About College of Staten Island High School for International Studies

CSI High School’s consistent, curriculum-wide emphasis on the infusion of international content and study of international issues provides a unifying framework for the school’s instructional program. This theme not only provides a common focus in the development and adaptation of course content, it stimulates the development of common habits of mind such as analyzing the validity of information from a variety of perspectives, exploring and understanding linkages across cultural, economic and political lines, and understanding the significance of the past with respect to current events.

As a benefit of our collaboration with the College of Staten Island, students will have access to take College Courses at various points during the year. The NYCDOE College Now program is available for students at CSI HS, allowing them to either take courses at the CSI campus or in the CSI HS building.

Our Mission

The mission of The College of Staten Island (CSI) High School for International Studies is to prepare students for college and, ultimately, success in an interconnected world. All students will study world history, languages and affairs; all classes focus on developing student literacy and critical thinking skills. When students graduate from this innovative, small school, they will have the necessary knowledge and skills to build a strong foundation for a career in an internationally oriented profession and to participate responsibly and ethically as a global citizen.

Highlights of CSI HS

Small schools mean rigor, relevance and relationships

A dedicated expert faculty provides rigorous, inquiry-based instruction and lead small advisory groups, which gives focused guidance to every student throughout the high school years. Currently, the high school has 485 students.

What are international studies?

International studies means learning about the geography, history, culture and languages of other world regions. All courses will examine themes of international inter-dependency.

Why does it matter?

Currently, one in six U.S. jobs is tied to international trade. Careers in the arts, science, academia, healthcare and many other sectors also depend on international exchange. This will only increase in the coming decades. The world of tomorrow is being shaped in CSI High School’s classrooms today.

Community Partners

The CSI High School for International Studies is located in the Jerome Parker Campus, but is a New York City Department of Education Region 7 public high school. It is made possible through a partnership with The College of Staten Island and Asia Society and generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Our Beliefs:

We value each individual. We believe one person can make a difference.

We value the process of learning. We believe knowledge is power and the journey is the reward.

We believe that each member of our learning community is vital to our success. We value the diverse contributions of each member of our learning community. We believe people learn best from each other in heterogeneous, collaborative groupings.

We value the differences and similarities of the human spirit and the people of the world. We believe that we are all linked in some way.

We value effective communication and creative problem solving skills. We believe in the importance of understanding each other and our world.

We value challenges. We believe that anything worth doing requires passion, persistence, commitment, risk taking and creativity.

We value respect, responsibility, reflective thinking, accountability, flexibility, kindness, resourcefulness, generosity and integrity. We believe in moral and ethical behavior.

We value a supportive, caring and safe environment. We believe in providing a forum for global and international studies from multiple perspectives for all of our students.

We value our local and global communities.We believe in embracing our responsibilities as contributing members in our communities through responsibilities and informed decision making and through community service.

We value a community of practice. We believe collectively that every child will succeed.