Global Competence Program


The AHS Global Competence Program (GCP) is designed to foster students’ global awareness, and, in so doing, provide AHS graduates with the essential skills for participating in and contributing to an increasingly globalized society. GCP participants will:
  • Think Globally: Have an increased knowledge of their relationship to the world; think about issues from a global perspective; gain an appreciation for other world cultures, viewpoints and perspectives.
  • Communicate Effectively: Improve their foreign language skills and their ability to communicate with people across cultural and language divides.
  • Contribute Responsibly: Use their global knowledge to interact and build relationships with people from other cultures; actively seek world knowledge to develop their own values and perspectives; demonstrate respect, open mindedness, understanding and flexibility in behavior and thinking; help others to embrace multiple perspectives.
The Global Competence Program is open to all students and students are encouraged to submit their Initial Application early in their high school career in order to have time to complete all required components. Upon successful completion, students will be awarded a Global Competence Certificate and pin for graduation.

Students must first submit an Initial Application declaring their intent to participate in the program. This application will be accepted anytime, but must be received by April 1 in order for students to receive the certificate the following year. Students then work with their faculty advisor to complete all required materials. The Final Application may be submitted anytime, but no later than October 1 of their senior year.


A component of this program is foreign travel. Please help support our students by making a donation to the Global Education Fund, which awards travel scholarships to students enrolled in this program. Please send a check made out to “Arlington High School” with “Global Travel Fund” on the memo line. Checks should be mailed to Catherine Ritz, Director of World Languages, Arlington High School, 869 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, 02476. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping make travel a reality for our students in need!

Please contact Catherine Ritz (critz@arlington.k12.ma.us) with any questions or for more information.

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