International Exchange Program

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We share our educational philosophy with over 1,000 sister Waldorf Schools around the world, over 850 of which are outside of the United States. In a similar vein, our curriculum aims to instill in our children a sense of global preparedness. A cosmopolitan student body is integral to this central aim.

“Beyond just the pure excitement of traveling, these opportunities bring students face-to-face with issues, cultures and challenges on an international scale.”
~John Boyer

Our students have the opportunity to participate in our Exchange Program at one of the many Waldorf high schools around the world. We enjoy a steady stream of visiting international students from these schools in our classrooms. The Waldorf School of Garden City has offered student language exchanges since the 1980s. Currently approximately 30% of our sophomore class participates in the Language Exchange program. Students have the opportunity to spend part of a semester abroad usually for the duration of three to four academic blocks (approx. 6-12 weeks). They are free to choose from any of the Spanish-, French- or German-speaking Waldorf schools from around the world and initiate a relationship with a host family from that school. On exchange they live with that family and are able to immerse themselves in daily life in another language and culture while continuing their education at their host’s local Waldorf School. Completing the exchange program: upon their return, they also accommodate their partner exchange student for a reciprocal experience at the The Waldorf School of Garden City.

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Regardless whether you desire to study primarily on campus or participate in our study abroad program in high school, an education at the Waldorf School of Garden City is international by default. Trust your questions; question your assumptions. Confront the world in all its struggle and splendor. Let yourself be changed. Learn what you have to give.