Global Learning at Menlo

At home in the world.

Menlo School students explore and do service work in Guatemala. Photo by Roger Zamora.


Global Programs & Studies Menlo School’s Global Programs aspires to broaden and deepen students’ knowledge, curiosity, and engagement with ever wider communities and cultures.

We offer a variety of programs including Global Scholars, Global Online Academy, collaborative forums with partner schools, and domestic and global travel. Each provides students with the experience and guidance they need to develop global competency and citizenship in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

M Term’s Borderlands Program

Launched spring of 2022, the M Term’s Borderlands program offers three one-week domestic travel options to the Southwestern United States to study Indigenous America, the border wall, immigration, and a host of related issues. Led by Menlo faculty, small cohorts of students journey to one of three destinations in the southwest: El Paso, Texas, to study immigration; Northern Arizona to study the Navajo; or Southern Arizona to study sustainability. Each of these courses combines time on campus before travel for preparation and project-based post-trip follow up with one week of travel, during which students, learning from their direct experience, connect with diverse groups of people and engage in service-oriented activities. In these transformative—and fun—M Term courses students develop global competency and a sense of larger purposes while fostering connections with distant peoples and communities.

More Global Studies Programs

Global Scholars: Menlo students who have demonstrated a serious interest and achievement in global studies while at Menlo through coursework, language study, community service, and travel are eligible to earn this certificate.

Global Travel: Menlo offers global trips such as Guatemala and India so that students can explore other environments, cultures, and people in a more immersive way. (Currently suspended due to the pandemic.)

Global Online Academy: Menlo has been a member of the Global Online Academy since 2013. The mission of the Global Online Academy (GOA) is to replicate in online classrooms the intellectually rigorous programs and excellent teaching.

Youth Philanthropy Project: Menlo’s Global Issues for Global Citizens class annually partners with the HAND Foundation for Menlo’s Youth Philanthropy Project, which gives students the opportunity to learn about philanthropy’s role in addressing social issues around the world and make a direct impact.

Clubs, Events, & Activities: Menlo’s global education extends beyond the classroom, where students have multiple opportunities to further their understanding of other cultures, environments, and global issues.

Study and Travel Contests: Menlo provides two opportunities for Upper School students to compete for funded travel to more deeply explore interests.

To learn more about Menlo’s Global programs, contact:

Peter Brown
Upper School History, Global Programs Director

Credentials: Colgate University, Bachelor of Arts; Stanford University, Master of Arts; National Board Certification 2005; National Board Certification Renewal 2015
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