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International Schools: Expert perspective

Studying abroad during high school can be a life-changing experience, whether you are boarding at a foreign school or travelling with a roaming study group. 

MEI Academy, based in Caledon, Ontario, offers programs for students to study abroad during the school year or summer. Samantha West enrolled in the commerce program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario after taking three trips with MEI, including the International Business program. “I learned how to take a look at the world from a business perspective,” Samantha says. “Business affects everything, so I knew if I enrolled in a commerce program, I’d be able to apply it somehow later in life.”

The world as a classroom

MEI’s business program includes stops in Toronto, New York City, London, Paris, Strasbourg and Munich. In each city, the students face a business challenge. In London, the students were asked to analyze Camden Market and identify business opportunities and present business plans for new shops. Students had to apply their business savvy and communications skills. “One thing MEI does really well is integrating course material,” she says.

Aimee Kellar, an MEI teacher, says on-site learning, such as at the Roman Colosseum, is key. “Students get a sense of the impact of the history,” Kellar says. “It’s experiential learning.” Carmellana Ruggiero says she sent two sons on MEI trips to give them an opportunity to learn on their feet. “It’s a valuable experience because you’re on the site of whatever you’re studying, whereas other abroad programs stay in one place,” she says.

A military school that teaches the skills of life

The Florida Air Academy offers a more structured international learning experience. Based in Melbourne, Florida, the military school enforces consequences for falling behind academically. If a student misses an assignment, for example, he may wind up in weekend study hall while his classmates take a day trip to Disney World. “The character-building is really good,” says Elsie Hughes, who sent her daughter Rebecca to Florida Air Academy because of its high academic standards and discipline. “It equips students with the skills they need for life.” The strict rules help Florida Air Academy maintain its 100 per cent college acceptance rate. 

Jessica Jones, a recent Grade 12 student, transferred to Florida Air Academy from a local school three years ago. “At first I thought military school was going to be horrible, then when I went there, I realized it wasn’t as bad as everyone thinks it is,” she says.

Florida Air Academy has 200 boarding students from 30 different countries and 20 U.S. states, as well as 120 day students. “It’s really cool because you get to meet people from all over.” Jessica says.

—Annette Bourdeau
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Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)  

  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $60,000 to US $160,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 60000

Neuchâtel Junior College (est. 1956)  

  • Neuchâtel, NE
  • 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (75 students)
Neuchâtel Junior College, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, offers Canadian Grade 12 curriculum and AP to students from across Canada and beyond. [View profile]
  • Traditional
SF 30,000 to SF 56,000


Boarding Coed 30000

St. Stephen's School, Rome (est. 1964)  

  • Rome, RM
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (250 students)
  • Boarding school (47 students)
SSS Rome provides students with a American high school diploma and the International Baccalaureate (IBDP) which allows students to enter universities worldwide. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
EUR €25,145 to EUR €39,095


HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 25145

Buffalo Seminary (est. 1851)  

  • Buffalo, New York
  • 9 to 12 Girls
  • Day school
  • Boarding school
Independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Our STEAM curriculum is unique, and creative, independent thinking is valued. Located in Buffalo, NY, girls access the best of city living. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
US $21,900 to US $52,750


HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 21900

The Gow School (est. 1926)  

  • South Wales, New York(USA)
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (15 students)
  • Boarding school (135 students)
The Gow School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades seven through 12 in South Wales, New York. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $48,000 to US $68,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 48000

Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)  

  • Rindge, New Hampshire(USA)
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • Boarding school (25 students)
A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
US $61,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys 61500

North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)  

  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
North Broward Preparatory School is a K-12 co-educational day and boarding school located in S. Florida located minutes from the beach with IB, AP, and LD classes set on 80 acres with year round hockey. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
US $24,200 to US $59,950


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 24200

Montverde Academy (est. 1912)  

  • Montverde, Florida
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (891 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
Founded in 1912, Montverde Academy is an elite college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-K3 through post-graduate studies with a distinct student population from over 80 countries worldwide. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $7,875 to US $51,350

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 7875

Admiral Farragut Academy (est. 1933)  

  • St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (315 students)
Admiral Farragut Academy is located in beautiful, sunny, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. Farragut is a military style school offering unique classes such as Aviation, Scuba, and AP Capstone. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $51,800


HighSchools Boarding Coed 51800

Randolph-Macon Academy (est. 1892)  

  • Front Royal, Virginia
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (312 students)
There is a power within you. The power to soar above self-imposed limitations, to create something new, to become a leader. Come explore Randolph-Macon Academy, and discover The Power of Rise. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $14,350 to US $40,525


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Coed 14350

A+ World Academy (est. 2015)  

  • World-wide travel
  • 11 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (62 students)
A+ World Academy is an international boarding school on a Ship. 62 students in grades 11-12 and gap year live and sail on the 90 year old Tall Ship, ‘Sørlandet’, while they take AP classes and travel the world. [View profile]
  • Traditional
EUR €62,900

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Boarding Coed 62900

EYC Academy (est. 2018)  

  • Town and Country, Missouri
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • eSchool school (200 students)
  • Day school (50 students)
Alternative School for students 6-12th grade • One teacher, one student learning environment with integrated therapeutic services • Ongoing enrollment in full-time and dual enrollment ($10,500-$17,500) [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
US $15,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Coed 15000

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School (est. 2010)  

  • New York, New York(USA)
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (100 students)
  • Day school (800 students)
Léman Manhattan - the only boarding school in Manhattan, New York that delivers academic excellence that inspires your child for a lifetime. IB Diploma program and unique internship opportunities offered in the city. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
US $5,500 to US $93,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 5500

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