Citizen, Scholar, Steward
As citizens, we offer a program that puts learning in the context of our city, our state, our country, and our world. Our Global Studies program offers students a worldwide perspective and connects them with friends in other communities around the globe. Through exchange programs and international travel opportunities, students learn to see themselves as citizens of a larger world.

Global Studies Programs

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  • KCD to Haiti

    KCD’s relationship with Haiti began in 2010, when a 15-year-old Haitian girl named Stephanie spent a year at KCD while recovering from heart surgery. The friendships that Stephanie formed with teachers and students inspired ‘KCD to Haiti,’ an annual service learning trip that kicked off in the summer of 2013.

    Upper school students and chaperones spend a week in Peredo during the summer, doing work that connects them to the community. Over the last few years, KCD groups have done things such as help manufacture construction materials and teach art and ESL classes at the local school.
  • Clermont-Ferrand, France

    Upper school French students may participate in an ongoing exchange program with the Lycée Ste Thècle in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Our students spend a week in a homestay with French families—often the same families whose students came to KCD the year before. This exchange allows students to build real friendships, expand their French language skills, and deepen their understanding and appreciation of French culture and family life.
  • Costa Rica

    International travel opportunities begin in Middle School with the 7th/8th grade trip to Costa Rica. This weeklong trip includes stops at cultural and environmental sites in La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio. The trip also includes a service learning component: students visit several rural schools, leaving behind donated school supplies, basic medical supplies, and new and used soccer equipment.
  • Tamale, Ghana

    KCD has developed a long and rich relationship with Louisville’s Sister City of Tamale, Ghana. The first KCD delegation went to Tamale in 2008, and KCD has sent a group to Tamale every year since then. In 2013, we welcomed a teacher and three students from Tamale to KCD for the first time.

    Over the years, the KCD community has rallied around projects that support our friends in Tamale. In 2008, the first KCD delegation brought equipment to outfit the TISSEC school’s computer lab. In 2011, the Big Box project filled a shipping container with furniture, school supplies, and other items for schools in Tamale. The Ghana Water Project has funded the construction of six water catchment and purification systems to meet the needs of more than 8,000 students. The Lower School is currently fundraising to support the construction of playgrounds at Tamale schools.
  • La Plata, Argentina

    The Upper School has established an exchange program with the Bachillerato de Bellas Artes in Louisville’s Sister City of La Plata, Argentina. KCD Spanish students host visitors in February, then travel to La Plata for a two-week homestay with the families of those same students. The exchange helps develop genuine friendships and lets students build their Spanish skills through immersion in Argentinian life and culture.
  • Québec, Canada

    Upper school French students have the opportunity to extend their language skills and cultural understanding of the Francophone world through travel to the Canadian city of Québec. In addition to a homestay with Canadian families, students also visit cultural sites such as Québec's Winter Carnival, Montmorency Falls, the Museum of History, and Québec’s Parliament.
  • Spain

    Upper school Spanish students have the opportunity to extend their language skills, their study of Spanish art, and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world through travel to the Spanish cities of Dos Hermanas (Seville) and Madrid. In addition to a homestay with Spanish families, students also visit cultural sites such as the Alcázar, Cathedral and Giralda of Seville, El Prado Museum, and the Reina Sofía museum of Madrid. Students often travel to other cities such as Córdoba, Granada, and Barcelona during their stay in Spain.

Faces of Ghana

This feature from Connections magazine explores alumni perspectives on our Ghana program.
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