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We believe the world our students inhabit will need global leaders and problem-solvers, ready to approach challenges from multiple perspectives with a cross-cultural fluency. We are committed to preparing students for a positive, productive future, and that includes their recognizing and appreciating one’s individual role in the world. We wish to see all York graduates with the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. To do so requires intercultural development, which functions on a continuum, and therefore we develop students’ understanding of multiple perspectives and cultures if they are to both achieve an adaptation perspective and act as leaders in a global society. 
Distinguished Global Scholars Certificate

The York Distinguished Global Scholar Certificate recognizes students who have achieved excellence in developing the knowledge, skills, empathy, and leadership required to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. York School is committed to preparing students for a positive, productive future, and that includes their recognizing and appreciating one’s individual role in world economics, politics, and environmental sustainability. York School believes the world our students inhabit will need global leaders and problem-solvers, ready to approach challenges from multiple perspectives with a cross-cultural fluency.
York’s Distinguished Global Scholars program affords students the opportunity to pursue studying a rigorous curriculum in internationally focused courses, traveling and studying abroad with our partners at CIEE, and generating a final project that demonstrates their commitment to understanding other perspectives and improving the common good.

Costa Rica Climate Curriculum

Beginning Spring 2023, all 10th grade York School students will travel to the edge of the cloud forest in Costa Rica for a week of experiential education at the Council on International Educational Exchange’s (CIEE) Monteverde Campus as part of York’s required curriculum.  Students attend classes by local professors and professionals to learn about the permaculture design process and how Costa Rican institutions have used this process to become a world pioneer in climate change mitigation and a leader in establishing green economic practices. Nature walks and field work inspire students to develop research questions and solutions in order to bring their learning back to the York community.

CIEE Summer Study Abroad

To help ensure York graduates are some of the best prepared students in the nation, we have entered into a partnership with CIEE, a leader in study abroad programs to offer every York student access to summer study abroad. CIEE offers three types of programs: Language and Culture; Service and Leadership; and Global Discovery. York students can choose from twenty-five destinations and experience approximately 4-week long sessions with homestay or dorm accommodations as well as an academic component designed to allow for immersion in another culture. Every York student is provided access to guaranteed scholarships for this program.

CIEE is a nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization that transforms lives and builds bridges between individuals and nations by sponsoring a wide variety of opportunities for the exchange of ideas and experiences. CIEE helps people develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world, and contributes to a more peaceful global community by humanizing international relations.

Model UN

Model UN uses a simulation learning model to enable students to understand complex issues by role-playing as specific nations and organizations. York has attended conferences at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, the Lyceum in Monterey, and various conferences hosted by secondary schools in the Bay Area. At these conferences, students have debated and negotiated resolutions on a range of topics, including the Syrian refugee crisis, the opioid crisis, Northern Ireland, Brexit, The Treaty of Versailles, Watergate, cyber warfare and election interference, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Students meet weekly for training, practice, and preparation.

Our Model UN program helps students gain valuable debate, negotiation, and public speaking skills, while learning about international affairs and global issues as well as raising awareness of local, national, and global issues and helping to prepare students to be knowledgeable global citizens and leaders.

Forums and Lectures

York students have the opportunity to participate in three programs: the Critical Issues Forum, the Panetta Lecture Series, and the World Affairs Council Luncheon Lectures. The Critical Issues Forum is an international high school conference on nuclear nonproliferation organized by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation at MIIS. The Panetta Lecture Series and the World Affairs Council bring world-renown experts and public figures to Monterey to speak on issues of international importance.

Clubs and Honor Societies

Relevant club offerings include:
  • Asian Culture Club
  • Hispanic Culture Club
  • Japanese Culture Club
  • National Chinese Honor Society
  • Société Honoraire de Français (French National Honor Society)
  • Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish National Honor Society)
  • Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society


List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Elizabeth Siarny

    Elizabeth Siarny 

    History Department Chair; Director of Global Programs & Service Learning
  • Photo of Jenny Nadaner

    Jenny Nadaner 

    World Languages (Spanish); Global Programs

2022-2023 Global Scholars

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