The Bergen County Academies Global Education Initiative seeks to prepare students for success in a global economy and workforce; to provide students with an opportunity to interact with their peers in a global environment; to engender increased respect for values and traditions other than one's own; and to give students real-world exposure to, and experience with, students from another part of the world. The following is a sampling of past and future projects of the BCA Global Education Initiative.
BCA Global Programs in the 2017-2018 School Year
Forty students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program participated in a global exchange in Hong Kong, comprising what was BCA's largest-ever trip to Asia. Shadowing students at one of the top local IB high schools in Hong Kong, our students saw the truly global nature of what they are studying while making friends on the other side of the world. Through visits at corporations, cultural sites, night markets and a vast array of culinary experiences, students gained a thorough understanding of the second largest financial market in the world. This program was designed around four themes:"Business and Economics, CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service), Global Education, and Cultural Experiences".
Twelve BCA students and two faculty members traveled to Israel and participated in a collaboration-building mission with the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey based on the common educational language of STEM - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The group visited hotbeds of innovation including the Weizmann Institute of Science, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology (often referred to as Israel's MIT), and Google's Tel Aviv campus, as well and high schools excelling in STEM. (They also saw more standard tourist sites - Jerusalem's Old City, Rosh Hanikra, Ein Gedi, Masada, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, and a Druze village.) During the study abroad experience BCA continued to strengthen a relationship with the award- winning Shechakim High School for Excellence and Leadership in Nahariya, a city in northern Israel.
Had you asked me 4 months ago whether I thought I would be able to go to Israel with school I would have laughed. Little did I know that you would present me with the amazing, life-changing opportunity to experience Israel as a global ambassador representing Bergen County Academies. And I truly thank you for making this far-fetched illusion a fantastic reality that enlightened the lives of numerous people, myself included. Nowhere else presents students with the opportunity to learn about technology and culture of other nations through first-hand experiences. Thank you again! (JL, AAST 2019)
The newly established school partnership with Aarhus Katedralskole (High School), Denmark brought BCA's chamber choir to perform at its international debut concert. The cultural immersion program focused on music education and included joint learning activities between BCA and Danish students. The concert was the highlight of the global experience for BCA students but the visit also was comprised of music composition, class observations and cultural visits in Aarhus as well as Copenhagen. The Aarhus Katedralskole families provided homestays during the visit which exposed BCA students to Danish hospitality and traditional meals.
AVPA/Theatre continued their sister school collaboration with Pierce College/American College of Greece (a high school in Athens Greece) when 21 junior and senior Theatre students visited Greece for a week long study abroad experience this April. The partnership included joint educational projects between our students and cultural engagements in Athens, Mycenae, Epidaurus, and the island of Aegina. The highlight of the visit was the Pierce families providing homestays for the BCA students which allowed for a broader global experience. The educational culmination of the trip was an opportunity for BCA students to share their production of Sophocle's Elektra with Greek and Turkish audiences as part of Pierce's Celebration of the Arts Festival.