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Leadership Education

Leadership is a skill that our faculty and staff intentionally cultivate in our students. Forest Ridge is a school known around the Seattle and Western Washington area for encouraging leadership in young women both academically and through other diverse activities. 

Our school-wide leadership curriculum is designed to develop:
  • Personal leaders who have a strong sense of their strengths and values and are able to motivate themselves to set goals and persist through challenges.
  • Inclusive leaders who understand, value and appreciate differences and are able to bring the best out in others.
  • Ethical leaders who look out for the good of all and understand that their actions have impact.
  • Innovative leaders who believe problems have solutions and work to use their gifts and the talents of others to find solutions.
  • Globally-minded leaders who understand that their actions and choices have impact beyond themselves and that the resources of our world need to be cared for and shared.

Global Experiences

Where a student challenges boundaries and traverses borders into a cross-cultural experience expanding her personal realm of intellectual rigor and passion, while encountering current and critical global issues. Global Experiences encourages the student to open her heart and mind, through observation, deep listening, participation and immersion. Her journey continually woven with the Forest Ridge Integrated Global Curriculum, she will have the opportunity to grow in skill and leadership into a true global citizen and steward, confident and capable of cultural mobility.

Trip costs subject to change

2019 Experiences

List of 5 items.

  • ARIZONA: Resource Sustainability and Climate Change – Spring Break

    Experience the life of a professional conservation biologist as you explore nature and encounter adorable owls in the Chiricahua Mountains southwest of Tucson, Arizona. On this 1-week Earthwatch Expedition, you’ll learn from leading scientists from HawkWatch International about the stunning biodiversity of Arizona’s “Sky Islands.” This experience is more than just educational; you will actively participate in research by collecting data to be used for publications by the scientists. With our special research permits, we will capture tiny owls under starry skies. Each day, we will explore the forests and study the owls’ habitat. We’ll be staying at the renowned Southwestern Research Campus in dormitories with all meals provided.

    March 29–April 5, 2019 (Spring break), Trip leader is Corina Rahmig crahmig@forestridge.org $3,150 all-inclusive, tax-deductible travel, accommodations and food
    Six students minimum–ten students maximum
  • MOROCCO: Social Justice and Cultural Immersion – Summer

    Morocco is lcated at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East. On this 10-day immersive trip, students will experience the rich cultural mix of the country's indigenous Berber, Arab, African, and European influences as they participate in community engagement activities alongside locals on education projects and social programs, and learn about Moroccan culture and history through host family stays. ImPrint Ed Abroad will help us explore current socio-political issues like modernism and Islam and migration will give students an on-the-ground look into pressing global issues. In both the modern cities of Rabat and Fes and in the rural area of Oued Ifrane students will experience how the dynamic push and pull of tradition and modernity affect culture, religion, and politics. Though pre-trip programing, travel experiences and reflection, students will develop critical analysis, creative problem solving, collaboration, and empathy. This trip will be a transformative, perspective-changing experience for rising high school 10th-12th graders.

    June 14–23, 2019, Trip Leader is Mercy Hume mhume@forestridge.org
    $4,100 inclusive travel, accommodations and food
    Visa information: No visas needed for US or Chinese citizens.
    Eight students minimum – twelve students maximum
  • WYOMING: Reconciliation and Self-discovery – Summer

    This is an amazing opportunity to see and understand a remote and significant part of our country’s past and present. Experience a week on horseback and yoga through daily rides through the stunning high country of east central Wyoming, much of it inaccessible by road. Learn about the history, geology, geography and environment of our least populated state from the wranglers at the Bitterroot ranch who accompany our rides. As we ride and hike over private, federal and Shoshone land, current issues arising from these topics, including local Native American history, natural resources and land use, animal preservation and invasive species will be discussed.

    June 16–23, 2019, Trip leader is Dana Van Reeth (dvanreeth@forestridge.org)
    $3,400 inclusive travel, accommodations and food
    Ten students minimum – twelve students maximum
  • SPAIN: Walk the Route of Santiago de Compostella – Summer

    Come walk this incredible journey with us. We invite you to the Camino de Santiago, the famed pilgrimage route in northern Spain, and become part of more than a thousand years’ worth of history and footsteps. We will walk the classic stages of the route on this 8-day pilgrimage, following the beautiful footpaths of Galicia, while exploring tiny farming villages where time has stood still. We’ll amble through land of luscious rolling hills with views of rich grains and vines, cows in verdant meadows, and stunning mountain ranges. The pilgrimage known today as Route of Santiago de Compostella or Camino de Santiago is so popular and so appreciated all over the world that since 1993 it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By covering the final 113 kilometers (70 miles) of the Camino, you’re eligible to receive the Compostela, the official certificate of completion issued by the Cathedral in Santiago. Many consider the experience a spiritual retreat from modern life.

    June 17–27, 2019, Trip Leader is Concepcion Lindgren clindgren@forestridge.org, Chaperone is Kelly Sullivan-Wynn ksullivanwynn@forestridge.org
    $5,200 inclusive travel, accommodation and food Visa information: No visa needed for US passport holders.
    Visa for Chinese citizens will need to apply for a visa online.
    Eight students minimum – Twelve students maximum
  • International Rescue Committee Summer Camp

    Help support newly arriving refugee children by working at a Showalter Middle School in Tukwila at a summer camp run by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a large refugee resettlement non-profit and other offices across the country, the IRC helps refugees to rebuild their lives. The International Rescue Committee’s programs located in south Seattle and other parts of the Puget Sound region include resettlement support, economic empowerment, community integration, health and wellness, protection, education, food access and nutrition. Students will work alongside college interns and IRC staff helping the children learn basic English, reading and math skills, while also having a lot of play time and fun! Several afternoons the students will work in the community garden with some of the adulty refugee family members.

    Dates TBD: most likely July 8-12 and July 15-19 (8:00–1:00 M/W/F and 8:00–3:00 T/TH) $250
    Eight students minimum – Fourteen students maximum

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