Our International Schools provide students with linguistic skills, higher-order thinking skills, and a global perspective that will help them to contribute to, and succeed in, a 21st century world.
“Today’s high school students will graduate into a world vastly different from that of the 20th century. To succeed in this new global age, our students will need a new skill set that goes beyond reading, math, and science to include international knowledge and skills.”
- Vivien Stewart
Vice President, Education
International Schools help students engage in intellectually rigorous schoolwork and prepare them for college, career and life. International Schools help close both the academic achievement gap as well as the “global achievement gap”.
Seven Components of International Education at SPS
- Academic Excellence
- Global perspective
- World Languages
- Innovative Teaching
- Cultural Competency
- Preparing students for success in a 21st century, Global Society.
- Engage students in rigorous, standards-based curriculum in all content areas to ensure high academic achievement.
- Develop and sustain a talented, highly skilled, dedicated and collaborative international school staff.
- Collaborate effectively with all stakeholders including: families, district staff, higher education, and local and international communities and businesses.
- Expansion of the International School pathways.
- Ongoing professional development for principals and staff of International Schools.
- Increase the diversity of the International Education Advisory Board.
- Collaborate and coordinate with the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington.
- Critical Issues in Early Second Language Learning, edited by Myriam Met, Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc, 1998.
- The Global Achievement Gap, by Tony Wagner, Basic Books, 2008.
- Language and Children, Making the Match, by Helena Curtain and Carol Ann Bjornstad Pesola, Longman Publishing Group, 1994.