High School Exchange in the USA – Private Preferred
Choose your school in the USA
Why choose Private Preferred?
If you wish to go to the USA and choose the exact school that you attend, and so in turn choose the area that you live in, then the Private Preferred program is for you. This program gives you the chance to choose a school that will meet your needs both educationally and personally. If you want to pursue a career in a certain area then we have schools that excel in different subjects. Or if you are a talented golfer or American football player, we can offer schools where they have high quality teaching staff and a national reputation for producing sports stars. Whatever it is that you want from the school experience, we have a school that will fit your needs.
The other benefit of this program is that you can study in the USA for more than one year. You can study for 1, 2, 3 or more years if you wish to. If you want to graduate from a school in the USA then the Private Preferred program allows you to do this. You can collect the necessary credits needed to graduate as a Senior and complete your school career in the USA. On the classic program this is not possible. Most schools require enrolment for 2 years in order to graduate, but a small group will allow students to graduate in 1 year if they believe it is possible for you to reach the required credits. This decision is based on your school reports.
Benefits of the Private Preferred program:
- Choice! You not only choose a school based on your personal preferences for activities and subjects but also choose where you live.
- A list of schools is provided based on your requirements and needs.
- Rolling admission – enrolments accepted until July each year for August arrival, but not all schools will be available this late in the application process.
- Students with allergies to household pets and special dietary needs can be considered.
- Graduation is possible at some schools in one year.
- Smaller classes allow you more contact time with your teachers.
- A smaller school population almost guarantees you access to the school subjects and the extra-curricular activities of your choice.
- Can be placed with natural family living in the USA.
- Some shorter programs are available – 9-12 weeks at selected schools.
All private schools in the USA are religious, but this does not mean that you have to follow a particular religion to attend the school. They respect all faiths and views. You will be asked to participate in morning assembly and occasional chapel services as part of your enrolment.
A selection of private schools available for enrolment is shown below. A full list can be provided if you would like to see all of the options available.
Private Preferred fees 2021 – 2022: 10 months from £17,640 to £64,960 || 5 months from £14,890 to £38,530 || 2-3 months available on special request only
Northeastern Wisconsin (N.E.W.) Lutheran High School is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Green Bay has over 100,000 residents and is known for its NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. There are many opportunities for outdoor activities. At N.E.W. there is music, dance, choir and drama club, and sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, American football, football, hockey and volleyball. N.E.W. has 200 students and up to 10 exchange students.
Xavier High School (XHS) is located in the town of Appleton, Wisconsin, which has over 140,000 residents. Appleton is 48 km from Green Bay and is just north of Lake Winnebago. XHS offers 24 different sports including American football, soccer, golf, tennis, cross country, track & field, baseball, softball and lacrosse. XHS has 500 students and enrols up to 25 exchange students.
Lowell Catholic High School (LCHS) is only 32 km from Boston, Massachusetts. The city of Lowell has over 100,000 inhabitants and offers interesting museums, parks and concert venues. LCHS has many clubs for students, including a chess club and debate team. Sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, American football, soccer, tennis, volleyball and softball. LCHS has 400 students, of which up to 40 are exchange students.
St. Joseph Academy (SJA) is located in St Augustine, Florida, which has approximately 15,000 inhabitants and is near the ocean. If you like hot weather and water, it is a good choice. SJA offers many optional creative subjects such as drama, drawing and photography. Sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, American football, golf, soccer, swimming and softball. SJA has 300 students, of which up to 20 are exchange students.
Boarding School Options
If you dream of living in the USA with people of your own age then maybe a Boarding School is the right choice for you. You will live at the school with your fellow students from the USA and also with international students from around the world.
We have selected a few schools for you to consider, but we can offer many more. Please contact us for the full list.
Kenston Forest School (KFS) is located in the small town of Blackstone, Virginia. The closest big city is Richmond. KFS teaches robot technology (students build robots themselves), drama, art and music. Sports include American football, cross country, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, baseball, golf, soccer and softball. KFS has approximately 325 students, including up to 20 exchange students.
Life Preparatory Academy is a co-educational, Christian day and boarding school in Wichita Kansas. There are plenty of attractions in Wichita itself and the school ensure that each student thrives through their quality education. The school offers a variety of extra curricular activities including basketball, football, soccer, chess club, choir, cooking, cheerleading and more. Life Prep offers advanced programs in Calculus, Chemistry, English and Psychology. The school has around 200 students, including 40+ international students from 22 countries.
Fairmont Prep Academy (FPA) is located in Anaheim, California, which has over 330,000 residents. Here you will find Disneyland Park and Los Angeles is only 40 km away. FPA offers IB, an Advanced Math program and International Business. There are over 40 clubs for students. Sports include American football, cross country, basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming, diving and cheerleading. The school has around 600 students, including 20 exchange students.