Global Progams

Blake offers for-credit global immersion opportunities to students in the Upper School. These experiences, which range from one to three weeks, include pre- and post-travel classes, homestays and/or community service, and student-led cumulative research presentations and reflections. Director of Global Programs Dion Crushshon '88 and Blake faculty lead the courses.

2024-25 Blake Global Programs

I created relationships with the others on the trip that I wouldn’t have made otherwise. Whether it was through sharing music on bus rides, trying new foods together, or discussing with each other after moving experiences, we quickly bonded as a group. Being in such historical locations helped the information we learned feel more relevant and resonate. Blake Junior

As an aspiring nuclear engineer, I have always been passionate about tackling climate change through engineering solutions and public advocacy. Seeing a country adapt and build upon geothermal energy is only something you can experience by traveling to Iceland, as it is impossible for most places in the world to efficiently utilize volcanic energy. These experiences open up a world of opportunity and creative thinking, and they allow us to explore things we may never thought to be possible here in Minneapolis.Blake Senior

Study Away

Semester- and year-long international study takes students to countries as diverse as Switzerland, China, France, Italy, Spain, Vietnam and Japan. Study-away programs include the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, D.C., High Mountain Institute in Colorado, the Alzar School in Idaho and Patagonia or School Year Abroad in France, China, Italy and Spain.

I'd never been abroad before, let alone abroad without parents, and aside from a great experience, this trip gave me newfound confidence in my independence. Furthermore, I grew so passionate about the subjects we studied that I am now planning on pursuing food systems sustainability and global health in my post-graduate education.Blake Senior

Global Online Academy

Blake is part of Global Online Academy, a consortium of schools that connects students and teachers to offer rigorous courses, including Digital Journalism, Bioethics, and International Macroeconomics – to name just a few. For a complete listing, see Global Online Academy's Course Catalog.

My time in Ecuador was nothing short of a whole new experience for me, as I got to try foods I've never tried before, see amazing mountains and nature, and also learn a lot of new things along the way. As I look back, I see that this trip taught me how we, as humans, are all really the same in the end. 9th Grader