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The best age to study in the USA for international students


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The best age to study in the USA for international students


America is one of the top three educational tourist destinations, along with Great Britain and Australia. Most American students attend public day schools, but wealthy families choose elite private day schools. The United States is considered the best place for many parents and children to get an education, but it remains the most expensive region to study - the average cost for international students in the country's schools and universities is $33,215 per year. The average cost is $33,215 per year.

Most U.S. schools accept international students of any age, as long as they accept full tuition. A choice of full-board schools allows students over age 14 whose parents stay at home to study in America. Some, however, prefer to send their children to the United States after graduating from school in their home country to attend U.S. universities. There are several points of view on what is the best age to start studying in the United States - SMAPSE experts will try not to miss any.

At what age is it best to send a child to study in the United States: private or public schools?

If you haven't yet decided at what age it is best to send your child to study in the United States, consider your goals. Most parents send their children to study abroad to make it easier for their child to go on to college. Is your goal to go to an American university ? America has one of the best higher education systems in the world, with more than 4,500 universities or colleges with degrees across the country, at least 7 of them ranked in the top 10 of the world each year, including CalTech and Harvard in the top 2 positions. There are 28 U.S. colleges or universities in the world's top 50 each year.

Well, make sure - what does it take to get into an American university?

  • Admission to a university depends on successful completion of high school. Admission to a private school in the USA at the age of 14-16 will allow a child to get high scores on tests (ACT or SAT - standardized tests, they usually take place in the 11th grade), demonstrate a high level of performance, get recommendations from teachers and prepare an essay. In the 2-4 years before entering university, your child will improve his or her English language skills, take placement tests and be able to apply to universities alongside local applicants. Programs for high school students are offered by the International Valley Academy and St. Mary's Chattuck School.
  • Some parents choose to send young people to the United States after completing 11th grade at a national school or even after a 1-2 year course at a national university. Students enroll in Foundation or Pathway programs, make up for the lack of knowledge in academic disciplines, improve their English language skills, and apply to the 1st year of an American university. Many universities offer preparatory courses, so each applicant can choose a university of his or her choice.
  • The bravest students choose boarding schools or live with their parents in an elementary school. This decision should be made taking into account the peculiarities of the emotional development of the child: how ready he is for a long life away from home and family, because often international students go to study for a year or several years. Modern means of communication allow you to keep in touch with the family, being away from each other, and some schools are ready to accept international students, even in elementary schools and support them. For example, North Broward Preparatory School and Windermere Preparatory School accept students in elementary and middle grades for Advanced Diploma + and IB.

When are U.S. schools ready to accept international students?

  • Private schools accept international students for elementary and all subsequent levels of education, i.e. grades K-12.
  • U.S. public schools accept international students in grades 9-12.

At what age should I send my child to boarding school in the United States?

At what age should I send my child to boarding school in the United States?
Unlike England, boarding schools are not as widespread in America. The average age of a student from an American family to enter a boarding school, if that choice is made, is 14-16 years old. This is because 14 is the age of entry into the ninth grade of an American school, the beginning of preparation for university. Most private boarding schools also accept full-time international students after age 14. Under the law, U.S. day schools can accept international students in any grade, as long as the school has received the necessary certificates and the students themselves live in the country with their parents or guardians.

In recent years, boarding schools have grown in popularity not only among parents who want to prepare their children for university study abroad, but also among students themselves, passionate about science or inspired by Joan Rowling, who have managed to reflect the appeal of students living in a peer community.

Many parents who plan to send their children to study in the United States consider a boarding school to be the best option, providing high academic performance, safety, comfortable living conditions, food, and supervision. Boarding schools provide communities for students to grow and develop, provide a sense of campus life, help students master challenging academic courses, and provide a controlled, structured rhythm of life for students. Most boarding schools accept international students in grades 14 through 9.

Most students and their parents initially choose a boarding school for a deeper academic immersion.  Private boarding schools in the United States invite qualified teachers whose expertise and interest in the discipline they teach allows students to receive quality preparation for college. Teachers usually live on campus and teach extra classes or special seminars, and weekend sessions are common practice for boarding schools. Boarding schools offer students a wide range of extracurricular activities, outdoor activities, sports, and creative courses.

Prestigious boarding schools in the United States include Grier School for Girls, Mater Dei San Diego Amerigo Education, a Catholic high school.

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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