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Discover the world.
A Marymount education prepares students with the knowledge and skills required to be critical and responsible participants in our interconnected global community. Courses and co-curricular offerings across divisions are intentional in their content, scope, and sequence in order to prepare students with depth and breadth of knowledge about the world, its peoples, cultures, religions, and geographic contexts. The academic program also focuses on developing the essential skills of perspective taking and respectful communication, while also cultivating in students a strong sense of empathy, preparing them to promote the common good locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Colors of Us

In a cross-curricular unit on identity, Class I read The Colors of Us, a book which celebrates the differences and similarities that connect all people. Students created self-portraits to represent what they look like on the outside, while also completing identity maps to share who they are on the inside (likes/dislikes, family, hobbies, places they've visited, etc). In this way, students were able to learn more about what make each of their classmates uniquely special and brought a sense of unity to their classroom community.

Hands-on Explorations

During Class III social studies, students got hands on as they explored the many countries and cultures of Asia. Some highlights included: learning how to write various characters in Chinese and Japanese; reading Rickshaw Girl – a story set in Bangladesh – and learning to tie a sari like the characters wear in the book; designing original patterns for alpana and rangoli as they do in India; and mastering the art of origami paper folding.

The Contemporary World

In the Contemporary World course, Class VIII students explore the ways in which political, social, historic, and current events affect the global community today. Students develop an understanding of how people and events in one nation or region impact diverse communities in ways that increase interdependence and shape international conflicts. Through their studies, students gain an awareness of the world in which they live and their contextual place within it.

World Religions

All Class IX students begin their instruction in religious studies with a World Religions course that explores the beliefs and pracitces of the five major religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Through this class, they enhance their religious literacy while exploring what it means to be a global citizen in our contemporary world.

World Language Program

Beginning in the Upper Mid, Marymount’s world language classes in French and Spanish are taught in the target language. Over time, students gain linguistic fluency and increased cultural understanding, as well as knowledge about world events and issues. Our language immersion exchange programs in the Upper School work in concert with the mission and goals of the department to enhance students’ language skills and support the development of global competencies through these and other immersive experiences.

Senior Electives

Senior elective courses in history and English provide rich opportunities for students to explore important global issues. Courses like Critical Thinking in the Arts; Race, Class, and Gender; Classic Remix; Coming to America; and Who Gets To Tell Your Story use the lenses of culture, current events, history, the arts, and literature to develop critical global competencies including empathy, perspective taking, respectful dialogue, and ethical decision making.