How high-school high-fliers take

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL - BY SI­MON ROUND

TRAV­EL­LING ABROAD to study is com­mon­place and one of the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions has al­ways been the United States, with all the ad­vanced fa­cil­i­ties and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties it of­fers.

But how easy is it for Bri­tish kids to move over into the Amer­i­can sys­tem? US ed­u­ca­tion­al­ist Glenn Drew spe­cialises in help­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dents of sixth-form age get a foothold.

The good news, says Mr Drew, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Amer­i­can He­brew Academy in Greens­boro, North Caro- lina, is that Bri­tish qual­i­fi­ca­tions are highly thought of there.

“We find Bri­tish stu­dents ex­ceed their US coun­ter­parts in some sub­jects. The es­sen­tial re­quire­ment for univer­sity en­try is a min­i­mum of five GCSEs and three A-lev­els. UK stu­dents would also be ex­pected to sit the SAT col­lege en­try exam, (stan­dard­ised achieve­ment test). Ev­ery univer­sity in the US will look at this in ad­di­tion to their A-level and GCSE scores and their per­sonal CVs.”

But stu­dents can gain an ad­van­tage by spend­ing the last two years of se­condary ed­u­ca­tion at an Amer­i­can academy to in­crease their fa­mil­iar­ity.

In the past six or seven years, Amer­i­can in­sti­tu­tions have been ac­tively look­ing over­seas to at­tract stu­dents, says Mr Drew.

“There is no doubt that se­condary schools have seen a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in in­ter­na­tional ap­pli­ca­tions to their schools and in turn that has driven in­creased en­rol­ment. A lot of that was driven by the world­wide re­ces­sion but as a re­sult, Amer­i­can in­sti­tu­tions have re­alised there are clear ad­van­tages in hav­ing a di­verse and global stu­dent body.”

What stu­dents will find when they en­rol in an Amer­i­can school is that the

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