CSI High School’s consistent, curriculum-wide emphasis on the infusion of international content and study of international issues provides a unifying framework for the school’s instructional program. This theme not only provides a common focus in the development and adaptation of course content, it stimulates the development of common habits of mind such as analyzing the validity of information from a variety of perspectives, exploring and understanding linkages across cultural, economic and political lines, and understanding the significance of the past with respect to current events. As a benefit of our collaboration with the College of Staten Island, students will have access to take College Courses at various points during the year. The NYCDOE College Now program is available for students at CSI HS, allowing them to either take courses at the CSI campus or in the CSI HS building.
The goal of the International Studies Schools Network (ISSN) is that each student graduates globally competent: demonstrating the knowledge, skills and capacities necessary to work and live in an interconnected world. The following is a profile of the attributes we strive to develop in each ISSN high school graduate.
ISSN graduates are Ready for College and Career. They:
- Earn a high school diploma by completing a college-preparatory, globally focused course of study requiring the demonstration of college ready work across the curriculum.
- Have the experience of achieving expertise by researching, understanding, and developing new knowledge about a world culture or an internationally relevant issue.
- Learn how to manage their own learning by identifying options, evaluating opportunities, and organizing educational experiences that will enable them to work and live in a global society.
- Graduate prepared for post-secondary education, work and service.
ISSN graduates have the Knowledge Required in the Global Era. They understand:
- Mathematics as a universal way to make sense of the world: solving complex authentic problems and communicating their understanding using the symbols, language, and conventions of mathematics.
- Critical scientific concepts, engage in scientific reasoning, and apply the processes of scientific inquiry to understand the world and explore possible solutions to global problems.
- How the geography of natural and man-made phenomena influences cultural development as well as historical and contemporary world events.
- The history of major world events and cultures and utilize this understanding to analyze and interpret contemporary world issues.
- Arts and literature and use them as lenses through which to view nature, society, and culture as well as to express ideas and emotions.
ISSN graduates are Skilled for Success in a Global Environment. They:
- Are “literate for the 21st century” – proficient in reading, writing, viewing, listening, and speaking in English and in one or more other world languages.
- Demonstrate creative and complex thinking and problem solving skills by analyzing and producing viable solutions to problems with no known or single right answer.
- Use digital media and technology to access and evaluate information from around the world and effectively communicate, synthesize, and create new knowledge.
- Make healthy decisions that enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
ISSN graduates are Connected to the World. They:
- Effectively collaborate with individuals from different cultural backgrounds and seek out opportunities for intercultural teamwork.
- Analyze and evaluate global issues from multiple perspectives.
- Understand how the world’s people and institutions are interconnected and how critical international economic, political, technological, environmental, and social systems operate interdependently across nations and regions.
- Accept responsibilities of global citizenship and make ethical decisions and responsible choices that contribute to the development of a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.
Profile of CSI High School for International Studies School Graduate
The goal of CSI High School for International Studies is to graduate students who posses the knowledge, skills and habits of mind necessary to work and live in the 21st century global environment.
CSIHSIS graduates are Academically Prepared. Upon leaving school, each CSIHSIS student:
- Is intellectually curious, has a desire for life-long learning, thinks critically and effectively organizes his or her own efforts to learn.
- Has earned a high school diploma with course credits required for entry into any institution of higher learning.
- Is prepared to successfully engage in college-level coursework and complete a college degree or other post-secondary certification.
CSIHSIS graduates are Proficient Thinkers and Problem Solvers. They:
- Demonstrate a capacity for mathematical analysis, scientific processing, and logical reasoning.
- Hold themselves accountable for moral reasoning and ethical decision-making
- Transfer their learning and problem-solving skills across domains, and articulate the interconnectedness of their learning.
- Understand and use the arts and literature as lenses through which to view society and culture, as well as to express ideas and emotions.
- Understand and engage complex problems, collect, analyze and synthesize information from a range of sources, tolerate ambiguity and uncertainty, and produce potentially viable solutions.
CSIHSIS graduates are Culturally Aware. They:
- Know world geography, including the locations of major world regions and cultures, as well as human and environmental interaction, and how geography influences cultural development.
- Understand the contributions of different world cultures to the ways of life in the United States.
- Have in-depth knowledge and understanding of at least one culture very different from their own and recognize the role that language plays in shaping culture.
- Understand the historical development and contemporary beliefs, values, and characteristics of major world cultures.
CSIHSIS graduates are Aware of World Events and Global Dynamics. They:
- Understand the multiple perspectives of current world events, international issues, and global debates.
- Integrate a thorough knowledge of their own culture and country to become a fully enfranchised and participatory global citizen.
- Understand global dynamics – how world economic, political, technological, environmental and social systems work and are interdependent across nations and regions.
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of at least one pressing international issue or problem.
