Academy at the Lakes is a great choice for international students! Our warm, welcoming community is an excellent springboard into English proficiency, American culture, and the building of relationships and contacts that will last a lifetime. Academy has very recently hosted students from China, Russia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, Canada, Italy, Ecuador, Cuba, and other nations.
International students are easily integrated into all aspects of the Academy Experience: athletics, fine arts, clubs, and academic life. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes help students to develop increased proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in English. Our outstanding College Counseling program is a very important component of each student’s high school experience, and international students are no exception to this rule.
Some of Academy’s international students live with their own extended family or relatives, but many others are involved with home-stays. Though Academy is a day school, international students can very easily arrange home-stays through organizations such as Educatius International, the United Schools Association, and Pax.
International students who are part of the United Schools Association / Renaissance Project boarding program come under the wing of Eric Wilson, a former Academy teacher who has also worked as a house parent in boarding schools. Mr. Wilson’s program is both disciplined and fun for the students. It features great flexibility, a family-type atmosphere, and frequent opportunities for recreation and excursions to theme parks and other typically American experiences.