Global Community Program
The sister school concept grew out of the desire to help our students become true global citizens. The students are immersed in another culture in which they must learn to communicate in a real-world setting. They are provided with an off-campus opportunity which stimulates a more comprehensive view of the world and broadens their outlook, aptitude and attitude. We reignited our relationship with a school in Germany, and we began new relations with schools in Japan and France. The positive impact that our DCDS students have experienced has been incredible! We are now undertaking efforts to expand this program by seeking other sister schools, and we will continue to create valuable cross cultural experiences for DCDS students as young as those at the Lower School.
-“We are proud to sponsor this program. We live in a global economy today and it is important for students to be exposed to different cultures. This program prepares them for college and life, and greatly enriches the DCDS experience.”
- Kappy and David Trott
This program connects DCDS students to students around the world through sister school relationships with schools in various countries. These schools are similar to DCDS in philosophy and mission.
Currently our sister schools are: Kousen High School in Kusatsu, Japan, Gymnasium Oberursel in Oberursel, Germany, Lycée La Rochefoucauld in Paris, France, Instituto d'Istruzione Superiore "Ciufelli-Einaudi" in Todi, Italy, and the Col.legi Mare de Déu del Carme in Terrassa, Spain.
As cliché as it may sound, the world is becoming smaller by the minute and we live in a single global society. DCDS students will be world business leaders, political leaders, and citizens who should have an understanding and knowledge of the cultures which make up the world. This program will foster tolerance and acceptance of others and will transform our students into better equipped leaders and productive world citizens. Being able to communicate in another language and appreciate the realities and nuances of another culture will distinguish our students and give them a distinct advantage as they pursue their careers and live their adult lives.
This program will be available to DCDS faculty as well. Teachers will be given the opportunity to exchange ideas and teaching methods with other sister school teachers, either by directly visiting the schools as chaperones or by communicating via email with sister school teachers and administrators. This will enhance the DCDS curriculum and encourage cross-curricular and cross-cultural studies.
The program trips consist of family stays, school attendance, and day trips to historical sites and museums in each area. It is the responsibility of the host schools to find host families for the visiting students and faculty. The host schools organize activities for the visiting students. These activities may be at the school or in the area (historical and cultural sites, sports venues, etc.).
The most obvious benefit will first be to the DCDS community. Students and faculty will have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and their educational systems from direct contact with the visiting students and their chaperones. The LS, JS, and MS will benefit from visits and possible culture presentations by foreign students. The extended DCDS community – our students’ families – will benefit tremendously, especially if they host a student. When a family hosts a foreign student, they are opening not only their homes, but their hearts as well. It is an incredible learning experience; one which often has far-reaching implications which are not immediately realized. In addition, these hosting experiences form bonds between people which may last a lifetime.
DCDS student expenses vary according to each trip. Students are responsible for their own airfare, land transportation, hotels, travel insurance, meals away from the host families, and souvenirs. When staying with the host families, meals are provided at no extra cost, and the host families often pay for additional activities.
Travel arrangements for all trips are made through a travel agency which has a longstanding relationship with Detroit Country Day School.
The Director of the DCDS Global Community Program, Jacquelin Riley, will work in tandem with the DCDS chaperones of each trip to determine trip dates, transportation, and parent meeting dates. The director will also work with the visiting schools to plan the dates of their visits to DCDS and the activities while at DCDS. For more information you may contact Jacquelin Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org.