Greenwich Academy looks to future

As the new school year continues, Greenwich Academy (GA) has announced the launch of its “Initiatives for the Future” which is described by the school as “a springboard for exciting new programs designed to help girls and young women develop the skills they will need to become leaders in the 21st century.”

Associate Head of School, as well as director of the Initiatives for the Future, Mark Feiner said, “GA is as strong as it is because it endeavors, always, to improve itself. Our faculty is always innovating, and many of the Initiatives for the Future are the outgrowth of that innovation. If there is a mission that links all of the initiatives, it is the desire for our students to see the entire world as their campus and to believe that with the right combination of intellect, creativity and character, they can help to make that world a better place.”

Head of School Molly King added, “Some initiatives have already been launched with great success and will surely continue to grow. Others will begin in the immediate future, including our exciting new partnerships with Shanghai No. 3 Girls’ School and the Global Online Academy.”

The Shanghai No. 3 Girls’ School has a distinguished history all the way back to 1892, of educating some of China’s most talented young girls. According to GA, the two schools share “a strong commitment to academic excellence, service and global citizenship.”

The relationship between the two schools will extend to all students on both campuses and the girls learning Mandarin will serve as hosts for the visiting students and faculty. Additionally, GA girls and faculty will be invited to visit Shanghai in March 2013, where they will have an opportunity to attend classes and live with host families. Students from both schools will be able to practice their language skills and deepen their knowledge of each other’s cultures. Mrs. King and new Chairman of the Board Tim Morris will be visiting No. 3 School in November to attend the inaugural ceremony for this partnership.

Director of Global Initiatives Connie Blunden said, “The most powerful tool for the 21st century will be the ability to form meaningful relationships with people from around the world. From there all things will be possible. No. 3 Girls’ and Greenwich Academy both value the building of such relationships and understand the transformative nature of cross-cultural exchanges. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome their students to our campus this year and look forward to our time in China.”

Greenwich Academy will also participate in the Global Online Academy (GOA), which the school says will be “another game-changer in the education of students.”

“It would not be an overstatement to say that online education initiatives represent the biggest pedagogical shift of the 21st century,” Duff Center for STEM Initiatives Director Ann Decker said.

The 22 world-class member schools of the GOA have come together to offer a diverse array of online courses. Since GOA has partners globally, students have the opportunity to interact with peers from diverse cultural backgrounds and geographical locations thus exposing them to varied opinions and points of view. Sophomores, juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to enroll in GOA courses as part of their Greenwich Academy schedule of classes, and next fall, Greenwich Academy teachers will also be offering courses through the GOA.

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