Many American private boarding schools specialize in preparing students for admission to higher education and accept students from 14-15 years old (grades 9-12). Some of them accept only in grades 11-12, are fully engaged in preparing for higher education, offer to go through the AP (Advanced Placement) program.
The Advanced Placement program is equivalent to a 1 year university program; depending on the student's abilities and desires, it can be completed in parallel with the main one or adds 1 year to the main period of study. Passing the AP exam at certain universities will allow you to enroll immediately for the 2nd course, in others it will affect enrollment, scholarships, and its size. In addition, European universities also accept the results of the Advanced Placement exams.
Senior boarding schools in the United States are especially popular with foreign students, as many parents are afraid of letting their children go abroad to study at an earlier age.
Education in high school in the United States is democratic - the student chooses most of the courses himself. Private schools have more opportunities to make the curriculum in high school almost individualized: they have more freedom in choosing programs, a small number of students, and a more favorable ratio of the number of students and teachers.
In high school, US schools are moving to a university system of student credits (credits) and credit hours, which are taken into account when entering the university. Therefore, for graduates of American schools, this system at the university is not new, as for many foreigners.
In addition to academic studying, teachers of private schools have extensive experience working with adolescents from different countries, trying to instill tolerance and mutual respect. Serious attention in private schools is paid to personal growth: the creation of adequate self-esteem, the development of leadership qualities, the desire for self-improvement.
Students are taught not only the subjects themselves - they are taught methods, techniques for high-quality and quick assimilation of material, the ability to competently present their knowledge and the best qualities.
Senior boarding schools are fully responsible not only for the placement of students on their territory, but also for their complete safety. Democratic education in high school concerns the student's freedom of choice of subjects, respectful attitude on the part of teachers.
But for safety reasons and to achieve the desired quality of education, students cannot leave the school building without the permission of teachers, skip school, or violate school rules. This is strictly monitored.