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Queensbury High School

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Queensbury High School

Queensbury, New York

Queensbury School District has a rigorous curriculum with Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. English support is provided a trained ESL instructor. Athletics programs are some of the best in the region and Queensbury offers many clubs, music programs, robotics, and a school musical. Strong community involvement and experience are also offered. Queensbury offers pre-engineering courses from Project Lead the Way to inspire the next generation of students to pursue engineering and engineering technology programs in college.

School Type: Public

School Size: 1,200

Class Size: 23

Grades Accepted: 10th, 11th, 12th

Type of Students Accepted: Year, Semester, Students Intending to Graduate

Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling

Extracurricular Activities: Chorus, Multimedia Production, Music, Nature and Outdoors, Robotics, Sports, Theater/Drama, Volunteer Work, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Best Buddies, National Arts Club, Yearbook Club, Multicultural Club

Stearns High School

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Stearns High School

Millinocket, Maine

Located in a safe small town, the community of Millinocket and several hamlets in unorganized territories. They are located approximately 75 miles north of Bangor, Maine’s third largest city. Stearn’s international graduates are guaranteed admissions to the University of Maine and may also receive scholarships for the university. 

Highly qualified teachers instruct students in the core academic subjects of Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, and Science. Teachers look to engage students in the class and advance them towards higher levels of thinking. In all curriculum areas, Stearns High School looks to continue to meet each student’s individual needs to best prepare them for an ever-changing world.

Stearns boasts state of the art facilities available to their students and the community. The high school gym seats 1800 and is host to many athletic contests and other gatherings throughout the year. A clear focus on performing arts with a beautiful auditorium that hosts many school programs, plays, concerts, dance recitals and a variety of other community events. The spacious cafeteria is used to serve students breakfast and lunch and is a hub spot for students to meet one another.

 

School Type: Public

School Size: 287

Class Size: 20

Grades Accepted: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 12th Postgraduate

Type of Students Accepted: Year, Semester, January Arrivals, Students Intending to Graduate, Graduation Within One Year, Post Graduate/Gap Year, ASE

Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Football, Soccer, Softball, Tennis

Extracurricular Activities: Chorus, Dance, Music, Nature and Outdoors, Newspaper, Sports, Theater/Drama, Visual Arts, Volunteer Work, Other Clubs: Outdoor Education, Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Show Choir, Math Team, Intensive English and Environmental Summer Program, Civil Rights Team, Yearbook Committee, Peer Mentors, Peer Counseling, Student Council, Outing Club, Field Hockey, Softball, Baseball

Hillcrest High School

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Hillcrest High School

Ammon, Idaho

Boasting with over 1,600 students, Hillcrest High School is a public school in Ammons, Idaho that offers students a great selection of sports, foreign languages, and AP course options. This school accepts one-semester and one-year students. The school sponsors an ACT Prep course for students. Hillcrest keeps its international student numbers small so that these students have authentic experiences. This is an affordable school with excellent quality. 

Hillcrest’s vision is to provide a comprehensive approach to ensure all students graduate through academic, college/career, and social/emotional support. Through collaborative efforts with parents, teachers, administration, and the community, HHS counselors hold students to high academic standards, help them become life-long learners, and encourage them to be positive contributors to society.

 

School Type: Public

School Size: 1,650

Class Size: 28

Grades Accepted: 10th, 11th, 12th

Type of Students Accepted: Year, ASE

Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Golf, Skiing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurricular Activities: Chorus, Dance, Music, Nature and Outdoors, Newspaper, Photography, Robotics, Sports, Theater/Drama, Visual Arts, Volunteer Work

San Luis Coastal Unified School District

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San Luis Coastal Unified School District – Staff Favorite

San Luis Obispo, California

San Luis Obispo is known within California as one of the most scenic and desirable places to live. With a stunning landscape and the vibrancy of a college town, San Luis Obispo is a warm place to be, both in weather and in community-feel. The two high schools, Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo High School, offer a strong academic curriculum along with exciting and exotic activities such as surfing and rock climbing. This is a great school option for those who enjoy water sports and beautiful beaches.

San Luis Coastal Unified School District represents the communities of Avila, Edna Valley, Los Osos, Morro Bay, and San Luis Obispo and currently has an enrollment of approximately 7,500 students. Small neighborhood schools are a hallmark of the District where students are educated from preschool through twelfth grade and a world-class adult school program offers unique, life-improving courses to thousands of community members.

