but also learn more about their culture and live it firsthand!"
ANKITA D., CORBETT PREP CLASS OF 2024

United Nations Sustainable Goals

Corbett Prep incorporates the UN Sustainable Development Goals into classroom lessons to prepare students for active and informed global citizenship. In 2015, countries adopted this set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by the year 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals provide a path for achieving a better and more sustainable future, but success depends on everyone doing their part – government, the private sector, communities and students as well. The goals address global challenges related to inequality, climate change, peace and justice and more.

Read more about the 17 Goals