At the core of the Marshall mission is the aspiration “to educate students to become global citizens.”

Towards this end, we seek to diversify our student body by admitting students from around the world to participate in the educational program at Marshall … sharing their global perspective with our students and faculty.

Marshall students have also had long-standing opportunities for summer language exchange programs, most recently in Germany. These are programs we plan on expanding in the summer of 2012 to include Costa Rica and France.

This past week, I shared with our upper school students news about an exciting new opportunity for a semester exchange program with two American international schools — in India and Brazil. This program will begin next fall.

Some of the program highlights include:

The Schools: Marshall has partnered with The American School of Bombay (700 students in grades K-12) and the American School of Brasilia (500 students in grades K-12) for this unique exchange opportunity. I have personally visited both schools, and have worked closely with their heads of school in the past.

Academics: With the exception of foreign languages, all classes are in English. Both schools are accredited by US agencies and their graduates are accepted at the best colleges in the United States and abroad. Both schools offer the International Baccalaureate program, which is an externally moderated curriculum with similarities to the AP program at Marshall. Students wishing to take AP classes while on the exchange can sign up for an online course through VHS and continue to take that course while studying abroad. All credit earned overseas will be integrated with your Marshall program and flagged accordingly.

Culture: The student body in Bombay is 28% American and 13% Indian, with a total of 40 nationalities. In Brasilia, 18% percent are American and 57% are Brazilian. Both schools have extensive experiential education and service learning programs, allowing you to experience the culture of the host country while still having access to a world-class American education.

Living Arrangements: The exchange program will place you with a family at the host school, allowing a smooth connection with the city and the school.

There seems to be some genuine excitement among the student body about opportunities to expand their world view. In the near future, we will be hosting an information night for interested students and their parents to talk more about the program, the application process, and the timeline. Look for more information in our weekly e-letter updates.