The independent school world is currently in the throes of the fall admissions cycle, hosting varying types of open house events that try to showcase their best self. Given the competition amongst peer schools all trying to strategically choose a key day, date and time from the few weekend dates available, this would seem like the time to dim the focus on the international marketplace. After all, while there is a recent uptick in visitation by international families, schools still need to focus on drawing in local, domestic students to their campuses.
While at many schools workloads and responsibilities slow during the summer months, that wasn't the case for those preparing for the enrollment of international students. Nor is it so for the international students and families busily preparing for travel and entry to the United States. Here are three important questions your school should have the answers to as you start a new school year.
Many private-independent schools have recently started or expanded international student enrollment, with and without specific programming in place. Your school may be one of these schools with international students adding to the approximately 1.11 million international students already attending school in the U.S. Secondary schools in particular have seen the largest increase in recent years, adding to the 5.5% increase since 2015.