The World School
A View Beyond Borders
Schools are historically rooted in the villages, towns and cities in which they are situated. Almost all are single-city, single-country institutions. They teach about matters beyond their boundaries, but they do not operate in any meaningful way outside them. Over time, some have evolved to serve national communities. Leading examples include England’s Eton, India’s Doon School, America’s Exeter and China’s Shanghai High. While these national schools teach about the larger world and include students from diverse locations, their operations still largely exist in one country and on a single campus.
If local schools are the first step in the evolution of schooling and national schools are the second step, the decades ahead are likely to bring the third step: global schools. Thirty years from now there will likely be a number of such organizations. Avenues plans to be the best of this new breed of educational institution—hence its subtitle: The World School.