Our Private Day Schools
Our schools in the USA
We have a large network of schools and partners in the USA. This network we have built over decades. The Global Horizons USA team is regularly on road trips in the USA. We visit our current schools and students. We also assess potential new schools for our program. As a result we always know what sets each school apart. We know all the headmasters and directors of admission in person and maintain good and frequent contact with them.
We have been doing the road trips for years and the process has proved to be very successful. We also meet many of our exchange students at their schools. Often times we can even have dinner together with host parents and exchange students. This is a very nice occasion for both sides. In addition, the information from these talks helps us to further optimize our program for our students.
Why do you choose a Private Day School?
Every year, parents make a decision to send their kids to public school, or to apply for private school. Here are nine reasons why you should strongly consider sending your kids to private school.
1. Smaller class sizes
In public schools, it can be common for one teacher to teach twenty-five or more students in a class. With a teacher’s time divided among so many students, public school does not offer as much individual attention for each student. In private schools, class sizes are typically smaller (10-15 students), which means students can receive more personal attention from teachers.
2. Dedicated teachers
Private school teachers are typically extremely very dedicated and well qualified. While both public and private school teachers hold advanced degrees in their field, in an environment with smaller class sizes, private school teachers can focus their talents to help individual students succeed. In a study of private school parents, 91 percent reported that having dedicated teachers was the number one reason they sent their students to private school. Parents value dedicated teachers because they want their children to receive the best possible education from their school. With access to proper curriculum and an environment to support all learning styles, highly devoted teachers provide greater opportunities to help students succeed. Private school teachers can be the catalyst to an optimal education for your child.
Safety is another top priority for most parents when it comes to schools. This is especially true considering the rise of cyber bullying and the many types of criminal behavior that can occur on school grounds. Private schools are more than twice as safe as public schools. Increased safety at private schools is largely a result of more security and a lower teacher-student ratio.
When there are more adults on campus relative to the number of students, it is easier for the student body to be supervised. Suspicious behavior can be reported more quickly, incidents can be responder to faster, and there are more adults ready to step in to decelerate any tensions that may be building. Private schools can provide the safe environment you value for your child.
4. Parental involvement
Many private schools make a strong effort to involve parents, and some require parent participation. These relationships between the school and the family allow parents an enhanced opportunity to understand the full education experience. On the contrary, public schools may provide as few as one or two parent-teacher conferences per year.
In private schools, parents and teachers can meet and communicate much more frequently. It is also common for private schools to host family events. If you want to be more involved in your child’s schooling, then private schools often offer many opportunities.
5. Community feel
Many private schools make a dedicated effort to create a community environment. When school feels more like a community, students can feel safer, more comfortable, and more passionate about learning. Public schools offer a broader array of activities, but these may be less accessible because of the quantity of students competing to participate or students may hesitate to join an activity when they are unfamiliar with the other students. Some schools struggle to create ways for students to come together in non-academic settings and build meaningful bonds with peers and staff.
Private schools are mission driven, and often offer school components that prioritize a particular field of study or community. When these offerings match the family’s values, the benefits of the academic program are multiplied. Other students need a particular type of instruction and can search for a private school with that specific focus. Schools that are able to address a specific need of the student or their family are invaluable.
Because private schools usually charge tuition and may also have endowments, there may be more resources available to improve the student experience. This can include everything from state of the art learning tools and technology to teachers with specialized depth of knowledge.
Having ample resources doesn’t just apply to financial resources; the strong community support, active involvement of parents and staff, and a united value system also contribute to the overall quality of a school and are factors to consider when determining the right fit for your child.
7. Extremely high graduation rates
The graduation rate for private high school students across America is just under 100 percent. Comparatively, the graduation rate is just 80 percent for public high school students in the nation. Your child will have a significant advantage of graduating from high school if they attend a private school, and will be surrounded by peers who also aspire to graduate.
8. Networking opportunities
Many private school students go on to become quite accomplished in their field, and stay loyal and connected to their school. If your child attends a private school, he or she will become a part of the alumni network for this school, which can potentially lead to career opportunities down the line.
