The School for Ethics and Global Leadership


How education should be

SEGL students bring a diversity of values, perspectives, and experiences to our community. They are students who want to be empowered to create change; inspired to step out of their comfort zone; and prepared for wherever life may take them. They will encounter incredible opportunities in and out of the classroom, with classmates and within their program’s city.

At SEGL, students experience how education should be. Daily, they are challenged to think critically and creatively through case studies; to deeply engage with ideas - their own and those of others; and to regularly reflect on their identities and beliefs. SEGL students take advantage of the opportunity to help shape their experience, and are active leaders in and out of the classroom. The SEGL experience is dynamic, thought-provoking, and fun!

Semester schools offer a unique, immersive experience - one that provides a rigorous college preparatory academic program, and goes beyond it to challenge what students may think school is. SEGL’s model inspires students to value and cultivate lives of ethical inquiry, nurtures the leadership capacity in each student, and challenges students with hands-on, real-world opportunities to create positive change.

Program Offerings

Semester Programs

SEGL offers fall and spring semester programs in Washington, DC and Johannesburg, South Africa. During the academic year, SEGL students take a full course load of honors/AP-level junior year courses, in addition to participating fully in our Ethics and Leadership programming. Generally, each student takes a core schedule of English, history, math, foreign language, and science classes, in addition to the required Ethics and Leadership class. Students who choose to take Advanced Placement (AP) and/or SAT II subject tests that correspond to SEGL course offerings will be well-prepared for them, and all courses allow students to reintegrate smoothly into honors classrooms at their sending school. Course placement is determined in partnership with each sending school’s requirements.

Summer Institute

In our Summer Institute, SEGL students immerse themselves in our Ethics and Leadership curriculum, completing the full semester of coursework in the five-week program based in London, England. Students visit think tanks, NGOs, and government offices; meet with UK-based leaders and experts; and enhance their public speaking, debate, and collaborative skills.

Choose your campus

SEGL in Washington DC

SEGL in Washington DC

Live and learn in the heart of our nation’s capital. Study politics in a State Department conference room. Discuss policy at an Embassy down the street. Do homework at the Library of Congress. See the Supreme Court from your dorm window. Take introductory Arabic and Mandarin language courses. Play a game of pick-up soccer on the U.S. Capitol lawn. Go for a run on the National Mall. Visit the Smithsonian museums. Take a weekend stroll to Eastern Market.

SEGL in Johannesburg, South Africa

SEGL in Johannesburg, South Africa

Live and learn in the City of Gold, South Africa’s cultural and economic capital, alongside students from African Leadership Academy (ALA), the African continent’s premier leadership institution. Take a class in entrepreneur leadership or philosophy. Use design thinking while exploring art, health, education, or agribusiness in the Build Lab. Participate in Model African Union or join the ALApella singing group on campus. Compete in house tournaments with your dorm mates. Visit Constitution Hill, the former prison and military fort where anti-Apartheid leaders were imprisoned. See African wildlife up close while on safari. Taste the flavors of the country with a traditional braai.

Summer Institute: London, England

Summer Institute: London, England

Spend your summer in one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. Discuss British politics in a Parliament conference room. Debate the pros and cons of Brexit with politicians. Consider the ethics of imperialism at the British Museum. Study the British Empire's legacy at the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace. Play a game of pick-up football (aka soccer) at Regents Park. Go for a run along the Thames River. Browse literature from around the world at Daunt Books. Explore food stalls at Borough Market.