Testimonials on international learning

Cultural Understanding

Every year, the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire hosts an International Night to celebrate the countries and cultures represented by the school’s diverse student body. Home to students from Canada, the United States and many other countries around the world, the independent school encourages them all to take on leadership roles within the global community and think analytically about complex world issues. 

Brian Chan is a Grade 12 student who was born in Toronto, grew up in Hong Kong and attended school in New York before joining White Mountain in Grade 10. “I have friends here from Zambia, Jamaica, Korea, China, Ukraine and Hungary,” he says. “The school is so welcoming that we all feel comfortable, regardless of where we come from or what our first language is.” 

According to Torrey McMillan, Chair of the school’s Department of Sustainability Studies, the international mix enriches the classroom experience. “Because of our small numbers, classes are primarily discussion-based,” McMillan says. “I encourage all the students to provide their own perspective and experiences to whatever topic is being discussed.”

—Hailey Eisen

The world at their fingertips

Sailing around the world seems like an adventure of a lifetime. It did for Jane Ritcey, at least, when her daughter Alexandra Moore first told her about West Island College’s International Class Afloat gap year program, in which students spend a full school year sailing around the world in a tall ship.

Just finishing high school, Alexandra had sailed on a tall ship before and thought that West Island’s program would allow her to see the world. Ritcey agreed and has since seen how the experience has affected her daughter.

“She certainly has a deeper understanding and appreciation of the world,” says Ritcey. “They have seen everything from palaces to poverty.”

While Alexandra had always been independent, according to Ritcey, she’s become even more responsible and team-oriented after her time on the ship, where everybody is expected to pull their weight and watch out for others, both on land and off.

During her travels, Alexandra also decided what she wants to do with the next stage of her life. With high school behind her, Ritcey says her daughter will be attending an art college this fall.

“I think that as she travels and sees different places, her urge to draw and record it grows,” she says.

—Heather Greenwood Davis

Too busy to miss home

It’s a long way from Beijing to Andover, Massachusetts. For Henry—as well as fellow students from Jamaica, Korea, Czech Republic, Spain, Canada and elsewhere—Philips Academy made it easier. 

“I was educated in Chinese public schools and at first, I struggled to accept other points of view,” he says, “but now, after three years, I really think that having different points of view, and sometimes opposing points of view, is really very beneficial for the whole student body.”

The more than 300 courses to choose from is another bonus. “In China, I did not have the option to choose which courses I was going to take but here, every student can find interesting courses that fit his or her own interests.”

For Henry, that includes majoring in the humanities and finding time to be president of the international club and part of the ambassador program that welcomes new students. “I’m too busy to miss home,” Henry says with a laugh. “This place is like home for me now. It’s really a community of its own.”

—Heather Greenwood Davis

An eye-opening experience

Attending Woodstock School, in the town of Mussoorie in the state of Uttarakhand in India, can be a very eye-opening experience for students from other countries, says Principal David Laurenson. A boarding school with a strong academic focus, Woodstock encourages students to learn about world religions and cultures through classroom studies, travel and volunteer experiences, as well as local festivals. 

“Woodstock has opened my eyes to the different cultures here in India and broadened my world view in a positive way,” says Shelby Thompson, a Grade 9 student. “Because the school has a large number of Indian and Nepali students, we get to learn about holidays like Holi and Diwali.” 

Laurenson says the school is based on “a strong set of Christian ethics and a focus on academics,” says David Laurenson, the school’s principal. “(Going to school in India) can be a very eye-opening experience and students leave here much the better for it.” 

For Christina Guenther, who is from Manitoba, teaching art at Woodstock has provided an opportunity to live within a close-knit community of teachers and students in a beautiful mountainous setting. “We love the simplicity of life here,” Guenther says.

—Hailey Eisen
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  School Name Type Cost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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