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The San Marcos High School

Address: 1615 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos CA 92078,

Description The San Marcos High School

  • Location: San Marcos, California, USA
  • Total number of students: 2518 people
  • Educational programs: senior classes (9-12).

Located in the small town of San Marcos (north of the state of California), San Marcos High School is part of the San Marcos Unified School District and welcomes students not only from all regions of the United States, but also from around the world. The total number of students in senior programs (from 9 to 12) reaches 2518 people.

San Marcos High School is proud of the level of academic preparation of its students, and some areas enjoy special fame as the most progressive, successful and developed:

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • TV production
  • Computer graphics
  • Digital video
  • Computer animation.

Studying in these areas gives students the opportunity to choose for themselves a popular career, to become a successful and highly paid specialist. Special Academy of Telecommunications teaches computer literacy students, imparts valuable professional skills.

San Marcos High School takes part in the large-scale Nacel Open Door F-1 Public School Program, whose goal is to provide quality educational services for children from all over the world in American public schools. The peculiarity of the program is not only in the studying of foreign students (this service has been provided for a long time by many private schools in the country), but in the full, comprehensive support of students, many of whom for the first time traveled abroad independently. Nacel is proud of more than 10 years of successful and productive work and hundreds of graduates who have successfully completed this education. Currently, the program studies more than 500 students, many of whom repeat their participation. Such additional services as:

  • The assistance of the local coordinator and the regional director - they are appointed for each student and family, follow the rules of residence and studying, help in solving domestic and administrative issues;
  • Fully studied, qualified social staff, who helps in solving any problems;
  • 24-hour telephone support and assistance: 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
  • Travel coordinator is responsible for the safety of the student's arrival and departure, keeps track of changes in flights, organizes a transfer.

The main curriculum was selected for High Schools, which is taught in English for children aged 15 to 18 years. The main task of teaching in high school is to prepare a pupil for life in a modern multinational world community, to give equally broad opportunities for development to representatives of various cultures, to teach them to communicate freely among themselves and respect each other. It is intercultural understanding and respect that is the basis for the partnership of world powers and peace throughout the world. Also, valuable social and personal qualities, such as self-confidence and self-reliance, independence and maturity are actively brought up. Since the educational programs are selective, the institution expects students to a high level of self-organization, good behavior and perseverance - the school staff in turn take full responsibility for the health and safety of students.

The duration of studying (minimum) is 1 academic year - from August to June. If you wish, you can choose any school that is part of the Nacel program - which are located throughout the country, including California, Maine, North Carolina, Vermont and some other states. Classes usually start at 8:00 and end at 3:30 pm: one lesson lasts 45-55 minutes. The school provides enough time for lunch (30 minutes): students can go to a cafe or eat a home-cooked lunch.

Public day schools encourage the student exchange in every possible way, as this helps to expand the ethnic composition of pupils, to make the school atmosphere more lively, friendly and comfortable. Foreign students need not only high academic indicators, but also personal activity and involvement in the public and extra-curricular life of the school, participation in events and electives.

The curriculum is not fully standardized, individual features may manifest depending on the chosen educational institution. On average, the academic list of subjects is as follows:

  • English language and literature
  • Natural sciences
  • Physics, medicine, hygiene, life sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Social (Humanitarian) Sciences: United States History, Constitution, US Parliament
  • Business courses
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Economics
  • Industrial design.

In addition to the main subjects and a standard course, high school students are also offered well-known programs Honours and Advanced Placement (AP). The subjects for these programs are selected by the student independently, with the help of a professional consultant, and depend on the chosen university and profession, requirements for admission.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in The San Marcos High School

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from 39 390 $ / year

The curriculum is not fully standardized, individual features may manifest depending on the chosen educational institution. On average, the academic list of subjects is as follows:

  • English Language and Literature
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physics, medicine, hygiene, science of healthy lifestyles
  • Mathematics
  • Social (humanities) sciences: the history of the United States, the Constitution, the US Parliament
  • Business courses
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Economy
  • Industrial Design.

