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Summer Program Final

  1. 1. WA Summer Programs Abroad Rationale/Proposal December 17, 2007 Aaron Stephenson
  2. 2. Rationale <ul><li>“ The Academy aspires to instill the qualities necessary to also be leaders in a changing world. Our students must be equipped to become responsible citizens in a pluralistic, global society of increasing complexity.” </li></ul><ul><li>This is an opportunity to make our “Global Education” come alive and inspire greater understanding of the broader-world in our students. </li></ul>
  3. 3. NYT Front page Education 11/4/2007 “The Foreign Legions ” <ul><li>“ Study abroad is the new must-have credential.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ There is a consensus today, much like the one about science and math studies after the launch of Sputnik 50 year ago, that globally fluent graduates are essential to American competitiveness.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Twice as many students are studying abroad than 8 years ago.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Peer Schools- (as defined by the admission office) Special top-level website page devoted to travel opportunities . Offer financial aid. Yes Yes Yes, Art, Science, Community service Many programs and opportunities. See websites Noble and Greenough School Yes ? Yes Yes Moses Brown School Faculty exchanges. Has done Winterim for 30+ years and is a real signature program. Yes Romania-Japan, China Yes Winterim program sends students and faculty throughout world Lawrence Academy Yes ? Yes, community service. Yes, various Beaver Country Day School Yes No Yes MS and US trips and exchanges Bancroft Other SYA Sister Schools Other Travel Language Trips and exchanges Peer School
  5. 5. Peer School Language Trips Other Travel Sister Schools SYA Other Yes. At least one a year. No Yes, English, Arts, Science Yes, various trips. Mexico, Honduras, Spain, France, Italy, Quebec, France, Italy Williston-Northampton School X X X X X Worcester Academy- “ International Opportunities” is top level on the website . Faculty exchanges. Working on MS program. Yes Four Sister school programs Yes 5 different programs Thayer Academy Dedicated top-level webpage “International Education” Yes Various Yes, Arts, Science Various St. Mark's School Yes Yes, Argentina. Usually get a student and send a student in summer each year. Yes Science, History, English, community service Spain and France Rivers School
  6. 6. Distinction <ul><li>For us- Offering summer international programs would be a further way to raise the profile of the school. </li></ul><ul><li>For the students- In addition to the invaluable cultural and linguistic enrichment inherent in study abroad, it is a great way for our students to distinguish themselves in the college admissions process. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Parents <ul><li>Most already understand the value of these experiences and are searching for quality opportunities of this type. I have been asked by many parents at open-houses, PT conferences, and in e-mails if we offer study abroad programs. Thus far we have had to refer them to other programs that we believe to be reputable and rigorous. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Financials <ul><li>Although the program will likely never be a big revenue stream for the school, it should be net positive with a built-in fee to the school for every student. In a preliminary financial model I have created it could bring in as much as $10,000 a summer. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Professional Development <ul><li>Running programs in target language environments will provide continuing professional development opportunities for the faculty who run the program. This chance to practice the language and delve deeper into the culture is free for the school. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Program <ul><li>Intensive course of study in a target language area for each of the spoken languages. (China, Mexico, France/Quebec) </li></ul><ul><li>Homestays/ limited travel (deep experience, no “European Vacation”) </li></ul><ul><li>Student faculty ratio of no more than 7:1 </li></ul><ul><li>3- 4 weeks duration during summer </li></ul><ul><li>Offer commensurate credit and/or well-defined acceleration opportunities in language </li></ul><ul><li>Less than $5,000 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Challenges and Solutions Although demand appears to be very strong, we could possibly alternate years or accept students from other schools for numbers as enrollment dictates. Highly scalable budgets with low fixed costs allow trips to go with fewer students. Enrollment management We start now and use extensive contacts with professionals in the field and borrow from experience of other programs. I have many relationships with people and programs. Large logistical operations/ Start-up pains
  12. 12. Challenges and solutions ctd. <ul><li>Look for development opportunity. </li></ul><ul><li>Build in a charge for those who can pay to subsidize some scholarship. </li></ul><ul><li>Charge students from other schools a surcharge </li></ul>Access Each program would have 2 staff members who also work closely with the local school. Norms of alcohol use and curfews would be inflexible. Local cell included in program? Supervision
  13. 13. Sample budget- Oaxaca, M éxico 4243 3346 2521 Cost per w 14 Cost per w 14 5256 3442 2628 1314 Cost 2 adults 3868 3101 2334 total 300 300 300 300 WA &quot;Fee&quot; 800 600 400 200 Misc (travel, admissions. Etc) 1000 750 500 250 Teachers 500 500 500 500 Flight 240 180 120 60 Lunch 440 330 220 110 Classes 588 441 294 147 Homestay 4 week 3 week program 2 week Per week