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Isdell Center for Global Leadership

The term global education sure sounds good when used in conjunction with Pace Academy’s mission: To create prepared, confident citizens of the world. But how does a school actually provide a global education?

We do it through our Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL), a results-oriented program that cultivates global competency and leadership capabilities among students and faculty in our Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.

By exploring an annual global theme—this year Water—and examining it from all angles and at all ages, we build critical-thinking skills that students then apply to other issues. Thinking on this level challenges perceptions, requires curiosity, and develops global mindsets and cultural appreciation.

Pace students have opportunities to connect with other students and experts across the globe through curricular, co-curricular and hands-on activities; community and global partnerships; local field trips; a speaker series; leadership fellowships and internships; community engagement projects at home and abroad; and domestic and international study tours.

Our hope is that our graduates leave Pace as ethical, empathetic, innovative, culturally aware and adaptable individuals.

By the Numbers - Isdell Center for Global Leadership


Community Partners


Community Service Hours of the Class of 2023


ICGL Study Tours


Middle and Upper School Students Who are Traveling on an ICGL Study Tour this year

ICGL By Division

Pace Academy’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) 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.

Lower School

The goal of the ICGL in the Lower School is to build awareness of global issues while introducing students to myriad cultures, perspectives and problem-solving skills. Students are encouraged to be resourceful, resilient, empathetic and creative.



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’ understanding while fostering global perspectives and encouraging diverse interests and passions.



Upper School

The goal of the ICGL in the Upper School is to foster engagement with global issues, while helping students solidify and pursue their 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.


Study Tours

The ICGL Outcomes (Leadership, Global Mindset, Cultural Awareness and Appreciation, Engaged Citizenship, and International Experience) are integrated into all of our study tours with the goal of creating global leaders who can make a positive difference in the world, both now and in the future. By developing students’ understanding of the world, enlarging their curiosity, and developing their practical leadership skills, study tours help our students develop awareness of, and sensitivity to, real life issues. 

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Global Themes

Over its ten years, the Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) has fostered a profound understanding among students of the intricate connections between local and global issues, as evidenced by their exploration into global themes. In its inaugural year, the focus on Water set the stage for a decade long journey where subsequent themes have provided a nuanced perspective, equipping students with the skills to analyze complex topics and explore its global impact. 

Learn more about the current Global Theme