Round Square is a worldwide association of 140 independent schools on five continents. Each school subscribes to Round Square's IDEALS: internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership, and service. Round Square schools share a commitment to the educational philosophy of Kurt Hahn, one of the Twentieth Century's innovative educators. The founder of Outward Bound, Hahn believed that schools should have a greater purpose than merely preparing students for college: schools should also prepare students for life by having students engage in service to others, adventure, leadership training, and international understanding. A powerful force in promoting international understanding is learning to understand the perspectives of other cultures. Through their student exchange programs, Round Square schools teach students to see themselves as global citizens who look beyond gender, class, race, nationality, and culture to understand our differences as well as our shared human nature.
Each year programs are initiated around the world by Round Square member schools to help institutionally and culturally different — but like-minded — schools to work together to improve the quality of life for people through service projects, annual conferences, exchanges, and outdoor expeditions. The result is the understanding that each one of us can make a positive difference as global citizens.
Chadwick Upper School students can apply to attend a Round Square school as an exchange student. More information about exchanges to Round Square schools is by clicking on "Outgoing Exchanges" in the right-hand column. Interested students should contact Mr. Chad Detloff, Director of Global Programs, to discuss the possibilities and obtain an application.
Upper Schoolers can also apply to represent Chadwick at an international and regional Round Square conference. Learn more about these in the column to the right.