Wilbraham & Monson Academy, The Global School®, is dedicated to preparing students for successful admission to competitive colleges and for facing the challenges of global citizenship and leadership throughout their lives. Our academic program and curriculum create global thinkers by integrating the mastery of traditional core disciplines, including English, Math, Science, Foreign Language and the Arts, with the study of economics, entrepreneurship and global studies.
To help young men and women become global citizens and leaders, our approach to learning focuses on the core values of investigation, integration, interaction and innovation to address the complex problems of today and explore solutions for a better tomorrow.
- Investigate opportunities for intellectual growth
- Integrate by seeking intercultural connections
- Interact with others respectfully and effectively
- Innovate by practicing critical reasoning and entrepreneurial thinking skills
The WMA Global Education approach to learning emphasizes:
- Mastering core disciplines
- Attaining insight into global issues
- Grasping market economies and global interdependencies
- Learning physical, political and human geographies
- Committing to civic engagement and sustainability
- Realizing culture is globally contextual
- Recognizing multiple problem solving methods
- Pursuing intercultural opportunities
- Choosing ethical and effective interactions
- Articulating and sharing ideas through collaboration
- Practicing entrepreneurial and creative thinking
- Utilizing 21st century tools and technologies
- Interpreting information as a global systems thinker
- Engaging in the art of public speaking
- Utilizing critical reasoning, thinking and writing skills
- Developing proficiency in a second language
- Appreciating ideas, art, and cultural differences
- Respecting and understanding people of various cultures
- Transcending biases
- Communicating innovative solutions to complex problems
Model U.N. serves as evidence of the fact that the students of today are the global leaders of tomorrow.
In the conference hosted by Harvard, 3,000 students from around the world simulate the experience of the United Nations for four intense days of debating, voting and networking.
WMA has been a strong participant in the conference, with multiple students winning awards or accepted into special committees.
WMA is a founding member of the GEBG, an organization that promotes nationwide standards in global education. Our faculty is invited to teach other schools best practices in global education through sharing information, speaking engagements and contributing to publications.
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Each year WMA offers exciting opportunities for students to travel around the country and around the world to enhance their classroom studies. Students explore the differences and interconnectedness of peoples and economies from around the world and around the nation. Trips offered vary in academic focus, such as community service, school exchange, business and design, language/culture immersion, ecology/conservation, and visual art.
The Global Scholars program provides a select group of extraordinary students opportunities for extra-curricular intellectual enrichment, including monthly lectures, special speaker series, and cultural events, which engage them in important scholarly dialogue about global issues. The Global Scholars experience incorporates research, travel, and study abroad opportunities. In the concluding year of their scholarship, all Global Scholars create and defend an in-depth independent research project concerning a global issue, culminating in a public presentation of their work.
Global Leaders, a sister program to Global Scholars, is a rigorous opt-in program focused on fulfilling the Academy’s mission of creating global citizens and leaders through cumulative tests of leadership skills. The Global Leaders program provides motivated students a program choice for which they are neither elected nor selected.
Combining the innovative curriculum of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Global Studies with a strong college preparatory program, which includes 23 Advanced Placement courses and myriad honors tracks, this Global Liberal Arts approach provides students the opportunity to work closely with caring adults in a traditional environment to acquire 21st century skills.