THINK Global School

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A World Class Education
for a Changing World

The Changemaker Curriculum combines academic rigor with a global outlook

We believe that education should connect you to the world around you, providing context and insight into today’s most pressing issues. Drawing from the 21st Century’s most innovative and effective educational models, the Changemaker Curriculum combines high academic standards with interdisciplinary, project-based learning—so your environment informs your studies and your studies give meaning to your environment.

Through development in three key areas, the Changemaker Curriculum builds informed, intelligent global citizens who are empowered to enact real and lasting change.

Mastery

The Changemaker Curriculum focuses on mastering skills and concepts instead of regurgitating facts. We divide level of mastery into three stages: Apprentice (can remember and understand), Specialist (can analyze, evaluate, and apply), and Master (can create new ideas and teach others). At THINK Global School, you’ll gain a level of Specialist or higher in academic disciplines including mathematics, science, English, social science, world language, art, physical education and health, and careers, while attaining Mastership of the subjects that intrigue you most.

Autonomy

Through a robust advisory program and continuous, constructive academic feedback, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to become a self-guided learner and remain engaged in learning throughout your life.

Purpose

Developing as an individual is important, but it’s just as important to develop a sense of belonging to something greater than yourself. No matter how you choose to create change, we’re devoted to helping you find the causes you’re passionate about and figure out how to make a real and lasting difference.

Curiosity is the engine of achievement. – Sir Ken Robinson

How Changemakers Learn

The Changemaker Curriculum does more than make you a rock-solid college candidate and prepare you for post-secondary education and beyond. Through a combination of learning modalities that make the most of our travels, it’s designed to help you find your own way to becoming a passionate and multifaceted citizen able to adapt and thrive in an increasingly globalized world.

Project-Based Learning Modules

In each country you’ll select an interdisciplinary, project-based learning module designed to help you answer key questions about the world around you while immersing yourself in multiple academic subjects at once. These seven-week modules are led by faculty members, yet structured to allow you agency and flexibility to learn in ways that work for you.

These are just a few examples of project-based learning modules that THINK Global School students have completed in the past:

Project Spotlight

India’s Tea Business and the Global Economy

How does tea get from the Indian province of Kerala to mugs worldwide? In this module, students learned the science and culture of tea farming amidst the tea fields of Kanan Devan Hills, then applied their findings to create a viable business plan, financial model, marketing scheme, ad campaign, and sales pitch for a global tea brand.

Explore our tea project

 

Social Advocacy in Costa Rica

What can Costa Rica’s commitment to biodiversity teach us about advocacy and action? In Costa Rica, students pursued individual advocacy projects in which they picked a topic, researched causes, and created a 360º advocacy campaign to raise awareness and posit solutions to a crisis facing Central America today.

 

Bhutan’s Quest for Happiness

How does a tiny Buddhist monarchy define success as a country? By studying Bhutan’s Gross Happiness Index and exploring its culture and terrain alongside local economists, philosophers, and monks, students opened up new areas of inquiry in philosophy, geography, religion, and economics, culminating in a multimedia exhibition showcasing their learnings.

 

 

Project Spotlight

On Homer’s Home Turf: Retracing The Odyssey in Greece

What can tracing Odysseus’ footsteps through the Grecian islands teach us about the hero’s journey? Students boarded a sailboat and took to the Ionian Sea to learn literature, history, geography, and navigation, completing artistic and interpretive projects along with tests and papers to demonstrate their newfound knowledge.

Explore our Odyssey project

 

Independent Studies

With the guidance of your academic advisor, you’ll pursue 2-3 independent academic projects per semester. These can take the form of completing an additional AP course, conducting scientific research and presenting your findings, or creating a paper or presentation to document your new understanding of an element of local culture or history. Your academic advisor will help plan and evaluate your independent studies, tracking them against the school’s learning targets to ensure that you’re getting a well-rounded education covering all academic disciplines.

Advanced Placement

Regardless of your chosen independent studies, participation in the Changemaker Curriculum automatically prepares you for five Advanced Placement exams: AP Research, AP Seminar, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, and AP Statistics. Participation in these exams is optional but encouraged. If you’d like to prepare for additional AP exams, your academic advisor will work with you to develop a course of self-study that enables you to do so.

The Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is a multi-term individual project on the topic of your choice that culminates in a presentation to the THINK Global School community before graduation. Capstone Projects may take the form of studying a global issue and designing a product or program to help address it, conducting a scientific study and presenting your findings, creating a documentary film, or other creative ways to demonstrate mastery of a subject.

Academic Portfolio

As you make your way through the Changemaker Curriculum you’ll create multiple forms of academic output such as research papers, multimedia presentations, films, works of art, and creative writing. These projects go into your academic portfolio, a digital collection that showcases your progress for evaluation and assessment. As you near matriculation, you’ll edit your academic portfolio to show a body of your strongest work to universities and colleges.

Social and Emotional Development

Studies have shown a direct correlation between emotional health and learning effectiveness, which is why we make your personal growth an integral part of your education. Our comprehensive student wellness program focuses on social and emotional learning, the mind-body connection, character, and mindfulness. You’ll work with your advisor to craft an evolving personal wellness plan that may involve yoga and meditation one semester, self-discovery and social mediation the next, and organizing a soccer league the following. The result? Our students graduate as grounded, centered individuals with exceptional empathy and strong interpersonal skills.

Service Learning

Nothing embodies our core value of empathy more than the Changemaker Curriculum’s service learning component. Our service learning program is driven by a student-community partnership in which students identify real needs and work with one another and community leaders to actively address them. Service learning projects in the past have involved advocating for indigenous land rights, teaching English, building and repairing schools, and demonstrating the basics of dental and female hygiene to schoolchildren. Students can expect to lead and take part in community efforts that resonate with their passions and evolve depending on where we are in the world.

Our Teachers Don’t Just Change Minds. They Also Change Lives.

At THINK Global School, we select the finest teachers from around the world. Hailing from backgrounds as diverse as our travels, these enthusiastic educators and born innovators have just one thing in common: a passion for guiding learning in a way that puts students first. You’ll never find our teachers droning on at the front of a classroom. Instead they plan and oversee interdisciplinary projects, act as sounding boards for independent studies, moderate discussions, suggest readings, assist with media production, lead adventure tours, critique essays, comment on blog posts, and introduce you to new apps and software, all with the goal of making you a thoughtful, well-rounded citizen of the world.

With a competitive faculty/student ratio of just 1:5 you’ll receive ample personal attention and opportunities to grow. Our teachers provide you with the framework of a rigorous project-based learning curriculum, but we encourage you to pursue your passion projects and take your learning into your own hands. This is your education, and only you know how to get the most out of it.

An Academic Calendar for
Non-Stop Learning

Eight weeks on. Five weeks off. All year long. Our unique academic calendar fully immerses you in four countries a year, taking advantage of the best times to explore climates ranging from tropical jungles to icy fjords. It also offers more time off to process your experiences, pursue internships or independent studies, or simply relax with friends and family back home.

Each session begins with one week of online preparation that can be done from home (or anywhere!). During this week you’ll select your project-based learning module, finalize your areas for independent study, begin research assignments, and ramp up cultural and language skills.

The online preparation week ensures that you waste no time diving into life in your new host country, where you’ll spend seven weeks pursuing group and independent projects directly related to your environment. Expect to fill your days with exploration, experiments, lectures, field trips, scientific and mathematical modeling, reading and writing, physical activity, documenting your experiences—and, of course, plenty of time to rest, relax, and socialize!

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If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.  –  John Dewey

Making the Case for Change

What happens when you build your curriculum around students instead of the other way around? You get learners who are active, engaged, curious, and driven…and outperform their traditionally-educated peers on global academic performance exams regardless of socioeconomic factors.

At THINK Global School, we’ve based our curriculum on the most effective educational models from around the world. We’re inspired by great pedagogical thinkers including Kurt Hahn, John Dewey, Sir Ken Robinson, Paulo Friere, Sugata Mitra, Reggio Emilia, John Holt, John Taylor Gotto, and Daniel Pink. Although they each bring different viewpoints to the table, their philosophies all boil down to the same idea: teach to individual students, giving them the tools and environments they need to succeed.

We believe in hiring the best teachers, giving them the freedom to design the most effective learning modules, and trusting students to guide their own education. The result? Students who don’t just excel academically, but enter the world with passion, curiosity, and a genuine love of learning.

Ready to embark on the educational journey of a lifetime?

A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.

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Ready to embark on the educational journey of a lifetime?

A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.

It all starts here.

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