An Independent Day School for Grades 6-12

Global Initiatives

Understanding the Rapidly Changing World

Whether it’s peering into the depths of a volcano in Nicaragua, leading classes in Namibia, or listening to a human rights expert speak about challenges facing contemporary China, students at Crystal have myriad opportunities for learning about the world beyond its borders.
The Global Initiatives program provides educational and experiential learning opportunities for students both at home and abroad. Through the Global Speaker Series, short-term study trips, bilateral exchange partnerships, international internships, and study away opportunities, students can learn about and experience life in diverse cultures while integrating closely with the academic curriculum.

Global Trips

Each year, Crystal offers global experiential learning opportunities for its students. In recent years, students traveled to China, France, Peru, Costa Rica, Guadeloupe, India, Spain, Morocco, Germany, Zambia, and Botswana. Some excursions are tied to curriculum with the Berlin (Germany)/Washington, D.C. trip specifically linked to the Power of Memory course. Many of the trips have service components, guided historical inquiries, robust people-to-people exchanges, and cultural activities.

Middle School 2019-20
•Quebec, Costa Rica, and Iceland (Shanghai cancelled)

Upper School 2019-20
•Les Beaux, Marseilles & Paris
•Power of Memory History Elective: Berlin & Washington, D.C.
•Science Field Research to Honduras
•(China cancelled)
•Asheville Shakespeare Festival

Nondiscriminatory Policy: Crystal Springs Uplands School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.