The in­ter­na­tional route

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL -

ed­u­ca­tion they re­ceive is far more gen­eral than they would ex­pe­ri­ence at 16 in this coun­try.

Stu­dents can ex­pect to take cour­ses in lit­er­a­ture, his­tory, math­e­mat­ics and science. Mr Drew adds that pri­vate Amer­i­can acad­e­mies, as op­posed to the staterun high school sys­tem, of­fer ad­vanced col­lege-level stud­ies known as the AP ad­vanced place­ment course, which are part of the col­lege cur­ricu­lum. This gives stu­dents ex­tra cred­its which they can take with them to univer­sity.

While plenty of Amer­i­can acad­e­mies of­fer cour­ses that ease stu­dents into the US higher ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, Mr Drew points out that the Amer­i­can He­brew Academy is un­usual in be­ing an in­ter­na­tional, plu­ral­is­tic prepara­tory board­ing school, mod­elled on those such as Ex­eter in the US and Eton in the UK.

But re­gard­less of whether stu­dents at­tend the Amer­i­can He­brew Academy or other in­ter­na­tional schools, at­tend­ing sixth form along­side stu­dents of a va­ri­ety of na­tion­al­i­ties can only be a good thing, he says.

“It will be a ma­jor ad­van­tage for stu­dents that they will be con­nected glob­ally when they are older, what­ever pro­fes­sional field they ul­ti­mately choose.”

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