Dear San Domenico Community Members,
Having just returned from a trip to China, I write the word “community” today with a much deeper and broader understanding of what that means. Over the course of two weeks, I met with the parents of some of our students as well as alumni and prospective families. As I confronted changes in time zones, unfamiliar foods, and foreign language customs, I realized the tremendous challenge that attending our School presents for all of our international students and what courageous individuals they are; it underscored the tremendous responsibility we have for all of our international students who are attending from countries across the globe.
In talking with our Chinese parents (who were most gracious hosts, showing our SD contingent around Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong), it was clear that they have chosen San Domenico for many of the same reasons as our local families: to provide their children with an excellent education that prepares them well for college while also encouraging them to help to find their own sense of purpose to guide them along the way.
The trip also reinforced how important global education is in today’s world; a world in which more than 1.3 billion people speak Chinese and roughly 917 million speak Mandarin, making it the most commonly spoken language in the world; and where 69.6% of world-wide employment is in a multinational company.
Most top schools today talk of educating global citizens; however that is hard to do in a vacuum. Learning firsthand about perspectives and cultures other than your own is critical to a global mindset. At SD—with boarding students from 14 countries —we have a unique opportunity to get to know classmates, students, and families from around the world. It is a unique point of distinction that I encourage you to embrace!
感谢您加入我们的社区 (Thank you for being part of our community).
Cecily Stock '77, M.A., J.D.
Head of School