Chaminade's Global Reach provides each student with the opportunities not just to learn about the world, but the chance to explore it. Each year, every grade level will participate in Experiential Education curriculum which takes learning beyond the classroom – hiking the Grand Tetons, exploring the Tower of London, and retracing the Underground Railroad.There are several components to our Global Reach program including: Exchange Programs, Enrichment Trips, Experiential Education and Service Work.
Chaminade College Preparatory School recognizes that today’s global society requires graduates who are both academically and cross-culturally prepared in order to succeed in a diverse and multicultural world. The CCP Exchange Program is designed to help prepare students for the new challenges of living and working in the global society of the 21st century.
Chaminade has had exchange programs in place since the 1990s, and we continue to search for new possibilities to increase the global awareness of our students. Below is a list of the current exchanges that we provide (and the student years involved):
Redhill, England (8th Grade)
Lisbon, Portugal (High School)
Brisbane, Australia (Sophomores)
Warwick, England (Juniors)
Chartres, France (Upper-level High School French students)
Madrid, Spain (Starting in 2019 - Upper-level High School Spanish students)
Since 2000, the 8th grade class has participated in a cultural/educational exchange with St. Bede’s School in Redhill, Surrey, England. Selected students spend the school year researching various aspects of their experience before departing for England in March. During their ten-day stay, the students stay with their exchange partner, attend classes and tour a number of historical sites. The British students visit Chaminade a few weeks later.
Oeiras International School in Lisbon, Portugal, joined Chaminade as a global partner in 2016. OIS is an English speaking International Baccalaureate World School in Oeiras, Portugal (just outside of Lisbon). The school campus is located on the grounds of a 17th century palace, the Quinta de Nossa Senhora da Conceição. This exchange takes students from all high school years.
St. Joseph College-Terrace in Brisbane, Australia became a CCP global partner in 1996. Each year in August/September, two students from Terrace spend five weeks in St. Louis. The attend classes at Chaminade and stay with a host family. In January/February, two Chaminade sophomores represent our school in Australia. They spend 5 weeks with their host families, attending classes, travelling to Sydney and to Terrace’s outdoor retreat camp.
The French Exchange is a unique opportunity available to those high school students who choose to study French at Chaminade. Students are selected through an application process. Once chosen, they are paired up with a pen pal from Institution Notre-Dame, a Catholic co-ed school in Chartes, France. The Chaminade student’s family hosts the pen pal for two weeks at the end of October. In June, participants travel to France to live with their pen pals’ family in Chartres. During the two-week homestay, the Chaminade students get to experience attending classes at Institution Notre-Dame, as well as seeing the sights of Chartres and the surrounding area. At the end of the two weeks with the family, we spend 3-5 days in Paris.
- San Salvador, El Salvador – Chaminade is partnering with an organization, called Project FIAT, which is run by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to reach out to families in need in El Salvador. The Chaminade group will participate in service projects such as playing with children at the Sonsonate Orphanage and building new homes/clinics in rural areas in San Salvador.
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- Costa Rica - For 10 days students visted the cities of San José, Isla Tortuga, Monteverde, La Fortuna and Tirimbina.
- Galapagos, Ecuador - This student tour to the Galapagos allowed students to explore the islands as naturalists, to gain a deeper understanding of Darwin's research and to understand the theories of beginnings. Students explored the geology, ecology, and marine environments around the islands. We analyzed the flora and fauna in both terrestrial and marine environments via guided hikes, mountain bikes, boat, kayaks, snorkeling, and scuba.
- Wilderness Expedition - Explore beautiful national parks taking Chaminade’s Wilderness Experience course. Enjoy a seven day course with two of Chaminade's Faculty in an environmental field course. Wilderness Expedition Course spent seven days hiking, exploring, observing and learning about Rocky Mountain National Park. Each student became a subject matter expert in certain ecological/geological areas and we all learned a wealth of information about and appreciation for one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Making this a real life environmental summer field course in the Rocky Mountains. They also earned half credit hour for their experience, which includes research, presentations and study. Parks explored: Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado, Olympic National Park - Washington State, Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming
- 7th GRADE TRIP - The boys at Chaminade explore an urban playground and discover the ideas and innovations that have revolutionized America over the last century during Chaminade’s four-day Urban Experience Trip to Chicago, Illinois. Chicago is a bustling Midwestern metropolis that nearly three million people call home. A multitude of museums, dynamic attractions and landmarks, and plenty sports, arts and culture to experience make this city a standout option for Chaminade’s boys to learn, explore and become inspired. With endless opportunities for work and play, the boys have a schedule of activities that is nearly as packed and busy as the city of Chicago itself, including The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Art Institute, Soldier Field, Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain and the John Hancock Building.