9. Expectation of Success
Many private schools represent the highest quality education options that are available. The mission of the private school attracts students with similar interests, talents, and aspirations. Each student starts the school year with well-defined goals for academic achievement. An investment in private education enables the family to prioritize their child’s development and customize their education experience to be successful.
Private schools create an environment where your child can develop intellectually, emotionally and socially. Parents who value small class sizes, increased safety, a connected community and dedicated teachers find that private schools are a good fit for their child and provide an optimal education experience.
To set your child up for academic success, consider enrolling in private school. Global Horizons USA offers a quality private school education, individual and customized for every student.
Our approach and what we offer you
Our on-site support
For each high school we have local coordinators. They personally take care of the exchange student. The natural parents back home receive a monthly report from them. This way they always know how their child is doing and what progress he or she is making. In addition, the Global Horizons team in Europe is always available for you. We know each of our students personally and you are anything but “just a number”.
The local coordinator in the USA is often employed directly at the school and is otherwise located in the immediate vicinity. If a problem occurs, we will take care of it immediately. The coordinator will be there for the student in person. If necessary, particularly intensive support is also guaranteed. The most important thing for us is that our students feel comfortable.
We offer our students a tailor-made, individual exchange program
We achieve this by selecting schools and host families according to students’ abilities, talents, and hobbies. At our private high schools, we can guarantee that each student is placed in the optimal school. We also work with many top boarding schools. Furthermore we have public high schools in our program. These are available for a smaller budget. Here, too, we place most students directly. This means that we find the best school and host family ourselves.
We always work with the budget that the parents give us. Within this framework we negotiate special prices for our students. Many of our private schools have a large budget of funding for international students. This allows us to place students in schools that would normally exceed their parents’ budgets by far.
The organization of extracurricular activities
High school classes in the US usually end around three in the afternoon. But at that point most of the students don’t go home yet. They stay at school and pursue their hobbies. They do this together with their classmates, who consequently become their friends quite quickly.
The school facilities in the USA, especially private and boarding schools, are unique. One can only dream of such conditions in these parts. Especially in the fields of music and art, the facilities are often excellent. This offers undreamt-of possibilities for development.
Many schools have specialized in certain areas. In this area they then have top facilities and teachers. There are fabulous theatre and music programs with specially trained teachers. Some schools have great school orchestras. Visual arts are also an important aspect. Pottery, painting and design for example are frequently offered at a very high level.
Sports at high school
Sports hold a special place in extracurricular activities.
The US High School year is usually divided into three seasons with different sports. In autumn, winter and spring different sports are offered. In the summer students get to enjoy their holidays for two months.
Usually other kinds of sport are offered in the different seasons. It varies from state to state which sport is offered when. Hence it is possible to practice different sports in one academic year. For this purpose, trial trainings, so-called “tryouts”, are often held. At these tryouts an exchange student can test whether he or she likes a sport and is talented at it.
American football, for example, is always played in autumn. The athletes are supported by cheerleading teams, which often operate at a very high level. In addition, football (soccer, as the American calls it) is often a “fall sport”.
In wintertime, the indoor sports start. These are traditionally basketball and volleyball. In spring tennis or field hockey is often offered. Baseball and track and field are also classic “spring sports”. Golf is a very popular sport, too. Many of our schools in New England also offer sailing. Other popular sports at our high schools are lacrosse, skiing, swimming and diving and even surfing.
Most high school students in the USA are part of at least one team. The other students support their classmates and create the world-famous American School Spirit.
Private High School
School fees: additional
Accommodation: Host Family
Min. stay: 3 months
Max. stay: 4 school years
Age: 14-18 years old
Placement: East coast, west and northern states
Public High School
School fees: not applicable
Accommodation: Host Family
Min. stay: 5 months / 1 semester
Max. stay: 1 school year
Age: 15-17 years old
Individual Placement additional 1.000,- €
Special Placement Region additional 1.500,- €
The visa application/SEVIS application costs about 450 €.
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Global Horizons USA LLC
3011 Town Center Drive
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Fayetteville, NC 28306
Phone: +1 (910) 429-4875