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Global Scholars Program

Other Global Electives
Criminal & Civil Law
AP Psychology

Additional courses will be added as they are developed.The Global Scholars Program is offered to students in grades 9-12 grade at Quaker Valley High School.

Students who enroll in the program have an opportunity to:

  • explore global issues in-depth and hear from experts in the field.
  • discuss and debate global issues with students in the United States and from other countries.
  • actively participate in global simulations, seminars, book clubs, to name a few.
  • hear of scholarship opportunities to travel abroad.
  • learn of global careers and the needed skills.

Students also have an opportunity to earn a “Global Scholars Credential.” See the "Credential" information below for more information.

For more information about the Global Scholars Program, please contact:

Mrs. Jennifer Matthews
412-749-5557 x2110
[email protected]

Global Scholars Credential

While all Quaker Valley High School students will matriculate through a relevant, globally focused curriculum that emphasizes 21st Century skill development, students who wish to independently explore global topics in more depth may opt to join the Global Scholars Program.  Within the program, there is an option to earn the Global Scholars Credential.  To earn the Global Scholars Credential, students will be required to do the following:

Complete three courses (4.5 Credits) of World language study in the same language at the high school level.  In order to reach a high level of proficiency, students must either study the same language for all three courses (at the high school), or they can opt to study a language at the high school level for two courses, and then complete a course that focuses on Less Commonly Taught Languages LCTLs, such as Mandarin.

Students must complete the required coursework:

4 Years/Courses of English
4 Credits of Social Studies
3 Years/Courses of Math (4 Courses are highly recommended)
3 Years/Courses of Science (4 Courses are highly recommended)

  • Earn a B- or better grade in 5 credits worth of courses designated as Global Core Courses.
  • 4.5 Credits of World Language (detailed above)
  • 4 Courses of Global Scholars Electives (Students must take at least one elective course in the Science/Technology category and one course in the Arts/Music/Language Arts category)
  • Independently participate in 50 credits worth of global enrichment experiences and demonstrate learning through a portfolio of works.

Enrichment Experiences

  • 50 credits of global enrichment experiences
  • Meet yearly with Global Scholars Coordinator for experience approvals and tracking towards the Global Scholars Certificate
  • Demonstration of learning tracked through a portfolio
  • Exit interview with members of the Global Scholars Committee

The global enrichment experiences may include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel Abroad
  • Host Exchange Student (Germany)
  • Global Conferences/Workshops/Seminars:
    • World Affairs Institute for Global Leaders
    • Model UN – Univ. of Pitt.
    • African Summit
  • Global Career Exploration
  • Guest Speakers
  • Paying it Forward / Volunteer Outreach
  • Movie/Documentary Reviews
  • Videoconferences
  • Book Clubs
  • Field Trips
  • Independent Opportunities: Approved by Coordinator
    • Food Festivals
    • Music and Art 
    • Study Abroad

***  See Mrs. Matthews for information on the credits available for enrichment experiences.  (Note: There are maximums on credits for experiences.)

Identified Global Scholars Courses

Core Courses
21st Century English
AP English
9th & 10th Grade Language Arts (all levels)
CHS Argument, Communication & Rhetoric
Global Civics
AP European History
AP Macroeconomics
Contemporary Global Studies
World History (All Levels)
Biology (All Levels)
Environmental Biology

World Language Courses
All courses, all levels

Global Electives

Art & Expression Electives
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
Metals and Jewelry
Beginning Drawing + Painting
Intermediate Drawing + Painting
Advanced Drawing + Painting
Introduction to Digital Imaging
Introduction to Computer Illustration
Advanced Digital Imaging
Advanced Computer Illustration
3D Design and Animation
AP Studio Art
AP Art History

Honors Band
Concert Band
String Orchestra
Concert Choir
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Keyboard Lab
Jazz Ensemble
Stage Lighting and Sound
AP Music Theory

Language Arts
Introduction to Journalism
Documentary Research and Production
Film Writing and Appreciation

Science and Technology Electives
Introduction to Web Design
Advanced Web Design
Introduction to Networking
Introduction to Computer Programming
Introduction to Java Program
Technology Literacy
Cisco Academy QVO
Engineering Design QVO
Game Design QVO
AP Computer Science QVO
Exploring Technology
Transportation Technology
Construction Technology/Stage Design
Honor Research Science
Ethical Issues in Science
AP Environmental Science
Or a 4th year of Science can count as an elective