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Paula works to determine calcium content in Oman
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A World Class Education for a Changing World

The Changemaker Curriculum combines academic rigor with a global outlook

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

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.


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.


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.


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.

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 student-designed projects, 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 a student-designed project, 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!

Our Travel Cycle:


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:

Alicia shares her findings

Project Spotlight

Conservation and Storytelling in the Okavango Delta

How does Botswana’s government track the density and movement of wildlife in the Greater Okavango Delta? In this module, students worked with local conservation experts to recognize animal tracks, sight predominant species, and identify vegetation in Northern Botswana, with the collected data being submitted to a long-term conservation study sponsored by the government of Botswana. At the end of the module, students drew on their storytelling skills to present their scientific research during a public showcase.

The Energy Question (Japan)

By investigating and producing a national energy plan for Japan, from the perspectives of different stakeholders, participating students will be made aware of how energy sourcing impacts interdependence between different countries around the globe. During the module, students break into groups and develop an energy plan from the perspective of one of three stakeholders: 
  • Environmental NGO
  • Energy/utility company
  •  Regular citizens
At the end of the term, students present their national energy plan and evidence to back up why it should be incorporated nationwide to a panel of local officials representing a government agency. 

Scuba Squad: Marine and Coastal Studies (Oman)

In this scuba-themed module, students set out to answer the following driving question: How can we use science to inspire passion for marine tourism in Oman?

Marine life is rich and diverse in the coastal areas of Oman and is becoming a great source of national pride. Through this module, students build their awareness of marine ecosystems in a way that supports marine life sustainability. By developing skills in SCUBA diving, students experience the underwater ecosystems and collect data to enhance their understanding.

By the end of the term, students will build an informative website that aims to promote interest in sustainable marine tourism in Oman and:

  • Incorporates their marine transect study using relevant scientific equipment
  • Covers their marine habitat exploration and conclusions from pictures and data
  • Describes the interconnection between humans and marine life
  • Utilizes physics, chemistry, or biology concepts

Students will also present their findings to a panel of experts during their end-of-term project-based learning showcase.

Keo snaps photos of local Warli art

Project Spotlight

TGS Gives Through E-Commerce

How can e-commerce solutions aid local Indian economies and communities? To answer this driving question, students work in conjunction with local Mumbai craftsman to establish an e-commerce site for their artisan wares. Through these firsthand experiences with locals, students gain valuable insights into the transformation of global economics.

Student-Designed Projects

With the guidance of your academic mentor, you’ll pursue 3-5 student-designed 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 mentor will help plan and evaluate your student-designed projects, tracking them against the school’s learning targets to ensure that you’re getting a well-rounded education covering all academic disciplines.

Learning Targets
Integral to teacher-led modules and student-designed projects are learning targets, which form the backbone of the Changemaker Curriculum. At their core, learning targets provide a measuring stick against which our students can assess their acquisition of knowledge. At the start of each project or module, students select the learning targets they would like to focus on and then provide a clear statement of what they aim to accomplish through their module or project work. 
Including 21st century skills (skills to be applied to our host countries and the world), there are ten different categories containing many subcategories of learning targets, which collectively represent a broad spectrum of learning. Considering projects at THINK Global School are multidisciplinary, they typically consist of learning targets from numerous categories.
The Learning Targets categories and subcategories are:
Each of these subcategories is made up of numerous learning targets, and there are 122 learning targets in all. All students must achieve the rank of novice in all of our learning targets, the rank of specialist in 70% of our learning targets, and complete at least one mastery project to meet the graduation requirements for THINK Global School. These standards ensure that every TGS student receives a comprehensive education while also allowing them to focus on the learning targets and relevant skills they genuinely care about.
You can find a more in-depth look at learning targets here.
Advanced Placement

All students enrolled at THINK Global School participate in two Advanced Placement courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. These multidisciplinary courses, which encourage students to demonstrate critical thinking, collaboration, and academic research skills, are seamlessly incorporated into the Changemaker Curriculum through the module and personal project work that students engage in each term.

In addition to AP Seminar and AP Research, all students who attend THINK Global School have the option of self-preparing and taking any Advanced Placement exams that are offered. Students who elect to take the exams have the option to do so during the month of May each school year. Each student may take up to six exams total during the course of their THINK Global School career.

To determine if the Advanced Placement exams are necessary for their plans post-graduation, each enrolled student sits down with their advisor and counselor to determine a personalized plan. In the event that a student would like to sit one or multiple AP exams, they are assisted in developing a self-study program by their advisor and counselor.

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.

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.

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 student-designed projects, 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.

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.

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.

Apply now