Why is the Global Leadership Program significant today?
The Global Leadership Program is the first program of its kind in the country to focus on the specific skills today’s students need to succeed in a competitive global economy.  Careers spanning politics, diplomacy, research, and business require cross-cultural competence--the skills and knowledge associated with an individual’s effectiveness in communicating and working with individuals and organizations across borders. The Global Leadership Program is designed to focus on the specific and transferable skills needed to be competitive in both college and careers.

How are the Global Leadership Program and Virtual Intercultural Avenues related?
Virtual Intercultural Avenues (VIA) is a virtual international consortium of schools, administrators, teachers, and students. VIA connects students both virtually and in person through group and individual ground exchanges. The Global Leadership Program is a formal four year academy at EHS that includes globally-focused coursework, internships, and activities. EHS students may access the VIA consortium to receive additional academic credit, leadership development experience, and recognition for their unique pursuit of international experiences. 

Why should I apply for the Global Leadership Program?
GLP is a personalized program that includes interdisciplinary and international studies, leadership development, and a practical focus on college and career readiness. Students gain a competitive edge compared to their peers around the country and the world. Global Leadership Program graduates receive a GLP endorsement on their high school diploma to recognize and reward the pursuit of learning and experiences in fields with an international dimension.

What are some of the key benefits of the Global Leadership Program?

  • Skills and knowledge that support future success in a global economy

  • Opportunities to grow a pre-professional network that supports summer internships and jobs, college acceptances, and valuable experience through participation in GLP internships, guest lectures, and UVM and other off-campus events

  • Planning for semester or year-long study abroad programs in college

  • Option to complete GLP as stand-alone academy or concurrently with AVPA or STEM

  • Achievement of advanced level of foreign language proficiency

What do I earn upon completion of the academy?
Students receive a Global Leadership Program endorsement on their diploma.

Do I have to apply for the Global Leadership Program?
Yes, you need to complete an application for the Global Leadership Program. You can find the application here or pick up an application in the School Counseling Office.

What is the application deadline?
The application deadline is February 21, 2019.

What are the requirements of the program?
The requirements of the program are in the Essex High School 2018-2019 Program of Studies.

I am a current senior. Can I still apply?
Upperclassmen, including seniors, may apply. Some seniors may be grandfathered into the program, with accommodations for prior academic and experiential learning.

I have some more questions. Where can I get more information?
You can get more information about GLP from Jill Prado, Director of the Global Leadership Program and Virtual Intercultural Avenues, at 802-857-7599, or by email. You can also find more information about the program on the GLP website.