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Sister Schools Abroad (SSA) provides an opportunity for students, teachers and administrators in schools K-12 to interact with Chicago’s 28 international sister city partners. SSA is active in more than 50 schools and has ongoing programs that have directly engaged over 15,000 youth in global thinking.

SSA initiates, implements and supports the development of strong ties between Chicago schools and their international counterparts. Through academic exchanges that span language acquisition, cultural exploration, science education, sports and more, SSA gives students access to a truly global education. Get started by creating a school profile

Chicago SSA network is a partnership between Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

Overall Program Goals

  • Facilitate relationships between schools in Chicago and its 28 sister cities;
  • Encourage a global classroom environment where students develop skills in language, diplomacy and international affairs;
  • Develop desire and confidence in youth to learn foreign languages while being exposed to different cultures;
  • Enable teachers and principals to share “best practice methods” in their classrooms and schools.

Connect with a School
A strong commitment to SSA by the principal, the staff, and the administrators of the schools are the key to dynamic matches. Schools in Chicago and abroad can learn more about connecting here.

Exchange Opportunities
The bond between schools is developed as teachers and students collaborate on projects and integrate their relationship into their existing curriculum.  
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Featured Schools and Successful Initiatives
Read about Francis W. Parker’s outstanding project exchange

Chicago Public Schools
Center for International Studies
Safari Montage

**Winner of the 2007, 2009, and 2010 Youth & Education Award from Sister Cities International**

For more information:
Phone: 312.201.4525

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