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A Coeducational School | Early Learners to Third Grade
Teaching & Learning

Global Studies

By the time children graduate from Beauvoir, they can say that they’ve gone around the world, thanks to Beauvoir’s unique Global Studies curriculum. The program is a school-wide study that explores geographical regions worldwide and celebrates the families and cultures within the School.

Each year, from January to March, students engage in integrated explorations of countries from one of the following geographical areas: Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and North America. By the time children are in Third Grade, and having studied all five regions, they graduate with an understanding and appreciation of people and cultures from all around the world.

Believing that hands-on, inquiry-based learning is best, Beauvoir’s Global Studies culminates in the annual Museum Night celebration. On this night, each grade designs and presents interactive museum exhibits about the country they’ve studied to share with fellow students, parents and guests.

Global Studies is part of a long tradition of "world mindedness" at Beauvoir. Elizabeth Glascock Taylor, former Head of School, coined the phrase "world mindedness" after World War II. She believed in educating children about the similarities of people and instilling within students a feeling of cooperation and respect.

Past Regions of Study

Region of Study: Asia
Focus: Vietnam (ELC), Japan (Pre-Kindergarten), Australia (Kindergarten), Turkey(First Grade), Rivers of India (Second Grade), India (Third Grade)
Region of Study: South America
Focus: Argentina (Pre-Kindergarten), Chile (Kindergarten), Peru (First Grade), Brazil (Second Grade), Ecuador (Third Grade)

Region of Study: Africa
Focus: Kenya (Pre-Kindergarten), Madagascar (Kindergarten), Morocco (First Grade), Nile River (Second Grade), South Africa (Third Grade)

Region of Study: North America
Focus: Hawaii (Pre-Kindergarten), Pacific Northwest (Kindergarten), Mexico, with a focus on cathedrals (First Grade), Colorado River and its bordering states, with a focus on water studies (Second Grade), Washington, DC, with a focus on bridges (Third Grade)
Region of Study: Europe
Focus: Spain (Pre-Kindergarten), The Alps (Kindergarten), Italy with a focus on Cathedrals (First Grade), the Netherlands with an emphasis on rivers (Second Grade), Capital Cities of Eastern Europe (Third Grade)

Region of Study: Asia
Focus: India (Pre-Kindergarten),  China (Kindergarten), Indonesia (First Grade), Japan (Second Grade), Turkey (Third Grade) 

Region of Study:  South America
Focus:  Brazil (Pre-Kindergarten), Panama (Kindergarten), Chile (First Grade),  Peru (Second Grade), Argentina (Third Grade), Costa Rica (ABC)
Region of Study: Africa
Focus: Cameroon (Pre-Kindergarten), South Africa (Kindergarten), Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles (First Grade), Egypt (Second Grade), Ghana (Third Grade), Kenya (ABC)
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Our Mission

At Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, we provide an extraordinary early childhood education in a diverse community that values every individual. Beauvoir’s program encourages creative, courageous learners and builds an enduring foundation for a lifelong spirit of inquiry and joy in learning.
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