We believe that exposure to multiple perspectives and cultures is a powerful educational force that prepares students to be leaders in the global society. Our students are exposed to the world’s diversity through a number of global programs, in addition to the diversity of cultures, religions, languages, and family backgrounds represented on the York campus.
In addition to other challenging courses, York students are required to take three years of a world language. Their options are Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese. Learning a second language enables students to see the world through someone else’s eyes, and to learn to communicate. It also heightens awareness of cultural traditions and patterns.
International students bring unique ideas to the classroom, challenging all students to think globally. The presence of international students is welcomed and encouraged in order to enhance the educational experience for all students.
York School works in partnership with The Cambridge Network to admit motivated and qualified international students who wish to complete their secondary education in the United States. This is another way for the York community to engage with cultures, perspectives, and ideas beyond our own borders, enabling our students to participate in an ever expanding global society.
In addition, York has participated in the AFS Intercultural Program for the past 30 years. Hosting a student each year from various countries around the world, this program allows our students to connect with and experience other cultures.
While summers are great for a little R&R, they’re also great for a little adventure! Enter York’s partner—CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange, a leader in study abroad and intercultural exchange programs.
In an effort not only to teach students about other cultures, but also to immerse them in new customs, habits, and perspectives, York encourages students to spend part of the summer studying abroad with CIEE. Founded in 1947, CIEE’s mission is to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world—something we at York also hope to do.
Through our partnership, York has been designated a CIEE Global Navigator School, one of only 100 select schools in the United States. This designation reserves extra funding to help make these experiences possible for students. Thanks to generous supporter, York is the only school in the United States where every student has the opportunity to receive a scholarship. With at least 35% of program costs covered through a scholarship, more depending on financial need, a life-changing experience awaits our students and community. Students choose from more than 40 amazing destinations across the world and three types of programs:
- Language and Culture—students build up their fluency as they stay with host families and balance interactive instruction time with fun cultural excursions
- Service and Leadership—Developed in partnership with local NGOs, these programs allow students to serve a cause close to their hearts, while also enjoying local adventures and interactions with the local community
- Global Discovery—students will dive into a new world of possibilities with hands-on, global projects that bring learning to life
And so the Global Navigator experience doesn’t stay abroad, travelers share their experiences with the community when they return to school in the fall.
York students have an opportunity to participate in optional, educational trips during breaks throughout the year. These group excursions, led by York teachers, allow students to experience a new culture first hand and bring classroom instruction to life. Trips in the past have included Spain, Greece, Italy, France, Japan, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos Islands. Experiencing new cultures encourages complex and creative thinking. Knowledge and understanding gained while abroad will continue to serve students throughout their York education and beyond.