Cape Henry Collegiate formed the Nexus Global Scholars Program in the fall of 2011. This program is designed to present a unique opportunity for Cape Henry Collegiate Upper School students to earn a Global Scholar designation on their Cape Henry Collegiate Diploma by completion of a prescribed curriculum and additional requirements during their four years in the Cape Henry Collegiate Upper School.
It is our hope that this opportunity will inspire students to explore Global Scholarship issues more fully in the classroom and take the effort and time to be involved in Nexus and non-Nexus globally oriented programs. This program will clearly differentiate students interested in pursuing Global Studies or wishing to distinguish themselves by showing greater international knowledge.
The Nexus Global Scholars Program will enrich the Nexus program by vastly expanding its curricular components with requirements that provide a uniform path toward this diploma distinction, said William G. Fluharty, Director of Nexus Global Studies.
Cape Henry Collegiate was the third independent school in the U.S. to offer a Global Scholars Program, and was highly commended for our school’s international studies program by the teams of representatives for the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools during their recent accreditation visit.
Prior to their enrollment in the Program, students must complete an online application which can be found on the Nexus page of the Cape Henry Collegiate website. The Nexus Global Scholars Committee will review the applications and notify those students who have gained admission to the program. Students who are applying to the Nexus Global Scholars Program must read the Program criteria with their parents, so that they fully understand the commitment that they are making.
We invite all interested and qualified students to apply to the program.
Nexus Global Scholars Program Overview
Curriculum Requirements for Global Scholars Diploma
- 4 Years of Upper School English
- 4 Years of Upper School Mathematics
- 4 Years of Upper School Modern World Language
- Must attain V or AP level and pass a proficiency exam
- 4 Years of Upper School Science
- Global Scholars are required to take one of these four sciences; STRI, Global Environmental Issues, AP Environmental Science, or Honors Global Health.
- 4 years of Upper School History
- Global Affairs, US History (AP US), AP Comparative Government,
and International Relations
- 1 Year of Art/Music/Theatre
- 1 Semester of Health
- Preferably during summer prior to Freshman or Sophomore Year
- 1 Semester of Health
- Weekly Global Seminar
Students may take additional coursework as is appropriate and under the guidance of the Head of the Upper School and the College Counseling Office. This additional coursework may not serve as substitute for the required coursework of the Global Scholars Program.
Additional Diploma Requirements
- 25 page thesis on a unique global topic, written with guidance from thesis mentor, to be presented and defended in front of Global Scholars Committee
- Recommended to host an exchange student or participate in a cultural experience with a visiting student
- Minimum of one Nexus Global travel experience
- Must participate in at least one international club (Model UN, Invisible Children, etc)
- Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA at the conclusion of each school year, for that school year
- Must be involved in a minimum of 10 hours annually of Community Service that has a Global focus
- Must be considered a student in good standing (all significant disciplinary and honor offenses will be subject to review and could be grounds for removal from the Global Scholars Program)
- Student entrance into the program will be approved by the Global Scholars Committee (Director of Nexus Global Studies, Nexus Middle School Coordinator, Director of Upper School, Academic Dean, Director of College Counseling, and selected faculty members)
- Freshman entering the program must have completed their Eighth Grade year in good standing, including having a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and must be prepared to enter Level II of a Modern World Language
- Students may enter the program after their freshman year; however, they must have met all curricular criteria necessary for a current student in the program in their grade and must meet all curricular and additional graduation requirements to maintain their status in the Program
- Waiving of curricular or additional requirements is prohibited except for extraordinary circumstances and must be approved by the Global Scholars Committee
- Student participation in the program will be reviewed annually by the Global Scholars Committee
- Granting of Global Scholars Diplomas will be subject to review by the Global Scholars Committee