DCPS believes that it is imperative to prepare all students and educators as global citizens. Through our Global Programs, we provide DCPS students with equitable access to unique, global opportunities.
DCPS Global Programs prepare students to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas, and take action. Global Programs connect our deeply global city with our local students, and prepare them to engage with the world.
- Elementary school: Fifth grade students may participate in Embassy Adoption Program, including a Mini United Nations simulation. Teachers can request support from many global education partners to bring global perspectives to their classrooms via peacebuilding resources, guest speakers, and virtual exchanges.
- Middle school: Sixth grade students may participate in the Embassy Adoption Program. All sixth grade students experience the Mini United Nations as part of their Social Studies Cornerstone content. Teachers can request support from many global education partners to bring global perspectives to their classrooms via peacebuilding resources, guest speakers and virtual exchanges. Eighth grade students are eligible to apply for DCPS Study Abroad, a fully-funded short term global travel program.
- High school: Teachers can request support from global education partners to bring global perspectives to their classroom. Eleventh grade students are eligible to apply for DCPS Study Abroad, a fully-funded short term global travel program.
- Embassy Adoption Program (EAP): The EAP is a unique global education program and partnership with Washington Performing Arts that exposes DCPS students to international perspectives and cross-cultural lessons. Through direct interactions with diplomats from around the world, fifth and sixth grade students have the opportunity to learn about the language, customs, history, and culture of their partner embassy’s home country.
- DCPS International Food Days: In partnership with the DCPS Office of Food and Nutrition Services, the DCPS Global Education team celebrates the tastes and flavors of global cuisine by holding international food day events each year, featuring menus created by local embassy partners, across all DCPS schools. Utilizing the concept of food diplomacy, DCPS International Food Days introduce students to new countries and cultures through cuisine. Previous celebrations have included Ethiopian Food Day, Japanese Food Day and Belgian Food Day.
- DCPS Study Abroad: Every student deserves a world of possibilities! That's why DCPS developed a study abroad program. DCPS Study Abroad helps ensure that our global citizens have access to global experiences, so that travel becomes the expectation rather than the exception for students. Select students in middle and high school who have studied a world language are eligible for short-term study abroad programs, focused on language immersion, global leadership and/or service learning.