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30 High Schools Around the World Named “World-Leading Learners” and Invited to Join Global Learning Network
17 High Schools from the U.S. Invited to Join the Global Learning Network’s 2017 Cohort of 30 Schools from the United States, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, and Canada

Liz Baker, 646-504-3231

NEW YORK, NY – October 30, 2017 – Today, 30 high schools from around the world were named 2017 World-Leading Learners and invited to join the Global Learning Network (GLN), a community of educators from exemplary schools that develop, practice, and share innovative approaches to education that ensure their students are prepared for career and lifelong success.

U.S. World-Leading Learners:

  • Roscoe Collegiate High School; Roscoe, TX
  • Cesar E. Chavez High School; Houston, TX
  • Energy Institute High School; Houston, TX
  • Science and Engineering Magnet School; Dallas, TX
  • Berkmar High School; Gwinnett County, GA
  • Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Gwinnett County, GA
  • Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design; Denver, CO
  • STEM School Highlands Ranch; Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Colorado Early College Fort Collins; Fort Collins, CO
  • Middle College High School; Memphis, TN
  • Mt. Pleasant High School; Mt. Pleasant, TN
  • STEM School of Chattanooga; Chattanooga, TN
  • Manhattan Hunter Science High School; New York, NY
  • Kettle Moraine High School of Health Sciences; Wales, WI
  • Destrehan High School; Destrehan, LA
  • Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning; Bossier City, LA
  • Dutchtown High School; Geismar, LA

International World-Leading Learners:

  • Lord Shaughnessy High School; Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Mulgrave School; West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Bavarian International School e.V; Haimhausen, Germany
  • Freiherr-vom-Stein-Schule Neumünster; Frankfurt, Germany
  • Frankfurt International School; Oberursel, Germany
  • Mokpo Hye-in Girls Middle School; Mokpo, South Korea
  • Seoul Foreign School; Seoul, South Korea
  • FCN Learning Lab; Seoul, South Korea
  • GEMS World Academy; Singapore
  • International School of Lausanne; Le Mont-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland
  • International School of Zug and Luzern; Baar, Switzerland
  • Technische Fachschule Bern; Bern, Switzerland
  • CYP; Zürich, Switzerland

In December, leaders from the selected World-Leading Learner schools will head to Boston and meet with peer school leaders from the U.S., Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, and Canada for the Global Learning Network’s 2017 Convening of World-Leading Learners: Rethinking Education for the 21st Century, co-hosted by America Achieves and the OECD.

“We are witnessing the most significant and fast-paced economic change in recent global history. We need to recognize the significant implications these changes have on the workforce and the knowledge and skills students will need for their future careers,” said Jon Schnur, Executive Chairman of America Achieves, which runs the Global Learning Network. “Schools need to change as the world is changing. This year’s cohort is made up of exemplary schools from around the world that are adapting to prepare their students to be successful in a fast-changing labor market. I’m looking forward to meeting the leaders of these schools at the Global Learning Network Convening in December.”

“Modern schools need to help all students achieve their highest potential, and to play active roles to shape societies and economies of future in a changing world.  We look forward to the convening of world-leading learners to share the best practices between schools and explore new ways for schools to develop as learning organizations”, said Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the OECD.

America Achieves’ Global Learning Network, in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), invited a cohort of 30 high schools from around the world to participate in the Global Learning Network’s 2017 Convening of World-Leading Learners: Rethinking Education for the 21st Century. In the United States, state departments of education and partner organizations nominated schools for this opportunity. Once nominated, schools were interviewed, and 17 schools were selected from 7 states. Outside of the U.S., 13 schools from 5 countries were invited by the OECD. Each school was selected for their strong progress in at least one of the following categories: 

  • Excellence – schools that exhibit high academic achievement;
  • Equity – schools that are reducing the achievement gap between racial and socioeconomic groups;
  • Innovation – schools that are aligning classroom outcomes with local labor market skills that are crucial to success in the 21st century economy.

For more information about the Global Learning Network and the 2017 cohort of World-Leading Learners, please visit


About the Global Learning Network:

The Global Learning Network is a network of educators from exemplary schools that develop, practice, and share innovative approaches to education that ensure their students are prepared for career and lifelong success. Our mission is to help schools around the globe better prepare students to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. We achieve this by recruiting and convening leaders of world-leading schools to share insights, resources, and best practices for continually improving student success and education in - and beyond - schools.

About America Achieves
America Achieves’ mission is to create clear pathways for economic advancement, civic engagement, and success for all in a rapidly changing economy. We work with educators, employers, and other leaders across sectors to build bridges between education and success in work and life.  With partners, we create proof points of systemic change and success and build, use, and communicate an evidence base of what works. Learn more at

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