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 15 different countries.
At St. Margaret's, international students 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:
At the start of the school year a Culture Shock Weekend is planned in order to inform incoming international students of American ideologies and help them get acclimated and adjust to life in a new culture.
Another one of St. Margaret's favorite traditions is the annual International Festival. During this day-long event, international students have the opportunity to share their culture with the school community; including, spiritual beliefs, cuisine, dress, and either a presentation or performance.