Rutland High School recognizes the need for international cooperation and communication in an increasingly interdependent world. The School for International Studies is designed to prepare future leaders in a global economy, to encourage students to be multi-dimensional thinkers, and to develop global perspectives on politics, culture and science. By emphasizing international politics, culture, science and economics, Rutland's School for International Studies equips students with the skills and knowledge to lead in a competitive, globalized world. The Rutland staff is committed to providing students with an education tailored to those goals, and emphasizes the need for students to take Advanced Placement courses to best reach them.
The goal for the School for International Studies at Rutland High is to identify interested 9th grade students who desire to commit to the rigorous, advanced course requirements. These students will continue with the international studies program for their next three years at Rutland, and each new class of 9th grade students will be targeted thereafter. The School for International Studies will allow student choice regarding an area of concentrated study, require AP exams, allow for interest-focused accelerated academics, and a four (4) year research project that will culminate with defense in a student's senior year.