The Pathway to a US University Can Go Through Canada
A few weeks ago I returned to Canada after spending 2 1/2 weeks in Asia, representing Sedbergh School at boarding school fairs in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City.
This was an excellent opportunity for a school like ours to speak with and recruit some great students from these areas.
Since the fairs were predominately US schools, with 5-6 Canadian schools mixed into the bunch, it was apparent from the first fair that there was a major misconception about Canadian schools that impacted how these international students viewed the education that our excellent schools provide and where it can take you.
Many students I spoke to had the ultimate goal of going to one of the top US universities and they saw a US boarding school as a pathway to achieve this goal, which it absolutely can be. With all of the excellent schools available in the US, these students were ready to explore these options by speaking with all those in attendance at the fair. At times, some students some were not at all interested in a Canadian school. This was until I was able to discuss this misconception and how Canadian boarding schools, like their US counterparts can help them achieve their goal.
Canadian boarding schools can provide this same pathway to the end result of a US university, while giving the student the Canadian experience. For many schools, like Sedbergh, this is something we are increasingly aware of and put the necessary resources in place to prepare our graduates for a US education. This includes preparation and writing of the SATs, as well as school applications.
Geographically, Schools like Stanstead College in Stanstead, Quebec and Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario are just minutes away from the Canadian/US border, providing easy access to opportunities for US students or Canadian students to pursue their post secondary education in the US.
Looking past this misconception, international students, like those I met in Asia, should view Canada as a viable and high quality option for high school, even if they want to go to a US university. Infact, If you are to look at the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Canada ranks among the top six countries on their Science Scale for quality of education for international students. With Finland at the top, Canada stands just behind along with Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Estonia.
A Canadian boarding school education is a great opportunity for international students to prepare for University, whether that be in Canada, the US or abroad. It is also a great chance to experience Canada, and it’s unique attributes and cultures before attending a US university.
Mr. Cory Awde, AdmissionsQuest’s first Canadian blogger. Mr. Awde is the Director of Marketing and Admissions at Sedbergh School, in Montebello, Quebec Canada. Before completing a MA in Communication at the University of Ottawa (MA, 2008), Cory held various roles within the recruitment and liaison office at his Alma Mater, Brock University (BSM, 2005).
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