Quick facts about Missouri
Featured school: Maryville High School
Maryville High School is located in Maryville, Missouri (northwest area of the state). Each year, the total number of students enrolled in grades 9-12 averages around 450.
Maryville is the home of Northwest Missouri State University which offers unique opportunities to the MHS students. Maryville is a small community with a population of 11,000. The people are friendly and there is a small-town feel. Everyone is welcoming and it’s common to run into people you know when you go to the local Walmart.
Roosmari, from Estonia, has been involved in tennis, band, the school musical, "Elf", International Club and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) while attending Maryville High School.
"I love Maryville High School! the people are really nice; teachers are great and very supporting. It’s not too big or too small. It’s just perfect!”
Macia, a Local Coordinator in Missouri says, “Maryville offers international students the perfect American experience. The city is safe and friendly. The school offers a variety of activities for the students to get involved in. The students and staff welcome exchange students and love learning about new cultures.”
This month, learn about North Carolina!
Quick facts about North Carolina:
Featured school: Hickory Ride High School
Hickory Ridge High School is located in Harrisburg, NC. Each year, the total number of students enrolled at the school averages between 1,800-2,100 students. It became the sixth high school in the Cabarrus County Schools system when it opened on August 27, 2007. It has been designated by the North Carolina Board of Education an Honor School of Excellence (North Carolina's highest distinction) for 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011. It is one of only four traditional high schools in the state to receive this honor, Hickory Ridge High School offers students all types of sports ( soccer, football, vllleybal, basketcblla ) activities, clubs etc.
Local Coordinator Renata S. said, "Hickory Ridge is a very welcoming school. It is always looking for ways to incorporate cultural diversity. Exchange students are always welcomed with arms wide open. The school believes that having exchange students contribute a lot to the growth of knowledge, multi cultural perspectives and inclusion."
The U.S. offers a wide variety of lifestyles, cultures, cuisines, cities, historic sites, and more. To help you and your students learn more about the different areas of the U.S., each month we will be featuring a different U.S. state where students are placed, and tell you what life in each state is like!
This month's feature is Michigan - the "Great Lakes" state!
Quick facts about Michigan
Featured school: Clarkston High School
Clarkston High School has a large variety of activities - something for everyone! Throughout the year, there are 28 sports teams that play, a 10,000 seat football stadium, full-featured television broadcast studio, 700 computers, 1,000 seat auditorium for plays and more.
Christina, a world languages teacher at the school, says, "Clarkston High School embraces the culture that international students bring to the academic environment. International student experiences are highlighted throughout the school year with special events and celebrations of the diversity that they bring. Additionally, students in Clarkston High go above and beyond to include these international students in their day to day activities, helping them to feel like a regular part of our community. As an ESL teacher, I love learning from the exchange students and hearing about their different perspectives on the world, especially education. Plus, seeing excited international students watch snow fall from the sky for the first time NEVER gets old!"
CIEE students feel the same way!
Download our fact sheet about Michigan to share with your students & families!
January and February might seem far away, but they are right around the corner! If any of your students are interested in these schools, be sure to take note of the priority deadlines below.
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