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International Education

Overview


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
Asia Society

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


  • International Education GraphicAcademic Excellence
  • Global perspective
  • World Languages 
  • Technology
  • Innovative Teaching
  • Cultural Competency
  • Partnerships










Goals


  • 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.
     

Current Initiatives


  • 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.

Additional Resources


  • 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.

Contact Us

Karen Kodama
International Education Administrator
(206) 252-0191

International Schools

Visit our School Directory for school website links.

North
John Stanford International School
McDonald International School
Hamilton International Middle School
Ingraham High School - an International School 

West
Concord International School
Elementary School (TBD)
Denny International Middle School
Chief Sealth International High School

South
Beacon Hill International School
Dearborn Park Elementary School (International designation TBD)
Mercer Middle School (International designation TBD)
Rainier Beach High School (International designation TBD)

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