In 2018, San Luis Coastal was honored with the prestigious California District of Excellence award for its innovative and effective school programs. Students thrive in San Luis Coastal because the dedicated staff, parents, and Board of Education share a common commitment to student success.

 

School Type: Public

School Size: 788

Class Size: 25

Grades Accepted: 10th, 11th, 12th, 12th Postgraduate

Type of Students Accepted: Year, Semester, Students Intending to Graduate, Graduation Within One Year

Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling

Extracurricular Activities: Dance, Multimedia Production, Music, Newspaper, Painting, Photography, Robotics, Sports, Theater/Drama, Visual Arts, Other Clubs

Keene Central School

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Keene Central School – Staff Favorite

Keene Valley, New York

The program at Keene Central School is unique and in a class of its own. As a small school within a small community in upstate New York, Keene Central Schools offers international students a very close-knit, supportive, and encouraging environment. This program is one of their most affordable F-1 programs. Keene allocates their tuition money towards all student activities, daily meals, special events, school bus and athletics. This school is highly recommended for students who enjoy nature, camping, and sports (especially skiing and snowboarding).

Keene Central continues to strive to provide a rigorous academic program, offering a number of extracurricular activities and support student needs to make sure that they can be successful at achieving their mission to, “Let each become all he or she is capable of becoming.” Keene provides after-school activities and programs to help students grow both in and outside of the classroom.

School Type: Public

School Size: 161

Class Size: 12

Grades Accepted: 10th, 11th, 12th

Type of Students Accepted: Year, Students Intending to Graduate

Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Skiing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field

Extracurricular Activities: Chorus, Theater/Drama, Clubs: Key Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, Varsity Club, Forensics, Spanish Travel Club

Santa Barbara Unified School District

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Santa Barbara Unified School District

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara Unified School District is located in sunny, southern California with close proximity to the ocean and coastal mountain range. The high schools within the SBUSB are medium-to-large in size and offer a wide variety of activities and sports to engage each international student. The international student program has been operating in the district for many years, and international students are part of the fabric of the student body.

The mission of the Santa Barbara Unified School District is to ensure the educational success of all students through a commitment of excellence and to empower them to reach their full potential as responsible, ethical, and productive citizens in a diverse and changing world.

 

School Type: Public

School Size: 2,160

Class Size: 35

Grades Accepted: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Type of Students Accepted: Year, Semester, January Arrivals, Students Intending to Graduate

Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling

Extracurricular Activities: Chorus, Dance, Multimedia Production, Music, Newspaper, Painting, Robotics, Sports, Theater/Drama, Visual Arts, Volunteer Work, Other Clubs: Anime & Manga, Art, Chess, Debate, Environmental, Improv, Journalism, K-Pop, Leadership, Lacrosse, Match, Mock Trial, Mountain Biking, Red Cross, and Many More

Tacoma School District

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Tacoma School District

Tacoma, Washington

The Tacoma School District offers eight different high schools, each with its own character, spirit, and specialty. Located in a major metropolitan area outside of Seattle, international students studying in the Tacoma District can experience the vibrancy of city life along with the variety of course and extracurricular offerings of large public high schools.

Tacoma Public Schools see the potential in every student and believes all students can be successful. That’s why the district is automatically enrolling qualified high school students into advanced programs or courses during the school year. Sports teams, clubs and typically American extracurricular classes such as cheerleading, school newspaper, and international student programs make this school very attractive to students from around the world.

 

School Type: Public

School Size: 1,000

Class Size: Varies depending on campus, usually between 20-30 students

Grades Accepted: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Type of Students Accepted: Year, January Arrivals, Students Intending to Graduate, Graduation Within One Year

Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross-Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling

Extracurricular Activities: Band, Cheerleading, Choir, Environmental Club, French Club, Gay-Straight Alliance Club, JROTC, Junior Statesman, Key Club, Knowledge Bowl, National Honor Society, Orchestra, Robotics, Student Government

Orange County Public School Districts

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Orange County Public Schools

Orlando, Florida

Orange County Public Schools believe in the success of all students and will do everything they can to make that happen. They are a community of schools that are centered around what students want and need to be successful. Equipped with renowned programs in everything from the arts to computer science to athletics, they pride themselves on being a place that students enjoy coming to learn.

Orange County Public Schools is now the ninth largest school district in the United States and the fourth largest in Florida. The district serves more than 207,000 students at 191 schools! Orange County Public Schools believe in the success of all students and will do everything they can to make that happen. 

