Global Leadership Program


    The Global Leadership Program (www.EssexGLP.orgis an interdisciplinary program focused on cross-cultural communication and competency, leadership development, and foreign language acquisition.

    GLP is designed for students who wish to prepare for study, travel, and work in an increasingly competitive and global economy. The program involves a flexible combination of globally-focused coursework, internships, events, and activities that are customized to students’ personal, academic and professional goals.

    Upon graduation, students receive a GLP endorsement on their diplomas to recognize and reward their pursuit of learning and experiences in fields with an international dimension. Students in all grades may apply.

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  •  Endorsement Requirements 

    • Three years of study of one world language, which may include study through dual enrollment at a college or unversity, or online enrollment. Alternatively, a student may elect to study two years each of French or Spanish for a minimum of four credits of World Language. (Note: Students whose second language is English may seek a waiver of this requirement.)


    • Three semester courses OR one full year course plus a semester course from the following globally-themed courses list. (Note: GLP requirements may also satisfy graduation requirements.)  
      •  English
        • Public Speaking (.5)
        • World Literature (.5)
      •  Fine Arts
        • World Drumming (.5)
      • Internship 
        • EHS Internship B340 (.5) Students in grades 11 or 12 complete an internship, in conjunction with the course facilitated by the EHS Internship Coordinator, with a GLP employer or organization.
      • Social Studies
        • AP Comparative Government and Politics (1.0)
        • AP Economics (1.0)
        • AP World History (1.0)
        • Current Issues (.5)
        • Facing History and Ourselves (.5)
        • Introduction to World Geography (.5)
        • World Cultures (.5)
      • Science
        • Belize Field Study (.5 Natural Science credit)
        • Designing Solutions to Global Challenges (1 Physical Science credit)


    • Senior Practicum
      • GLP students participate in a highly interactive culminating practicum focused on refining cross-cultural communication skills, understanding cross-cultural competency, and building leadership skills.


    • Participation in 10 GLP Events, including, for example:
      • Guest lectures
      • Workshops
      • Performances
      • Conferences
      • Film series
      • International Exchange Program participation (Tour Guide, Student Ambassador, Student Host, Scholarship student host, Student Traveler)
      • Off-campus events such as: Rowland Foundation Conference, Rotary meetings and/or presentations, University of Vermont lecture series and events, World Affairs Council lectures and events
  • Key Program Benefits 

    • Skills and knowledge that support future success in a global economy

    • Opportunities to grow a pre-professional network that supports summer internships and jobs, college applications, and valuable experiences through participation in GLP internships, guest lectures, and UVM and other off-campus events

    • Planning for short term, semester, or year-long study abroad programs in high school or college

    • Program can be completed as a stand-alone academy or concurrently with AVPA or STEM

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