The High School for Global Citizenship (HSGC) is an innovative small high school in Brooklyn that aims to create a community of active learners who are engaged participants in the democratic process and are informed about foreign policy issues and the connections between their personal lives and international events. Global Kids founded the school in 2004 and continues to serve as lead partner.
Based on Global Kids' unique approach and methodology, the High School for Global Citizenship delivers an educational experience that is academically rigorous and student-centered. Students enroll in challenging courses that prepare them to take and pass all New York State mandated Regents examinations, as well as meet the requirements for admission to competitive colleges.
Courses are designed with a goal of maximizing cross-curricular connections around the theme of global citizenship. In addition to traditional coursework, students have the opportunity to participate in a number of core learning experiences during their years at HSGC, including a range of Global Kids' programs; a multi-day retreat before the official school year begins; numerous field trips to international organizations and cultural institutions; an annual youth conference; an internship program; and an annual Global Citizenship Week. Furthermore, an advisory program creates a high level of personalization and ensures that every student at HSGC is well known by at least one teacher.
While the school is non-selective and serves youth primarily from the surrounding community, HSGC has been identified by leaders at the Department of Education as a leading laboratory for international education and youth leadership development.
HSGC is located on the Prospect Heights campus at 883 Classon Avenue in Brooklyn, across from the newly renovated Brooklyn Museum of Art and Botanic Gardens.
Global Kids gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Alcoa Foundation, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and the Robin Hood Foundation.