- 1. Strong Academics
- 2. Small Classes
- 3. An Emphasis on English
- 4. Safety and Location
- 5. Our Waterfront Location
- 6. Host Family Quality
- 7. College and University Counseling
- 8. Student-support
- 9. Friendly, warm environment
- 10. An “American Experience"
- 11. Global Programming
- 12. Technology-rich environment
- 13. Healthy Minds/Healthy Bodies
- 14. Music, Art, and Drama opportunities
- 15. Special Trips
Our challenging and rigorous academic program prepares international students for admission to colleges and universities in the United States, and also for a life of learning and inquiry. Gunston's teachers are remarkably skilled, experienced, and caring. We offer a full-range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. During their senior year at Gunston, our international students typically average 1720 on the SAT, and between 90-100 on the TOEFL, with many scoring above 100 and some above 110. This, in combination of the many AP courses offered at Gunston, allow the international students to be in profile for many of Top 50 Universities and Colleges in the United States.
All students at Gunston sign the strictly-enforced “English Immersion Promise", which ensures that Gunston is a total English immersion environment at all times. In addition, all students take a series of English language and literature courses that aim to promote their development in the English language. Gunston also takes great pride in the development of each student's writing ability. Therefore, international students have the opportunity to receive individual writing tutorials in our Writing Center. Our two-week orientation program includes an American “Conversation Buddy" for all new students to help them quickly get comfortable with speaking English.
Gunston selects host families with great care, and often host families include current Gunston teachers as well as current Gunston American students. Most host families have many years of hosting experience. In addition, each host family must be interviewed by our Director of Global Programs, and all host families undergo intensive interviews, annual background checks, home inspections, and training.
Gunston provides intensive and individualized college and university guidance to all international students, and Gunston's Director of College Guidance has many years of experience helping international students navigate the college and university landscape in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. In addition, the school provides strong guidance on SAT and TOEFL testing, and Gunston is visited each year by dozens of college and university representatives from around the nation. In the past two years, our international students have been accepted to many of the Top 50 universities in the United States. Gunston also helps international students with the complex financial paperwork that also needs to accompany their applications.
Moving to a different country and living with a host-family is a life-changing experience. To support our international students in their transition and during their stay at Gunston, we employ a full-time International Student Coordinator who is responsible for supporting our international students with their various social, emotional, health, and other personal needs. In addition, our Associate International Student Coordinator is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese, and is available at all times to help communicate with families from China in their native language.
Gunston strives to develop strong relationships with all of our international families. When families visit Gunston from overseas, we are happy to welcome them to our campus, and we do our best to provide a warm and hospitable welcome. In addition, on almost a yearly basis, the school sends a delegation of faculty and/or administrators to visit the host countries of our international students.
In order to provide a balanced, rich, and diverse “American-international" community texture, the school seeks to maintain a balance of approximately 80% American students in the school to 20% international students. With this balance, combined with of the school's emphasis on small class size and our family-like environment, international students and American students are guaranteed the opportunity to interact intensively on a daily basis in both academic and non-academic activities.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. David Miller, Director of Global Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to speak with our Chinese-speaking Associate International Student Coordinator, Mrs. Weixing Shepardson, please email her at email@example.com. You can call 1-410-758-0620.