At Pacific Ridge, global engagement encompasses both perspective and action. Students aspire to a global outlook by immersing themselves in a community or culture other than their own, whether near or far. Students pursue engagement in that community or culture through academic enrichment, cultural and linguistic immersion, and service work. These activities lead to an understanding of the interdependency of cultures and the inspiration to act for the good of the world.
By 12th grade, students will have achieved a number of goals, among them:
- To experience the unfamiliar
- To “become comfortable with the uncomfortable”
- To reflect on their home culture in a new way
- To realize something greater than themselves
The final weeks of the school year are reserved for class trips, with families and Pacific Ridge School working together to make it possible for all students to participate. Students travel with a purpose: they aim for cultural connection as they strengthen their understanding of the year’s curriculum and take learning beyond the classroom walls. Students travel according to grade level and are accompanied by faculty and professional trip guides.