Orange County Public Schools offers students a variety of academic options at the elementary, middle, and high school grade levels. Based on their individual interests, students can choose to follow a pre-designed path by enrolling in a magnet program or design their own path by enrolling in courses that may be part of various programs at their school.

School Type: Public

School Size: 2,000

Class Size: 25

Grades Accepted: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Type of Students Accepted: Year, Semester, January Arrivals, Students Intending to Graduate, Graduation Within One Year

Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Other

Extracurricular Activities: Chorus, Dance, Multimedia Production, Music, Newspaper, Photography, Robotics, Sports, Volunteer Work, Other Clubs: Anime, Art, Chorus, Dance, Debate Team, Fishing, French Honor Society, Gay-Straight Alliance, German, Hip Hop, Key Club, Majorettes Baton Twirling Club, Multicultural Student Union, Musical Alliance, National Honor Society, Photography, Physics, PYNK

West Contra Costa Unified School District

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West Contra Costa Unified School District

San Francisco Bay Area, California

West Contra Costa Unified School District is an Advanced Placement School District of Excellence for the number of AP courses offered. Some of the AP Classes noted about are offered online at no charge to the student. They also offer free tutoring support for students and have a robust summer school program. Students receive free support in studying for college entrance exams such and ESL. They have college counselors on-site that assist students in applying for the universities of their choice and guaranteed admission agreements with some local community colleges.

West Contra provides the highest quality education to enable all students to make positive life choices, strengthen their community, and successfully participate in a diverse and global society. They provide excellent learning and teaching experiences; safe, student-centered learning environments; and support for all students and employees. Also, West Contra develops and maintains productive community partnerships and individual and collective accountability.

 

School Type: Public

School Size: 1,000

Class Size: 22

Grades Accepted: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Type of Students Accepted: Year, Semester, January Arrivals, Graduation Within One Year, ASE

Sports: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling

Extracurricular Activities: Chorus, Dance, Multimedia Production, Music, Newspaper, Robotics, Sports, Theater/Drama, Visual Arts, Volunteer Work, Clubs: Anime, Asian-Pacific Islander, Banju Community Club, Black Student Union, Freedom of Movement, French, Gay/Straight Alliance, Glee Club, Graffiti Arts, Guitar, Hip-Hop Club, Health Occupational Society of America (HOSA), Interact, MESA, Outdoor Rec, Poetry

Niskayuna High School

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Niskayuna High School

Schenectady, New York

This is an accelerated, public school located near Albany, the Silicon Tech Valley of the East Coast. It offers 49 courses at the Honors level and 20 at the Advanced Placement Level. Historically, over 90% of the Niskayuna’s students who take AP exams score a “3” or higher. In addition, Niskayuna High School offers college credit courses in the following fields: English, Social Studies, World Languages, Business Education, Family, and Consumer Sciences, and Engineering Technology.

Niskayuna High School has been recognized as one of the top schools in the region and the nation, including recently being ranked No. 26 on Newsweek magazine’s listing of “America’s Top High Schools.” Students can choose from dozens of honors-level, Advanced Placement (AP) and college-level courses. Partnerships with select colleges and universities, such as Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University and the University at Albany, allow Niskayuna students—including international students—to earn college credits while still in high school. 94 percent of Niskayuna graduates go on to colleges or universities after high school graduation, including such prestigious institutions as Harvard University, Yale University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Boston College, Princeton University and Georgetown University.

Niskayuna Central School District invites English language-proficient international students (including current exchange students) who are between 15 and 18 years of age to apply for participation in the International Scholars Program. Participants will learn about American life and culture first-hand by residing in the local community with host families and attending Niskayuna High School. Its global student body has included students from Turkey, France, Germany, Japan, China, Russia, and many other countries. Each international scholar gets to participate in school traditions such as homecoming, prom and high school graduation. Students also are encouraged to participate in athletic teams and/or the music program, as well as the vast array of clubs Niskayuna High School offers.

 

School Type: Public

School Size: 1,376

Class Size: 30

Grades Accepted: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Type of Students Accepted: Year, Students Intending to Graduate

Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Crew, Cross-Country, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurricular Activities: Chorus, Multimedia Production, Nature and Outdoors, Newspaper, Robotics, Sports, Theater/Drama, Volunteer Work, Other Clubs: Animal Welfare Club, Anime Club, Aviation Club, Broadcasting Club, Chemical Demonstration, Chess Club, Computer Science, Culinary Club, Debate, Drama, Environmental Studies, Film, French, Game, German, Horticulture, Key Club, Latin, Math, Model UN

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