Walnut Hills High School was 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, to sending students abroad and working with AFS-USA to incorporate intercultural and experiential learning opportunities into the curriculum.
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. The ability to speak another language, to navigate in a different cultural context and to marshal a global perspective are skills that today’s students need to succeed in our increasingly interdependent world.
Over the years, Walnut Hills has hosted many from at least 16 countries and has sent a dozen or so students abroad to as many countries. “We’re so thankful and proud to work in educational partnership with schools like Walnut Hills,” said Tonya Muro, the director of school outreach for 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.”