Global Education

The Nightingale schoolhouse extends to the world-class city just outside our blue doors and to the globe beyond.

Nightingale is one of only 16 independent schools across the country to be admitted into Round Square, a consortium of 200 independent schools in 50 countries around the world. Membership in Round Square opens up new opportunities for students and faculty members to participate in exchange programs or service learning projects at schools already vetted through Round Square’s intensive application process.

One of the pillars of our Upper School program is the Class IX trip to London. Whether or not she has been there before, each girl sees the city, and herself, through new eyes. The trip is the capstone to months of study linking literature, history, science, and art—this last discipline exemplified as every student presents a lecture about an artist while standing in front of the artist’s work in the National Gallery. Upper School students studying world religions have twice traveled to holy sites throughout India over spring vacation, while advanced science students in Classes VII and VIII have done fieldwork in Costa Rica, the American Southwest, and Iceland. Our Chamber Chorus has toured throughout Europe and South Africa, and our classics students have traveled extensively throughout Rome and southern Italy. A variety of additional spring break travel opportunities are offered each year as well. From the quantity and quality of our curricular trips and semester-away opportunities to our longstanding community service program, Nightingale’s engagement with the wider world is unsurpassed in independent schools.

In addition to international trips that arise out of Nightingale's curriculum, our students participate in a number of overnight trips (beginning in Class IV) that allow them to focus on leadership skills, team-building, and social-emotional development. 

Upper School students also have the opportunity to participate in a number of programs and exchanges that allow them to expand their educational horizons and develop lifelong friendships with students around the world. To the right is a list of the diverse programs available to our Upper School girls.

Spring break Travel Programs

Programs and Exchanges for Upper School Students

Ascham School

The exchange with this girls' boarding school in Sydney, Australia allows girls to spend six weeks down under, then host Ascham students here in New York.

High Mountain Institute

This program in Leadville, Colorado, explores the natural world both in the classroom and while hiking, backpacking, and climbing.

Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki

Housed on a 400-acre coastal peninsula in Maine, students focus on environmental issues in this interdisciplinary program.

Mountain School

This semester-long, co-ed program is located on a 300-acre farm in Vermont, which students help run.

St. Mary's School

This three-week exchange takes students to Johannesburg, South Africa, where they live with a host family and attend classes. Students who participate in this exchange also host St. Mary’s students in New York.

St. Paul's Girls' School

This spring vacation exchange in London allows students to live with an English family and take classes with the host student.

School for Ethics and
Global Leadership

This semester-long program in Washington, DC, emphasizes ethical thinking, leadership, development, and international affairs.

School Year Abroad (SYA)

This program places juniors and seniors with host families in Italy, Spain, France, or China. Students spend a full year immersed in a foreign language and culture, while attending schools administered by SYA.

Swiss Semester

This rigorous co-ed program for 40 Americans is based in Zermatt, Switzerland; the emphasis is on outdoor activities.