Exposing our students to different cultures and global perspectives is an integral aspect of our future-focused vision. Our schoolwide third language program, Global Studies Program, Connected North partnership, Global Online Academy membership, internationally recognized debate and Model UN clubs, and global service trips are a few examples of our desire and commitment to prepare our students to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
Third Language Program
At WPGA, language is approached from a holistic and global perspective, learning vocabulary and syntax as well as celebrating the cultural practices, art, music, architecture and holidays of the countries whose people speak that language. From junior kindergarten, students take French and a third language (Mandarin or Spanish). Beginning in grade 7, students can join study clubs for international language exams such as the Diploma of French Language Studies (DELF) and Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE). (WPGA is the only DELE testing centre in Vancouver.)

Global Studies Program 
Our senior social studies department, inspired by their participation at Harvard Graduate School’s Think Tank on Global Education, oversee the Global Studies Program. Grades 11 and 12 students must apply for enrollment in this diploma program, which centres on a different topic each year: in 2017-2018, the research focus was global health; in 2018-2019, the theme is design thinking, that is, how cities are created. Students seek research support from UBC faculty and graduate students to create solutions to current global issues that can be implemented at a local level. These projects are presented at a Global Studies Symposium hosted at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. 

Global Online Academy 
As only one of two Canadian members of Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of independent schools worldwide, WPGA offers grades 11 and 12 students the opportunity to take online courses such as Medical Problem Solving, Comparative Politics, Gender Studies, Bioethics, Game Theory and Digital Journalism with peers from other leading schools worldwide. GOA courses have a global perspective, are similar in intensity and challenge to AP courses, and are highly regarded by postsecondary admissions officersAndrew Bendl, Head of Social Studies, Senior School, and GOA Site Director, co-developed the Global Health course for GOA. Students present individual projects each year at GOA's annual Catalyst Conference, one of the largest online conferences for and by students, whose interactive, multimedia projects are designed to spark conversation and change in their local communities.

Debate, Model UN and Public Speaking Clubs 
WPGA offers one of the largest, most comprehensive debate and Model United Nations (Model UN) school programs in North America. The intermediate club (grades 4–7) and senior club (grades 8–12) includes 125 students; both clubs compete at local, provincial, national, and international debate and public speaking competitions. The senior club includes Model UN, which further develops students’ negotiation skills and understanding of global issues. In Model UN, students compete at provincial and national tournaments, attend Harvard Model UN each year, and every October host the Vancouver Model Youth United Nations in Whistler for students from schools across the Lower Mainland.

Connected North Program 
Our social studies classes participate in Connected North, a virtual learning exchange between WPGA and schools in Canada's remote northern communities, including Arviat, Nunavut, and Black Lake, Saskatchewan. WPGA was part of the pilot program in 2014 and has taken continued to help expand the program, a partnership between government, CAIS, the University of Toronto and Cisco Systems, Inc., which provides its TelePresence technology to connect the schools. WPGA's Parent Volunteer Group helps fund WPGA's participation in this program, a unique opportunity for students to learn about First Nations communities and to explore what identifies and unites us as Canadians. 

Grade 7 Experiential Trips 
Visiting new places is critical for self-growth and learning—travel expands self-awareness, provides context in curriculum, and exposes us to cultural norms and values that may differ from our own. In 2017–2018, we launched three grade 7 trip experiences to Europe, Québec/Ontario and Vancouver Island (one trip per student). These annual educational trips offer students the opportunity to practice their language skills, learn about historical sites and events firsthand, make scientific discoveries, explore marine life, and develop an appreciation for the cultural and environmental diversity within Canada and abroad.