International Students at Gunston

International students have been part of the Gunston community's fabric since the inception of the school in 1911. International students attend Gunston with the aim of receiving a rigorous, personalized, and nurturing educational experience, as well as gain admission to selective colleges and universities in the United States. Throughout Gunston's history, we have welcomed international students from the countries of Germany, Spain, Poland, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and China, among others. International students at Gunston have the opportunity to experience American life and culture through both our school's curriculum and our varied extracurricular programs. Our international students live with host families within the local community, some of whom are teachers and many of whom have their own children enrolled at Gunston. Because of this, the Gunston experience is highly English-intensive and fully focused on an integration into American culture. It also means that Gunston is a less expensive option than many boarding schools. Our host family program allows for a comfortable, friendly, and safe environment that provides a perfect balance of the American experience and excellent preparation for admission into the most competitive colleges and universities.


Academics Resources

The Gunston School is proud to partner with Cambridge Network to ensure the best possible international program. Cambridge Network’s international student program prepares students for life abroad prior to arriving at Gunston and continues to provide international students with on-going support throughout the school year. International students coming from China, South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam must work with Cambridge Network to apply to The Gunston School.

To apply, please complete this form to start the process.

The Host Family Experience

International students experience daily American home life and increase their cultural awareness by living with host families. In addition to providing a safe, secure environment, meals, and ensuring transportation to/from school, host families care for their student and consider them to be a part of the family. This arrangement ensures an authentic cultural experience for our international students and also enables them to expand their language proficiency outside of their academic program.

Tuition and Fees
International student tuition is inclusive of the academic program, housing, lunch, auxiliary fees, and any applicable agency fees. Students from China, South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam should contact Cambridge Network for more information.

Students from countries other than China, South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam: Please contact David Henry, Director of Admission at

International Student Stories

Gunston Asks “What’s Your Story?” on Annual Global Awareness Day

On February 28, Gunston continued its annual tradition of a school-wide, student-led Global Awareness Day featuring a diverse array of interactive workshops and presentations designed to encourage students to challenge their perspectives, reflect upon their values and identity, and examine their relationship with the world around them, with the ultimate goal of helping them to prepare for the unique demands of a globalized economy. 

Gunston International Students Enjoy Traditional "Hot Pot" Dinner

International students and Gunston staff gathered recently for a traditional "hot pot" dinner. Hot pot, or hotpot (simplified Chinese: 火锅; pinyin: huǒguō), is a popular Chinese cooking method, prepared with a simmering pot of soup stock or broth on an induction burner.

International students have unique needs, and Gunston is committed to providing our international students and the international program with the appropriate support infrastructure to support their social, emotional, and cultural needs. Currently, the school has a Director of Global Programs, who serves as the primary international student coordinator, and an Assistant International Student Coordinator, who is fluent in Mandarin. 

The Director of Global Programs: should be the first point of contact for almost every issue relating to international students.

The Director of Global Programs David Miller

David Miller


The Associate International Student Coordinator: can assist with native language counseling and direct communication with Chinese families.

The Associate International Student Coordinator Weixing Shepardson

Weixing Shepardson

Assistant Head of School: assists the student with academic scheduling and academic progress reports.

Assistant Head of School at the Gunston School Christie Grabis

Christie Grabis

Headmaster: should be contacted if there are concerns/issues where no satisfactory resolution has been found.

Headmaster of the Gunston School John Lewis

John Lewis