One aspect of global studies is focused on our world language program. Students begin with Spanish in kindergarten, then at sixth grade continue with it, or choose Latin or Mandarin. The curriculum is designed to help students learn important language acquisition skills, increase their understanding of their own language, and become aware of modern and historical cultures which have had a major impact on our American culture. This exposure through language allows students to access another culture through communication. Students travel to countries like Spain, Costa Rica, Italy, or China, depending on their chosen language. First-hand experiences across the globe allow students to apply their knowledge and better understand their role as world citizens.
Seventh Grade Geography
The goal of the seventh grade geography curriculum is to help students understand their place in the global community. The class is designed so that students will have a better understanding of physical geography and how geography affects the development of culture and tradition. Students will continue to build upon their current knowledge base and apply that knowledge to past events as well as new and challenging events facing the world today. As students go forward in their academic careers, they will be prepared to become successful and productive citizens of the world.
Earthwatch trips are excursions for teachers to travel for scientific learning. These trips allow our educators to refresh their knowledge in a direct manner, which they then share with students. These trips enable our teachers to create current, applicable lessons to best uphold our established curriculum, and gain a global perspective on cultural and scientific developments. Past Earthwatch trips our teachers have taken include studying leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica, small mammals in Nova Scotia, koalas in Australia, bees and butterflies in the Indian Himalayas, and coral reef in the Bahamas. In 2011, a Fund-A-Need campaign for our school’s annual benefit helped fund Earthwatch trips. The resulting knowledge brought back has greatly benefited our students by allowing them to learn in-depth about current scientific phenomena.
Mbahe Primary School
Lastly, a final focus of our global studies program is through our sister school in Mbahe, Tanzania. Many faculty and staff members have traveled to Tanzania to understand the rich culture and methods of education across the globe. These teachers have brought back a better understanding of these differences, which they can pass on to their students - some of whom have visited Mbahe themselves after graduating due to their years of learning about our sister students. The program was started by Joan Coleman, our former Business Director, who said, “I went to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2005 and stayed on a farm in the village of Mbahe. When I visited Mbahe Primary School there were so many similarities to HDS: similar uniforms, number of students, but no electricity nor school supplies. When I returned and told the story with photos, our student body was hooked! Since then, over twenty members of the HDS family have traveled to Mbahe.”
Harbor Day School
Harbor Day School is a co-educational private independent K-8 school established in 1952.