Since 1974, the Embassy Adoption Program, in partnership with the Washington Performing Arts Society, works with 5th and 6th grade students, to infuse global education in the classroom. A class is “adopted” by an embassy, creating a bond with both our local and international community. Students spend a year immersed in programs that aim to enhance cultural competency; increase cross-cultural communication skills; and aid in student understanding of local and global communities.
Program highlights include classroom sessions, hosted by embassy representatives; field trips to gain hands-on experience with their adopted culture; a final presentation demonstrating acquired knowledge for the ambassador and embassy representatives; and a Mini United Nations event held between all DCPS Embassy Adoption classrooms.
The Embassy Adoption Program is a compelling opportunity that could only exist in the District of Columbia, and at DC Public Schools. It is an opportunity to expand students’ global understanding, increase interactive programming options, and continue on that road to becoming the highest performing urban district in the nation.