Cultural Exchange

Our academic program is complemented by active, multi-faceted experiential education. As part of our mission to educate the next generation of global leaders, we offer several cultural exchange programs with schools both locally and around the world.

Each fall since 2009, students from the Colegio Tarbut School, a renowned Jewish day school in Buenos Aires, Argentina visit Barrack. While here, they observe our classes, help our Spanish students with language skills, and share stories about Argentinian culture and Jewish life. Our students often maintain their connections to these new friends outside of school, bringing a new dimension to their conversational language skills and global world view.

Our hands-on learning and exchange programs encourage our scholars to understand different cultural and community perspectives, enhance interest in global issues, and develop lifelong friendships with peers locally and around the globe.

Galilee Dreamers visitors

Every year, we welcome a delegation of Arab Israeli and Jewish Israeli teens and educators through our cross-cultural Galilee Dreamers (formerly Sparks of Change) program. This exchange promotes coexistence among the Israeli participants and enables our students to engage in dialogue and learn about the complexity and potential of life in Israel as a teenager. Barrack family volunteers host the visiting teens in pairs (one Arab Israeli and one Jewish Israeli student), allowing them to interact on a personal level while giving our families the chance to facilitate and participate in this unique cultural exchange experience.

To advance mutual respect, understanding, and solidarity with the local Catholic community, each year Barrack juniors and seniors participate in the Friends in Faith Program, which was started in 2010 under the joint sponsorship of the American Jewish Committee-Philadelphia, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University (SJU). To facilitate learning and dialogue, our students meet with students from the Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford for interfaith discussions about repentance and forgiveness, holidays and festivals, redemption, liberation, and freedom.

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