St. Margaret’s offers one of the oldest and best-established international programs among American boarding schools. For more than 20 years, St. Margaret’s has welcomed and supported students from other countries. Our program has hosted students from more than 30 nations and each has gone on to attend competitive universities in the United States or their home country. In a typical year, 25% of our students represent as many as 10 different countries.
When they attend St. Margaret’s as an international student, they strengthen their English skills, take challenging academic courses and gain exposure to American culture. International students are active participants in every area of school life, from playing sports to serving on the Honor Council.
In an effort to help our students immerse themselves in American culture and improve their English-speaking skills, St. Margaret’s has instituted a Language Use Policy. All international students have signed a pledge to speak English under certain circumstances. Students are allowed to speak their native language in the dorm room, when the roommate’s native language is different, on the phone, on skype, or in an emergency or a stressful situation.
Each school year starts with orientation for new international families. New international students arrive to campus three days early to allow for extra time to adjust to the St. Margaret's School culture. During this time, international students also take placement tests to determine their course schedule.
Other highlights of international student life include:
- An American roommate for their first year at school
- Culture Shock Weekend, a workshop early in the school year to help them adjust to life in a new culture
- The annual International Festival, when students share their culture with the entire school and guests from the greater community