Webb School of Knoxville
Webb School of Knoxville
Global Education

Stretching our boundaries.

We like to say the world is our classroom. The interconnectedness of the global community inspires students to be curious about our multicultural world and to dig deeper than simply acquiring a second language.

Webb School’s Global Education Program is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to understanding international concepts, cultures, and perspectives – fostering global competency and encouraging students to engage and respond empathetically to issues of international significance. We aspire to develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for our students to successfully interact, thrive and lead in an increasingly globalized world.

International Center

The Coleman-Lange International Center brings together Middle School and Upper School language classrooms, creating an international environment where target languages are spoken in learning spaces that are designed and decorated specifically to reflect target cultures. A kitchen and eating space adjacent to the commons allows for cooking demonstrations, hands-on preparation, and sampling of international cuisines.

World Languages Grades Offered
Spanish Pre K - 12th
French 6th - 12th
Latin 6th - 12th
Mandarin Chinese 9th - 12th

We Believe...

  • Developing global citizenship is a key component to a Webb education

  • Developing a growth mindset is critically important as our students learn about themselves and their relationships with people around the world

  • A comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to learning about global issues will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for success in an increasingly interconnected world

  • Active, project-based learning that puts students at the center of their education will cultivate a mindset that empowers students to lead now and in the future


Global Competencies

Webb School aspires to develop within our students …


  • A curiosity about world cultures and global issues

  • Respect, empathy, and humility toward people from different cultures

  • A willingness to consider perspectives differently than one currently holds

  • An openness to new ideas and ways of thinking

  • A commitment to work toward basic equality of all people

  • An appreciation for the potential of every person


  • An understanding of one’s own culture and background, and how they impact relationships with others

  • An understanding of how geography influences cultures around the world

  • An understanding of the historical forces that shape the current situation of a culture

  • An understanding of the various types of government and non-government organizations (NGOs), and how they shape global affairs

  • An understanding of the role that religion plays in a specific culture

  • An understanding of the economic influences within a culture or multiple cultures

  • A recognition of the other key pieces – art, science, technology, public health, environmental issues, and sustainability –  that impact its place of a culture in an interconnected world

  • An understanding of how nations collaborate to address global concerns and work toward conflict resolution and global peace

  • An understanding of a second language and linguistic identity


  • The ability to interact with people of diverse cultures while demonstrating respect and humility

  • Research skills that allow a student to examine more thoroughly, both near and far

  • Ability to demonstrate innovation and creativity in creating solutions to real-life global issues

  • Digital technology skills that enhance learning and communicating 

  • The capacity to think critically and to work collaboratively

  • Communication and presentation skills that allow for articulation of evidence-based solutions

Experience Life at Webb

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