With over 18 thousand high schools around the United States, trends are changing where both public and private schools are reaching out to international students around the world. While private high schools have historically hosted international students prior to gaining entrance to a higher level institution, public high schools are now realizing the advantage and changing their strategy.
Now, public high schools are looking to international students to create a mutual beneficial partnership. International high school students are being welcomed to study in the US with the opportunity of improving their English, gaining exposure to other cultures, and the hopes that studying in the US during their high school years will give them an advantage of gaining admission to a US college or university.
Students are not the only one gaining the advantage. Public high schools are finding a new market to increase enrollment (especially in struggling areas where students are moving out of the area), cultivate a diverse learning environment, increase local revenues, and improve their school’s statistics (i.e., exam pass rates, number of students taking high level class, college acceptance figures, etc.).
This is among the most recent trends among public high schools that typically cater to local students in their district. States like Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, and Washington are looking to recruitment agencies to reach out to the international community in hopes of driving students to their local town to pursue their education. According to US visa requirements, students can only study at a public school for a maximum of one year. Because of this, many international high school students view this as a unique opportunity to learn in the US and improve their English and perhaps later transfer to a private high school or improve their chances of gaining college admissions.