Global Initiatives

Tower Hill values the importance of providing a global education, with international travel, exchange programs and multicultural coursework long interwoven into the school's offerings. As part of this emphasis, language teacher Eduardo Silva also serves as director of global initiatives to enhance educational opportunities for students school-wide. The aim is to develop global scholars in a rapidly growing international community by offering students cross-cultural experiences with individuals from around the world in both social and intellectual settings.

A native Spanish speaker, Silva graduated from California State University in San Bernardino and earned a master’s degree in French history from Middlebury College while studying abroad at the Sorbonne. He joined Tower Hill for the 2013-2014 school year and has led trips to Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Quebec and Europe. He has had various teaching and tutoring experiences with students at the lower and middle school levels, and he has taught English to university students in Paris.
Tower Hill has long offered international travel for students, with destinations including Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Australia, Canada, France, Italy and Spain. Faculty members have organized ongoing exchange programs with schools in France and Australia, and Tower Hill welcomes international students. Spanish language is introduced in the Lower School, international trips start in Middle School and elective courses such as “Epidemics in Society” and “French Culture and Language through Film” are open to Upper Schoolers.
Providing students with the confidence to network and collaborate with people of different backgrounds helps inspire future global leaders. Guest speakers dealing with international relations are brought on-campus, and the development of new courses with global studies is underway.

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Lower School Passport Program

Through the Lower School Passport Program, students have the opportunity to receive stamps in their passports as they complete activities and gain exposure to different regions of the world. Beginning in Kindergarten, each grade is assigned a region and can then decide as a class the places they will explore within each region. By the end of the school year, Kindergartners will be experts on the Asia-Pacific region of the world, having familiarized themselves with the music, games, clothing and customs of the region’s countries. By the time those same students finish Lower School, they will have delved into the cultures of countries all around the world.