Our true destiny…is a world built from the bottom up by competent citizens living in solid communities, engaged in and by their places.
– David Orr
Why Should You Pursue the GCD?
Traditional grading systems measure academic ability and focus on a narrow range of skills sets while overlooking other equally important skills. As universities and employers have increasingly acknowledged, grades simply do not provide enough information about the skills and strengths of students. The GCD is intended to fill that gap, showing how learners develop along a more diverse spectrum. Though not required, it is recommended that all students in Years 10 to 13 consider pursuing the diploma, as it benefits them a great deal:
- The GCD showcases their talents in leadership, management, community engagement, global citizenship and other areas not measured through traditional grades.
- The GCD helps them tell their stories to universities, increasing their as more well-rounded applicants who possess multiple strengths and abilities.
- The GCD helps them grow as individuals, becoming more compassionate, confident and responsible.
How much work does the GCD require?
How does the GCD work?
Students can choose to complete one of three levels of recognition: the Global Citizen Certificate, Global Citizen Diploma or Global Citizen Diploma with Distinction. The requirements for each are detailed on the GCD website.