- SOPHOMORE TRIP - The Road to Freedom trip gives sophomores the opportunity to experience the Underground Railroad first-hand as they travel from Cincinnati, through Nashville and then on to Memphis, TN to visit the National Civil Rights Museum. Slavery was an issue that defined the nation and students are given a glimpse into the lives of the slaves. While on the trip, stops are made at many historic sites including the homes of Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom's Cabin), John Parker (a former slave who worked as an abolitionist), John Ranken (an abolitionist), the Carter House (site of the Battle of Franklin), and William Howard Taft (President and Supreme Court Justice). A highlight of the trip is the visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. While on the trip, the sophomores also enjoy a dinner cruise on a riverboat on the Ohio River. A visit to Connors Prairie, an interactive recreation of the Civil War era, and service component round out the trip
- FRESHMAN TRIP-With the focus staying in science (physics, biology, chemistry,
ecology, sustainability), the freshman class spends 2 ½ days at the Gulf Coast
Research Laboratory’s School of Ocean Science and Technology, in Ocean Springs,
Mississippi. This program is sponsored/overseen by the University of Southern
Mississippi.Coastal Science Camp provides participants with
hands-on and field experience focused on dynamic coastal habitats, marine
plants and animals, and current research at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
· Camp participants enjoy kayaking, swimming, birding, fishing, beachcombing, and other water sports while learning about beach and barrier island ecology and marine biology.
· Shark and other fish identification, classification, and dissection
· Water quality sampling and testing
· Coastal ornithology
· Marine aquaculture
· Trawling for local species of vertebrates and invertebrates
· Marine artifacts & museum collections
- 8th GRADE TRIP - Agricultural Experience – To enhance the American agriculture focus of their science and social studies courses, Chaminade eighth graders have the opportunity to explore one of our country’s most important agricultural centers. Guided by their teachers and local farmers, the students gain an understanding of the significance of farms and farm communities on the cultural and economic growth of our country. By visiting during the harvest, students are exposed to all aspects of a modern farm. On this four day experience, the students witness large combines harvesting corn and soybeans, help feed livestock, visit a local co-op, and tour one of the largest grain companies in the country. Additionally, students also tour the Agricultural Sciences Department at Iowa State University in Ames and Living History Farms Museum in Des Moines.
- 8th GRADE TRIP - During the second semester, Chaminade eighth graders have the exciting opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for an intense, four-day tour of our nation’s capital. Some of the attractions that the boys visit include the U.S. Capitol Building, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, The Smithsonian Institute, The Jefferson Memorial & Tidal Basin, The Lincoln Memorial, The Vietnam & Korean War Memorials, World War II Memorial, The Washington Monument, the Martin Luther King Memorial, Old Towne Alexandria, and Washington, D.C. Union Station.
- 6th GRADE TRIP – Explore scenery and science while educating the “whole boy” with Chaminade’s Outdoor Education Program. In collaboration with the Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyoming, sixth graders at Chaminade embark on a world-class learning experience as they live, work and play in the ecologically diverse Grand Teton National Park and Snake River for an entire week! Teachers at Chaminade team up with graduate students from the Teton Science Schools to guide students through lessons that explore the worlds of ecology, bio-diversity, geology and sustainability. The boys will also gain greater senses of responsibility, independence, teamwork and accountability as they spend a week away from home in the late spring. The Outdoor Education Program engages the boys in an unparalleled education outside the boundaries of the classroom, fostering growth of their minds, bodies, and spirits. The Teton area scenery provides an incredible background as the boys participate in authentic, hands-on experiences and physical activities, such as hiking, animal tracking, field ecology experiments, wildlife observation, conducting ecological field research, field journaling and sketching, practicing “leave-no-trace” guidelines, alpine ecology and GIS/GPS orienteering. The Teton Science Schools’ new Jackson Campus allows the boys to live, work and play in an ecologically-centered environment. Just completed in 2006, the Jackson Campus offers the perfect accommodations for the Chaminade’s Outdoor Education Program.
Multicultural and Diversity Office
Mission: The Multicultural and Diversity Office shows its commitment to the gospel teachings of loving thy neighbor, by formulating proactive strategies in eliminating racism, sexism, classism and discrimination against those with disabilities. Through positive dialogue and support we can increase our levels of acceptance and tolerance to those we deem different.
Vision: The Multicultural and The Diversity Office’s vision is to reduce and eventually rid the campus of acts which are counterproductive to the teachings of the gospel.
The Multiculturaland Diversity Office functions are guided by Five Characteristics of the Catholic Marianist Education:
Educating for Formation of Faith
Providing an Integral, Quality Education
Educating in Family Spirit
Educating for Service, Justice and Peace
Educating for Adaptation and Change
Since August 1998, Mr. Dietrich L. Smith has served as the Director for Diversity. You may contact him at
(314) 993-4400 extension 1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Multicultural and Diversity Office:
Conducts Multicultural and Diversity lectures to Middle and High School students;
Sponsors extra-curricular activities to promote diversity;
Coordinates Servant Leadership projects for international students
Sponsors extra-curricular activities to promote leadership