CSIHSIS graduates are Literate for the 21st Century. They:
- Demonstrate mastery of the skills essential to communication and learning (reading, writing, analyzing, listening, and speaking) both in English and one or more languages other than English.
- Develop and present information in an articulate, persuasive, and appropriate manner – orally, visually, in writing, and through digital communication tools.
- Critically evaluate the presentation of information through various formats and technologies (media literacy).
CSIHSIS graduates are Collaborative Team Members. They:
- Understand how individuals work together in a team and work as collaborative team members to achieve a goal and to learn from people from other cultures.
- Are aware of and able to reflect upon their role and contributions as a member of a team and demonstrate an understanding of the value of doing so.
- Appreciate and are respectful of the diversity of contributions, learning styles, and strengths of individual team members.
- Welcome of differences in interpretation and judgment, are receptive to other’s views, and revise and expand their own views.
CSIHSIS graduates are Effective Users of Technology. They:
- Evaluate sources of information for bias, validity, and scholarly integrity
- Proficiently use essential computer and communications technologies and demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate applications thereof.
- Proficiently use a multitude of technological tools for communication, presentation and data analysis.
- Use technologies to communicate and work across national and regional boundaries.
CSIHSIS graduates are Socially Prepared and Culturally Sensitive. They:
- Comfortably culture jump by choosing appropriate language, behaviors, and strategies of interaction.
- Demonstrate respect in their communication, decision-making, and actions.
- Actively listen to and carefully consider the perspectives and opinions of others.
- Demonstrate ethical decision-making skills, self-control, and the ability to make responsible choices that contribute to continuous self -development.
- Have emotional intelligence including self-knowledge and the ability to manage emotions.
- Make healthy lifestyle decisions including personal wellness, fitness, and relationships; they will pursue physical, mental, and emotional health.
- Resolve conflicts peacefully and fairly.
CSI High School for International Studies is the result of a highly effective partnership between Asia Society, N.Y. Department of Education’s Region 7 and the College of Staten Island. Asia Society brings years of experience with international education, specifically: professional development, curriculum resources and a network of international studies schools.The College has had a history of successful collaborations with local schools in the past. Region 7 has extensive experience in the city’s public educational system. A collaborative effort in all of these areas will equal an exciting new school!
The College of Staten Island, which has well-established relationship with all of the island’s public schools and is highly involved in teacher training and professional development, is committed to supporting public education on all levels. CSI International High School will have the unique opportunity of sharing the many resources of the College including the library, language laboratory, science and computer laboratories, arts spaces, and the sports and recreation facility. Students will also have the opportunity to enjoy the college campus setting. CSI has numerous affiliations and exchange agreements with educational institutions around the globe, and will offer students a vast array of opportunities to travel, attend lectures, and participate in international activities. Visit the College’s website at http://www.csi.cuny.edu/.
Asia Society, an established leader in international business, educational, and cultural programming in the United States and abroad, has been named one of several intermediary organizations to receive a grant from the Gates Foundation to develop a network of small schools throughout the nation. As one of these schools, the CSI High School for International Studies will join a prestigious community of affiliated institutions that will benefit from the Asia Society’s experience and expertise in international educational instruction, including rich professional development and teaching materials, international exchanges, museum-based learning experiences, and multimedia resources. To learn about Asia Society, log on to http://asiasociety.org.
For its part, the N.Y. Department of Education’s Region 7 will work closely with faculty and parents to build a community that helps students meet and exceed the New York State Standards. Region 7 will provide extensive experience in the city’s public educational system, including development of curricula, staffing, and establishing crucial communication links among constituent groups such as local leaders, parents, union representatives, and other key members of the community. The Regional staff will provide valuable instructional resources to ensure that students at all levels and including special education and ELL students will be successful. For useful information about Region 7, go to www.nycenet.edu/OurSchools/Region7.
The partners are grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation’s pathbreaking work in high school reform and the principles of small-school design, visit their website at www.GatesFoundation.org.
Our Teaching Philosophy
Our school’s philosophy is “less is more.” Students are placed in heterogeneous classes, where they collaborate and learn from each other. The interdisciplinary, thematic curriculum is hands-on, project-based, and provides students with opportunities to learn about and understand how our interdependent global community functions and interacts. The curriculum focuses on particular themes, which allow for critical thinking and understanding in depth.
Extended class time enables the students to engage in project based learning activities and assures for more time on task.
The smaller class size, the even smaller advisory groups, and the annualized schedule of classes help build relationships between teachers and students. Each student is placed in an advisory group, which meets five times a week. That advisor is responsible for monitoring the student’s progress and communicating with the student’s family on a monthly basis.
The curriculum is aligned with the New York State Standards. Students will be well prepared to pass the five Regents’ Examinations required for graduation. The preparation and rigorous instructional program will prepare all students to meet and surpass graduation requirements.