About

The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) is a selective, semester-long residential program for motivated high school juniors from across the United States. We select students who have shown outstanding character, promise for leadership, and scholastic ability; our students also reflect the racial, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity of the United States.

SEGL provides our students with a unique curriculum emphasizing ethical thinking skills, leadership development, and international affairs. Our location in Washington, DC and our affiliations with noted institutions and individuals ensure our students have access to the best our nation’s capital has to offer.

Our students graduate ready to create positive change in our world.  They return home equipped with a greater understanding of themselves, an academic experience that will inform their college study, new leadership capabilities, and amazing lifelong friends.

We hope you will consider joining us in DC. We look forward to hearing from you.

Our History

On the morning of September 11, 2001, high school teacher Noah Bopp finished teaching World History class, turned on his television, and learned of the unfolding tragedy that continues to affect our world.  The next day, as he faced his students, he realized that the world had changed forever.  And yet our schools were still the same.  America–and the world–needed new leaders who were ethically strong and internationally aware.  The time had come for a new educational model.

After years of planning,  SEGL welcomed its first class of 17 students in Fall 2009.   Another 17 came the following semester.  These pioneers, along with their parents and teachers, made the school a successful reality.

Years later, the school is thriving.  Distinguished guests from across the political spectrum regularly visit the school to speak with students.  Thought leaders like NAIS President Pat Bassett and Harvard professor Howard Gardner have issued statements of support.  Every October, the school welcomes back graduates and families for its annual Homecoming Weekend.  And the venture projects that our graduates are creating have already begun to change our world.

Our Students

In our inaugural year, our students came from 16 states, the District of Columbia, and 5 countries. In our opening semesters:

  • Our students came from urban (33%), suburban (50%), and rural (17%) neighborhoods
  • Our students attended public (33%) and independent (67%) schools
  • Nearly half of our students received significant financial assistance
  • 40% of our students were of color
Our Faculty

SEGL’s distinguished faculty members have come from across the country.  Over 80% of the teaching staff earned degrees from Ivy League institutions; three-quarters have advanced degrees.   More important, their previous experience (from designing AP courses for the College Board to serving with the Peace Corps in Mauritania to working to rehabilitate Ugandan child soldiers) makes them inspiring mentors for our students.

We hope you will consider joining us in DC. We look forward to hearing from you.

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