Newtown High School has been selected to receive the 2013 Top AFS School award from AFS-USA, a leader in international high school student exchange.
Schools honored with this inaugural award have partnered with AFS in a variety of ways to foster global citizenship through intercultural learning—both inside and outside of the classroom—from hosting international students, sending students abroad, and working with AFS-USA to incorporating intercultural and experiential learning opportunities in the curriculum. You can view the entire list of schools at www.afsusa.org/educators.
The high schools selected from around the country for this public recognition are making a profound difference in the lives of students and in society at large, according to AFS-USA.
Over the years, Newtown High School has hosted 24 students from 14 countries, including three students this year. Newtown has an AFS Club, and, since 1996, has sent 19 students abroad as well, to 11 countries.
The high school is also partnering with AFS and the Japan Society on a pilot program to host two students for two weeks this spring.
“We’re so thankful and proud to work in educational partnership with schools like Newtown High School ,” said Tonya Muro, the director of school outreach at AFS-USA. “Today’s AFS is so much more than international educational exchange. Together with schools, AFS is bringing global competencies and key 21st century skills to students, teachers, and the greater community.”