International Programs and International Development
Menaul School has always educated children from diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and religious backgrounds. In its first several decades, these children mostly came to us from educationally-underserved areas of New Mexico and Colorado. In recent years, Menaul has expanded its mission to serve communities throughout the world; replicating Menaul School’s World Smart curriculum to meet the needs of a new generation of world citizens who want to stand out.
Menaul China is our flagship program, a system of two American-style high schools which operate under the direction of Menaul School Albuquerque. Hundreds of students in China are currently enjoying a World Smart education that will set them apart from the pack. At the conclusion of their education, they will receive the same American diploma received by any Menaul student, along with the same limitless opportunities available to Menaul’s best and brightest.
Menaul School Qingdao (MSQ) – Our largest partner school, Menaul School Qingdao is centered on a brand new seaside campus located in Qingdao’s Blue Silicon Valley development area. Menaul School Qingdao is a premier educational institution in the province of Shandong, with more than 150 students currently receiving an American-style education.
Menaul School Taiyuan (MST) – Our oldest partner school, Menaul School Taiyuan has seen students from Shaanxi province, China move on to international educational success since 2013. MST is currently in the process of building a new, modern campus to match that built in Qingdao, and expects to complete construction in 2019.
Menaul School – Sabela Partnership
In July of 2018, Menaul School embarked upon a new partnership with Sabela Charitable Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide increased educational opportunities to students in Bangladesh. Menaul School has committed to providing a core American curriculum to students in Dhaka, Bangladesh beginning in 2019. These students will learn English, Science, History, and Robotics and Research via an innovative parallel curriculum which will take place alongside their Bangladeshi education. For students who commit to success within the program, opportunities to study in the United States will translate directly into success for these amazing students, and their nation!
Menaul School – People to People International
In 2018, Menaul School has committed to strengthening and deepening its relationship with People to People International. The brainchild of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, People to People was founded with the goal of enhancing international understanding through cross-cultural exchange and education. With Menaul’s world-smart curriculum and People to People’s history of bringing people from different countries together, Menaul School and PTPI are natural partners to expand international education opportunities to students from around the world.
Experience and Expertise:
Lindsey Gilbert, who serves as the current President and Head of Menaul School, has more than 30 years of experience as an educator and head administrator in private, boarding, and international schools. Lindsey has an extensive background in pioneering educational initiatives, such as being the founding high school principal at the Academic Los Pinares in Tegucigalpa Honduras (One of the top international schools in Central America) and playing an integral role in the development of the Dual Diploma program at Menaul School. He holds an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Utah.
Christopher Ferrara serves Menaul School as International Program Coordinator. He is intent on working with both new and established partners throughout the world to help develop first-class education solutions based upon both new and experimental models. Christopher has worked at several institutions within the United States and China, where he developed new learning models to increase student success. Several of his students who followed his methods and programs have gone on to success at Ivy League programs and top 50 universities within the United States. He holds a degree in History from the University of North Florida, a background which has given him the experience and knowledge necessary to help partner institutions to develop an American-style curriculum and institute it, quickly and professionally.
Dr. Feng Zhou has served as the International Program Advisor at Menaul since 2011. With an extensive education and scientific background in both the United States and China, Dr. Zhou has been a catalyst in the recruitment of international students and the development of Menaul’s partnerships with Chinese schools. He is devoted to promoting the exchange of culture and technology between the U.S., China, and beyond. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Genetics from the University of Texas and has a wealth of experience as an instructor, research scientist, and entrepreneur.
For further information on Menaul School’s international partnership programs, please contact Christopher Ferrara at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are able to answer specific questions related to international education solutions, as well as to provide samples of curriculum maps, contracts, professional development, and more.