GLOBAL STUDIES CURRICULUM
The world has become an ever-more connected place through the help of technology and the increased opportunity to travel, study, and work abroad. Our goal is to nurture a curiosity about and appreciation for the many unique cultures of the world, and to teach our students how to successfully navigate such a global environment.
Over the course of their studies at Pope Francis Global Academy, students will gain an understanding of various global issues considered crucial in today’s world, and also held dear by our school's namesake, Pope Francis. Awareness and appreciation of global cultures, and the desire to truly understand and improve situations throughout the world, helps our students to become good stewards and eventually, responsible leaders in today’s multi-national society.
Our global studies efforts will develop your student by providing:
An awareness of other world regions, cultures, and international issues
An ability to communicate in Spanish, as well as do research and use
information from global sources
An appreciation of different cultures, necessary in a world of increasing
diversity in our schools and workplaces
An ability to become better global citizens and understand the impact
of global issues
An opportunity to gain empathy and understanding through field trips
and service learning centered on global issues
Inspiriting a Mindful Global Consciousness
At Pope Francis Global Academy our mission begins in Pre-Kindergarten. Helping students appreciate and celebrate their differences lays the groundwork for greater understanding ofworld cultures as they grow.
Following the lead of our namesake Pope Francis, our Pre-K teachers work through age-appropriate lessons that align with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching which include themes of respect and dignity for all people, care for God’s creation, and the satisfaction drawn from of a life of service to others.
Envisioning a World of Endless Possibilities
When a child is exposed early to the sights, sounds and languages of the world around him, the foundation is laid for a life of curiosity and exploration. The global studies initiatives aligned throughout our school teach students how they fit into the bigger picture. Technology, while secondary to hands-on play in our Pre-K classrooms, is utilized for creating connections with other students and exploring cultural traditions throughout the world.
By exposing kids to big ideas and giving them the skills to navigate their world, we empower our students to set lofty goals and to become agents of positive change.
Every spring we host a celebration of cultures at each of our two campuses. Our older students (4th through 8th grade) complete research projects on different countries throughout the world, creating presentations which include information ranging from geographic location, climate, language, religion, political system, and the foods, music and cultural traditions of their chosen countries. International Night also includes many multi-cultural foods to sample as well as musical and/or cultural dance presentations by the students.