The linguistic and cultural benefits that the Summer Spain program provides has an important impact on students for years to come. And our students agree!
Gilman Global Programs
At Gilman, we are committed to the idea that in order to prepare students for the world we live in, we must educate them to be competent and compassionate problem solvers, empathetic communicators, and ethical leaders in an ever-changing global environment. The challenge of building a better tomorrow is one that will be undertaken by those who see themselves as citizens of an international community, who are knowledgeable enough to understand their own perspective and appreciate the perspectives of others, and who can work across and through cultural barriers to bring about meaningful change.
Our robust study-travel program endeavors to engage students in the world through international travel. Our aim is to best prepare our boys to become citizens of the global community, 7.13 billion strong and growing.
We offer several annual travel-study opportunities and a broad selection of summer programs.
- WW II European Tour (Open to grades 10-11)
- Summer Language Program in Spain (Open to grades 10-11)
- Peru World Leadership-Puerto Maldonado (Open to grades 9-11)
- Czech Republic PORG Exchange (Open to One Student in Grade 11)
- England Exchange at Christ’s Hospital in West Sussex, UK (Open to One Student in Grade 11)
- Argentina Exchange at Northlands School in Buenos Aires (Open to Two students in grade 11)
- South Africa Exchange at Bishops College in Cape Town (Open to One student in grade 11)
The joint exchange program between Gilman, Bryn Mawr School, and PORG is currently in its seventh year. Located in the heart of the city of Prague, PORG was the first independent school founded in the Czech Republic after the fall of communism in 1989 and the school’s name is an acronym for První obnovené reálné gymnasium (First Reestablished Secondary School).
Students will spend time on both the original campus in the district of Libeň and on the new (novy) campus. English is spoken on both campuses, but Czech is still the primary language. During the entirety of the exchange, students will live with the families of their exchange partners. Furthermore, there will be ample time to explore Prague, one of the most beautiful, culturally rich cities in the world. As a result, the Gilman student must possess a strong spirit of adventure in order to get the most out of this unique opportunity.
Now in its fourteenth year, the joint exchange program between Gilman, Bryn Mawr School and Christ’s Hospital School, has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Riepe family.
Widely recognized as one of the top schools in the UK, Christ’s Hospital School is an independent boarding school, founded in 1553, an hour’s train ride to the south of London. In keeping with its original mission as an institution designed to provide education for students from all walks of life, the school is both culturally and ethnically diverse and steeped in pride for its traditions. While at Christ’s Hospital, Gilman students live in one of sixteen boarding houses, take classes, and share in the school’s traditions.
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Upper school students from Gilman and Bryn Mawr traveled to Peru this summer. Learn about their trip abroad on their blog.
Global Online Academy
Gilman School is part a consortium of more than 70 leading independent schools from around the world in the Global Online Academy (GOA), a nonprofit organization that provides online courses to diversify and deepen the student learning experience. Gilman is the only Baltimore school participating in this program.
GOA reimagines learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society. Member schools include Episcopal Academy (Pa.), Lakeside School (Wash.), The Westminster Schools (Ga.), The Dalton School (N.Y.), King's Academy (Jordan) and Beijing No. 4 International School (China).
At Gilman, more than 50 GOA courses are open to rising juniors and seniors. In addition, GOA offers periodic classes to the faculty of member schools. Gilman faculty also teach GOA classes. View the GOA course catalog for students and faculty.
A typical GOA course will be comprised of students located across multiple time zones that will collaborate on projects, communicate through discussion boards and video recordings, and have constant access to multimedia course materials. Teachers hold regularly scheduled virtual office hours, ensuring 1:1 instruction.
Joining Global Online Academy is an exciting opportunity both for faculty and students at Gilman to experience new, modern ways of teaching and learning. We benefit from expanded course offerings and teaching networks, while promoting students' global awareness and understanding.
Headmaster Henry P. A. Smyth