ICGL by Division

Other Opportunities

The following partner organizations offer programs for students interested in travel beyond the ICGL.

Alzar School
Nick Kunath, Director of Admissions

Global Public Service Academies for Health
Lennert Rohde, Recruiter

Putney Student Travel
Erika Skogg, Program Director
Pace Academy’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership unites Lower, Middle and Upper School students under an umbrella of global leadership and a shared global theme. Students in all divisions have opportunities for intellectual and cultural exploration through age-appropriate curricular, co-curricular and hands-on activities, interactions with visiting scholars and faculty support. 

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  • Lower School

    The goal of the ICGL in the Lower School is to introduce students to a myriad of cultures, perspectives and problem-solving skills. Students are encouraged to be resourceful, resilient, empathetic and creative.

    This year, the Lower School is using four essential questions to frame CLIMATE inquiries: What is climate and what are global climate zones? How does climate affect us locally and globally? Where in the world does climate change have impact? How can we show and share what we know?

    The Lower School ICGL experience includes:

    • Pillars of Character, a character-education program
    • Service-learning opportunities
    • Design Thinking instruction
    • Coding development and policy simulation programs
    • Global school partnerships
    • Partnerships with universities, Zoo Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, World Wildlife Fund, 100 People and other organizations
    • Study tours for rising sixth-grade students with a focus on Spanish-language immersion and service learning
  • Middle School

    Building on the knowledge and skills established in the Lower School, the goal of the ICGL in the Middle School is to further broaden students’ global perspectives and encourage them to discover their interests and passions.
    The Middle School ICGL experience includes:
    • Vital Signs, a character-education program focused on building the following skills: creativity, integrity, self motivation, resilience, teamwork and time management
    • Discovery classes that explore global issues and civic engagement
    • Service learning opportunities
    • Policy simulation programs
    • Partnerships with the UNICEF Youth Board, the Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the High Museum of Art, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the International Rescue Committee, 100 People and other organizations
    • Domestic and international study tours
  • Upper School

    The goal of the ICGL in the Upper School is to help students solidify and pursue their passions and interests through the program’s five focus areas. Students are encouraged to explore their growing curiosity about the world through as many of the five focus areas as possible.
    The Upper School ICGL experience includes:
    • The Isdell CARE Fellowship, Isdell Global Leaders Program and Isdell Global Internship Awards, which facilitate hands-on, real-world experiences for students
    • Service learning opportunities
    • The Pace Academy Social Entrepreneurship Challenge
    • Partnerships with Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering, the David J. Senser CDC Museum, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta the City of Atlanta, the Carter Center, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, CNN and other organizations
    • Domestic and international study tours will abound
    • Co-curricular offerings such as debate and policy simulation

More About Design Thinking

In the Lower School, Design Thinking is how we problem solve for a better world—and empathy, which requires putting others at the center of one’s thinking, is at its core.

Students learn to approach Design Thinking challenges from the “user” or “client” perspective, analyzing what’s happening now and making real change in the form of new solutions and new possibilities.

Students connect the power of the prototype with key terms such as “customization for the client,” “choice of materials,” “budget and timeline,” “analysis of different schemes,” “predictions of possible problems” (what we call The P 3 Analysis), “the signifying opportunities of a viable scheme” and “an array of distinct resources.”

We infuse Design Thinking into all classroom learning and collaborations, and Lower School students also share a Design Thinking classroom called The Thinker Space. Teams of students regularly visit the Thinker Space to sketchnote, prototype and develop important solution schemes. The space provides powerful opportunities for collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity.

Welcome to the Year of The Sketchnote! Students in Pre-First through fifth grade are learning to capture key concepts in words and pictures so that planning, listening, processing, and drawing form a distinct way to recall and communicate important information.

People Power is a resource we access every day. Students learn to identify their academic, character and collaboration strengths. They come to understand “self," friends, family and teachers as resources, while interviewing and actively listening to content or specialty area experts, feedback experts or technology experts.

Learn more! Visit the Design Thinking Blog!
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