Eugene International High School

Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Studies

Eugene International High School (EIHS) is a teacher-developed school-within-a-school across three high school campuses in that serves approximately 1,300 students in grades 9 to 12. Established 20 years ago, the required core curriculum centers around culture, history, economics, and political and belief systems. Each grade level focuses on a particular region of the world through coursework and students develop a culminating research project and engage in internationally oriented community service during their senior year. Students are required to take at least three years of French, Spanish, Japanese or German, and Eugene also offers the option of immersion study in Spanish or French through which students take four content classes in their target language in conjunction with four years of language classes. The school will soon add a Chinese language immersion option through a new collaboration with the Center for Applied Second Language Acquisition at the University of Oregon. Graduates earn either an International Baccalaureate degree or an International Studies Certificate of Advanced Mastery, the latter of which was developed by Eugene and has since been adopted by the state of Oregon.