Pompano Beach High School (PBHS) is a magnet school with a focus on International Affairs with Information Technology. In recent years, the school began to embrace the magnet theme by providing opportunities for students to obtain a broader understanding of the world around them through:
Our adventure began after a former teacher, Ms. Julia Perlowski, traveled to India on a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms fellowship. Other teachers participated in similar exchange opportunities. PBHS teachers established relationships with a diverse group of exceptional educators, thus allowing us to invite colleagues to the first summit in 2012. Attendees from the original summit included educators and students from Japan and Sweden. The interaction and enthusiasm from our visitors were tremendous.
After the success of the first summit, plans for the second were quickly underway. Building the relationships between partnering schools made the second summit possible. Educators and their students traveled from Poland, Brazil, France, and India. Additionally, PBHS facilitated overseas trips for students and teachers to experience various schools and cultures, resulting in establishing further relationships.
The summit in 2017 was built on the success of the previous two summits with the spotlight shining on three schools from China. As Mandarin Chinese is a popular language offered at PBHS, students enjoyed interacting with students from the Chinese schools. We also enjoyed our returning guests from Brazil, France, and Poland. Relationships with educators and students continued to grow, so our summit expanded to include Egypt, Haiti, Ireland, and Switzerland.
The International Summit 2019 will host a record number of participants with many returning schools and old friends attending. In addition to the returning schools from the 2017 summit, additional schools from India, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe will find their way to Pompano Beach High School.
As our spectacular event grows, we look forward to providing more students with opportunities to interact with their peers from around the world.