How does the Bridge Program save me money?
Obtaining an American high school diploma can be expensive. International students can only attend four years of high school in the United States at a private school. The cost for tuition alone can exceed $120,000. Public schools are far more affordable, in most cases under $20,000, but Federal law limits international students to one year.
What are the negatives to private schools in the United States?
In addition to being expensive, private schools often promote religious beliefs opposite of the student’s faith. Our schools are secular and endorse no religious views. Private schools frequently accept a high percentage of international students which minimizes the effectiveness of English immersion. Our schools will not admit more than 12.5% of the student population ensuring an American school experience.
Is this diploma different than a diploma earn by a U.S. resident?
No, it is exactly the same.
What's the difference if I learn English at home or in the United States?
The most important factor in the student’s success and enjoyment of going to school abroad is the ability to communicate. Complete immersion in English provides the best language training for international students. Building language skills for the first two years of the Program in your home country and culminating with full English immersion is a great strategy. Attending a year of high school will allow the student to hone their English skills while understanding American culture. This will ease the transition to American colleges, while increasing the student’s enjoyment of living and learning in the U.S.
Communication is not limited to speaking or understanding English. Many students struggle in the areas of reading and writing. The number of papers to be written and material to be read in college is significant, even for US students. Constant practice is the best way to overcome these challenges.
How Are Students Selected?
There are a limited number of spaces available. All students are interviewed and screened to place them in the best program possible to meet their needs. Items we consider are academic standing, age, demonstration of adequate level of proficiency in English and why they want to participate in the program.
What other benefits does the Bridge Program provide?
The ultimate goal of our programs is for student success at the university level. Exposure to American-style instruction will go a long way to help performance in the classroom. Teaching styles and student expectations can be very different from country to country. This program will help bridge that gap.
How can I be sure this is the right thing for my child?
Sending a student to a foreign country for college can be a stressful and expensive decision for a family. This is even harder when the student is only in middle school and the family is unsure whether they should attend an international high school or stay on a domestic path. This program gives the student the opportunity to pursue both options!
What is our first step?
Before spending a tremendous amount of time, energy and money on an international college pathway, most families find that participating in a study tour program helps with the decision. Our study tours are unique in that each student sits in actual high school or middle school classes to experience American schools. They will visit different high schools and spend time with current students to ask the questions that are important to them. A portion of the trip will be to help improve English skills , both written and verbal. Of course, no trip to California is complete without sightseeing!