About Us
The Center for Global Studies is a magnet school-within-a-school committed to preparing students to become citizens of our global society.

Our 290 students learn Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese, study the cultures and history of Asia or the Middle East, read literature from around the world, and travel on two-week study tours to broaden their understanding of the world.

We are proud to expand our program to include the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The IB mission is simple--by educating students we can create a better world. The IB learner profile expresses the IB mission statement in action.

The CGS is located within Norwalk’s Brien McMahon High School, a comprehensive high school that was completely renovated in 2005. The result is a beautiful building that is home to a diverse student population of more than 1700 students. CGS occupies a section of the west wing of the building, and our classrooms are equipped with Smartboards and chromebooks. We have a large community room for cultural events and a working kitchen where students cook international foods.

Students choose to come to CGS from all over Fairfield County from suburbs like Darien, Ridgefield, and Fairfield and cities like Bridgeport, Stamford, and Norwalk. They study language, literature, and history in the CGS, and they enroll in global studies-themed math, science, art, gym, health, and other electives through Brien McMahon HS.

Our students are special. They want to learn unusual languages and gain cultural understanding.  They want to travel to foreign countries to live with families, attend school, and see the world.   They want to make friends with students from different towns.  Their intellectual energy and curiosity create a vibrant sense of community in the Center for Global Studies.

Please learn more about us from this website or by contacting the CGS for more information.  

Julie Parham, Director


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300 Highland Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854

Telephone: 203-852-9488, press 2