In addition to basic subjects and a standard course, high school students are also offered well-known programs Honours and Advanced Placement (AP). The subjects for these programs are selected by the student independently, with the help of a professional consultant, and depend on the chosen university and profession, requirements for admission.

Accommodation and food

All host families in which pupils live are continuously monitored and controlled by San Marcos High School staff, with most of the cooperation going on for many years. They are decent and calm people, receiving suffiecent compensation for their careful and caring attitude towards foreign students (usually a payment higher on the east coast due to a higher standard of living). Both family members and students are constantly interviewed to monitor the level of comfort and security provided to the international students. Living in a family is an excellent opportunity to constantly communicate with native speakers, to learn more about the traditions and culture of Americans, their national characteristics. For a long summer vacation, students of San Marcos High School return to their home country. Note:

  • The foeign students are not allowed to drive;
  • Alcohol and drugs, smoking are prohibited;
  • Students are not allowed to work during studying.

Subjects, specialties

Subjects list: art, computer programming, maths, Performing arts, physical Culture, World languages

Events The San Marcos High School

In the time free from the main lessons for the students of San Marcos High School, a lot of entertaining and educational activities are organized, various clubs, sections on interests of sports, creative, academic orientation are created. The extracurricular program is provided in all schools without exception, the choice and structure of activities depends only on the institution chosen. Participation in extracurricular activities will help not only to show their talents and abilities, but also to find friends among Americans and representatives of other countries, to communicate with like-minded people and share experiences.

Much attention is paid to sports:

  • Various electives;
  • Sections;
  • The work of school teams;
  • Participation in various competitions and contests.

Especially popular are football (its American version and soccer) and basketball: competitions and matches attract the largest number of spectators and fans, and special attributes are sold.

Term dates and fees

Please note that not all fees and surcharges are included in the cost of the programs. Additional fees are the following:

  • Registration fee (non-refundable);
  • Educational aids, books and materials;
  • Additional physical education lessons or some electives;
  • Some activities and excursions;
  • Classes in laboratories;
  • Air tickets in both directions, travel insurance (from flight delays, loss of luggage, etc.);
  • Examination fees;
  • Visa fees and services;
  • School lunches;
  • Transportation expenses (before school and back);
  • Personal pocket expenses.

The cost is already Included:

  • Administrative fees;
  • Host family accommodation (accommodation and meals, boarding house);
  • Studying on the selected program;
  • 2 collective recreational activities per year;
  • Monthly full reports for parents, annual progress and activity report;
  • Round-the-clock support and assistance, work of a hot telephone line;
  • Medical insurance;
  • English language course E-learning.

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Prior to enrolling in San Marcos High School, each entrant is interviewed (via Skype). A pupil who can enroll in a US school must meet he following requirements:

  • 15 to 18 years;
  • Has no higher education received at home;
  • He has a sufficient level of English and wants to improve it;
  • Prefers education in the United States according to the state educational program;
  • Discharges with a flexible budget and has sufficient financial support;
  • Demonstrates good and excellent academic knowledge.

A standard package of documents is submitted, which includes both personal information about the applicant and data on his progress and activity. It will be necessary to confirm physical and mental health (often require a list of vaccinations), an introductory essay (justification for the desire to study in the USA), letters of appreciation, gratitude and certificates for achievements in any fields. It is not necessary to be unquestionably the best in its former class: as practice shows, many students who enter the middle level of C become the best students in their class and quickly rise to the level of A and B.

The admission dates may also vary depending on the school - we recommend clarifying this issue in advance at the chosen institution. An application submitted later may be considered in case of availability.

In addition, San Marcos High School may ask the student to pass some entrance examinations or pass examinations in basic academic subjects.

Please note that San Marcos High School does not guarantee the enrollment and transfer of educational loans received earlier in another educational institution, nor does it guarantee the receipt of a diploma - it depends solely on the progress and success of each student. You should also prepare for the fact that some courses can be repeated in your home country and in the US - this is due to the difference in the curricula.


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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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