Although students receive tremendous cultural and social exposure through life on our campus—given their diverse backgrounds—for practical,
intellectual, and moral reasons we need to create explicit opportunities for our students to learn from experiences off campus. —John Palfrey, Head of School
Leadership, Cooperation, and Service
Learning in the World opportunities are deeply intertwined with the purpose of the school: to provide students with “a balance of leadership, cooperation, and service, together with a deeper awareness of the global community and the natural world.” All PA-run programs are characterized by: (1) a commitment to provide full financial support for any Andover student who is selected; and (2) their deep ties to the Andover experience and curriculum. We are building upon this strong foundation to expand existing programs and develop new opportunities. We are also creating a suite of Learning in the World initiatives that are robust, innovative, and unique, in order to provide a significant, off-campus learning experience to any Andover student during his or her time at PA.
Today’s programs stem from a long history of global programming at Andover. Andover and Abbot welcomed students from abroad almost since their founding. The Kemper Scholarships have brought European students to campus for decades. Under Headmaster Don McNemar, the Academy launched the first high school student exchange between the US and the USSR; exchanged students with the Harbin Institute of Technology in the People’s Republic of China; brought black students from South Africa to New England through the Independent School South Africa Exchange Program spearheaded by Northfield Mount Hermon; and for 17 years partnered with schools and universities in Africa, South and Central Asia, Europe and the Middle East in the International Academic Partnership, through which one-third of the teaching faculty lived and worked in the developing world. Out of these experiences grew the Global Perspectives Group, which, under the leadership of Head of School Barbara Chase, focused and streamlined the Academy’s global programs, culminating in an international conference at Andover on Global Initiatives in Education in 2012. Current global initiatives focus heavily on partnerships, and reflect context-specific programming from the US to the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.