There are some really awesome school out there, some with high travel, some with highly enriched curriculums and international/diverse students. They usually aren't available through normal means of searching for a school though(ie. counsellors, career centres etc.) so I thought I'd share a couple that I know in hopes of gettting something back that I am interested in.
I'll also post a couple trips and programs I know of, feel free to post your own as well!
Neuchâtel Junior College:
"Located in the French-speaking town of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, we offer a one-year, pre-university programme that is anything but just another year of high school. It's a place for young men and women to study and, through educational travel, to become connected to a wider world. All this, to better prepare themselves for university, and the personal and global challenges that lie ahead in life."
Location: Neuchatel, Switzerland
Accommodation: Host family (Pension Families)
Cost (in $Cdn as of Apr. 20, 2010): Full Year - $41,150 & 1 Sem - $22,913
Bursaries available: Yes, partial
THINK Global School:
“At TGS, if learning were limited to inside the classroom there’d be no point in having a host city. Quite frankly, outside of the class learning is the whole point of the school. We have the flexibility to teach and learn in unconventional places and take advantage of all the opportunities our host city offers.
We combine classroom study with real life in our host city so that that students and locals can learn from one another. These experiences, these challenges and exchanges ARE the education. They provide a level of perspective that simply can’t be learned from a book or copied down copiously from a blackboard. The sights, sounds, scents and flavors of these foreign places not only make an indelible imprint on a student’s memory, they open the door to understanding, tolerance and global unity.
Dining on Dim Sum in Hong Kong; scuba diving the endangered Great Barrier Reef in Australia; visiting the ecologically sustainable wind farms in Sweden; and participating in local community service projects provide a rich context that allow our students to relate to local cultures on a personal and human level. Active learning encourages a deeper level of participation and the only thing passive about TGS learning is our non-violent conflict resolution.
Equipped with the most recent MacBooks and iPhones, these experiences will be recorded, reported and shared in real time. We’ve developed our own educational social networking program that will allow students to stay connected to their classmates, teachers, friends, family as well as inner-city classrooms around the world. Our students will be able to impact the world around them in dynamic and thoughtful ways, as well as download countless apps on their iPhone.”
Location: Varies, TBD
Language: Varies, lessons primarily in English
Accomodation: Varies/host famillies
Travel: Yes, high levels of travel
Bursaries Available: Yes, varies (partial & full)
Windells Academy - Live.Learn.Ride :
“The Windells Academy is unlike any other high school on the planet. Students Grades 9-12 can enroll for the full year or just one term. Classes are fully accredited and they will transfer in or out of any school around the world.
Whether you are into snowboarding, skiing, or skateboarding you will have access to Windells’ 53 acres of fun, plus optional high level on snow training. Whether your goal is the X-Games or Stanford we will show you the path to make your dreams come true!”
Location: Mt. Hood, Oregon
Cost: Full Year - $35,000 & 1 Sem - $20,000
Travel: yes, optional
Bursaries Available: Yes
National Geographic Student Expeditions:
“We invite the next generation of explorers to get out in the field and follow in the footsteps of National Geographic photographers, writers, and scientists. You might kayak into a remote fjord along Alaska's dramatic coast, study the behavior of giant tortoises in the Galápagos, hike across volcanic landscapes in Hawaii, or settle into a village in Tanzania and help out with a community project. It takes just a little digging to find that there is wonder—big and small—all around the world. Come discover it with us.”
Destination(s): Varies; California, Hawaii, Maine, Alaska, Peru, Ecuador/Galapegos Ils., Costarica, Tanzania, Australia, China, India, Rome/Greece, Iceland, Tuscany
Cost (in US$): $3,790 - $7,890
Bursaries availabe: Yes, partial & full
YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange Program (Canada Only):
“The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange is a unique national program offering opportunities for youth, aged 16 and 17, to improve their second official language skills while gaining important employment experience. In 6 short weeks over the summer, participants go on a journey that will forever impact their life. Learning more about themselves, discovering another part of Canada and the people that make up our great nation, taking on new challenges, making new friends and, having so much fun. Participants agree this experience is THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME! Applications for the YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange 2010 are currently being accepted.”
Destination: Primarily Quebec, and across Canada (for students from Quebec)
Accomodation: Host family
Cost: Fully funded
Bursaries Available: Yes, Full
Encounters with Canada (Canada Only):
“Encounters with Canada is our country’s largest and foremost youth forum! Every week of the school year, 120 to 138 teens from across Canada (ages 14 to 17) come to Ottawa. Here they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience. Over 84,000 youth have lived the EWC experience, to date!”
Destination: Ottawa, Ontario
Accomodation: Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre
Bursaries Available: Yes, variable
S-Trip! Grad & Student trips (Canada Only):
“With over 40 years of experience working with Canadian youth, S-Trip! is Canada’s most exciting student travel company! Each year, thousands of high school and university students broaden their perspective by joining S-Trip! and exploring new parts of the world. Whether it’s a graduation celebration with all your friends on a Mexican beach or an educational experience on the cobblestone streets of Old Europe, it’s our mission to help young people discover the world through travel.”
Destination: Varies; Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Kellowna/Big White, Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Accomodation: Hotels, most all inclusive
Cost: $300 - $2000
Bursaries available: No