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Academics & Arts
Upper School (Grades 9-12)

Passport Travel: Grades 6-12

Laurel’s Global Education Program supports cultural competence through trips, exchanges and curriculum. Educated global citizens bring a broader perspective to their studies and learn to interact with their peers in a global arena. Follow us on Instagram @LaurelPassport!

Passport Philosophy

Throughout each division and grade, Laurel’s curriculum cultivates a keen awareness in the many cultures that populate our planet. Starting in Middle School, Laurel students become eligible to participate in the school’s signature Passport program, which encompasses semester-away and exchange partnerships with schools and communities around the world, as well as a curriculum grounded in global awareness. Whether Laurel students travel the globe literally or are immersed in it figuratively, they learn to interpret worlds different from their own and to become global citizens for the 21st Century.

How It Works

Each Passport program is motivated by two objectives: to teach students about other parts of the world, and where appropriate, to emphasize the role of service in the global environment. Individual programs might be a short-term exchange (up to one month) or a focused trip (two weeks). Our focused trips tend to occur over scheduled breaks or at the end of the year to minimize school days missed. At any point in the school year, one is likely to find international students at Laurel from one of our three partnerships with exchange programs. Many of the trips are offered on rotation; some are annual. The rotation includes a variety of offerings in terms of location, purpose/areas of emphasis, and price points.

Past Trips

Adventure Trip to West Virginia • Art/Art History Trip to Italy, France & Spain • Conservation & Social Justice in South Africa • Drama at the Stratford Festival in Canada • Literary Scholars in Ireland • Legendary London • Marine Biology & Adventure Trip to the Bahamas • Montreal & Quebec City Tour • Peru’s Ancient Cultures/Service Trip • Prague, Vienna & Budapest: Then and Now • Young Women’s Leadership in the Dominican Republic
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