Global Leadership Program


    The Global Leadership Program (www.EssexGLP.orgis an interdisciplinary program focused on cross-cultural competency, leadership development, and 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 diploma to recognize and reward their pursuit of learning and experiences in fields with an international dimension. Students can apply for the program as early as ninth grade. Tenth through twelfth grade students may also apply.

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Endorsement requirements

  • To earn the Global Leadership Program Endorsement, students must complete the following:

    • Three years of study of one world language
    • Internship (Course Number B340 .5 credits). For 11th and 12th grade students and facilitated by EHS Career Development Coordinator and GLP Director
    • Two half-credit courses or one full credit course from the following globally-themed courses list. (Note: Requirements may also satisfy graduation requirements.)  
      •  AP Comparative Government and Politics (.5 Social Studies credit)
      •  AP World History (1 World Studies credit)
      •  Current Issues (.5 Social Studies credit)
      •  Facing History and Ourselves (.5 Social Studies credit)
      •  Introduction to World Geography (.5 Social Studies credit)
      •  World Cultures (.5 Social Studies credit)
      •  Multicultural Literature (.5 English credit)
      •  Public Speaking (.5 English credit)
      •  World Literature (.5 English credit)
      •  Belize Field Study (.5 Natural Science credit)
      •  Designing Solutions to Global Challenges (1 Physical Science credit)
    • TED Talk
      • GLP students in grades 11 and 12 complete capstone projects in the form a Ted Talk before an audience, sharing in-depth knowledge about and passion for an important globally-themed topic that supports post high school graduation goals
      • Researched and prepared with the support of the GLP Faculty advisor in the fall of 2018
    • 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

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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