CHEER is one of the founding members of the World Leading Schools Association (WLSA). During CHEER's 5th World Leading Schools Forum event organized by CHEER in New York in 2011, heads from secondary schools around the globe identified the need to develop an enhanced understanding and cooperation between schools. From these discussions grew the desire to create a formal network of selected leading schools around the world. In collaboration with Eton College, Groton School, Geelong Grammar School, Harvard-Westlake School, Beijing No.4 High School, the High School Affiliated to Fudan University (FDFZ) and CHEER, the World Leading Schools Association was born.
WLSA is a community of students, educators and leaders from secondary schools and universities around the world collaborating and learning from one another through innovative programs and networking. The WLSA mission is to mobilize a growing network of secondary schools and universities seeking to encourage cross-cultural dialogue, curriculum development, and resource sharing and to help students on their path to becoming empathetic, responsible global leaders.
CHEER prides itself in playing a key strategic, financial and developmental role in the establishment of WLSA, taking the non-profit under its wing and nurturing the organization to the reputable standing it has today. Since its founding in 2011, WLSA has grown its network to 54 member schools from around the world.
For more information on WLSA's programs and events, be sure to visit the WLSA website!