At The White Mountain School, all students know each other and learn from one another. This is a tremendous advantage for international students because they work with American students and students from other countries a regular basis. International and domestic students work together in all settings — dorms, athletics, Field Courses and in all non-ESL (English as a Second Language) classes.
The personal, caring and committed relationships that faculty have with students makes WMS unique. We are intentionally small, allowing us to maximize this level of care and connection. Our International Student Coordinator helps faculty and international students understand how to meet the needs of our international student population.
In addition to English as a Second Language support, WMS provides the following for all international students:
All new international students arrive on campus four days before the rest of the students to acclimate and prepare for the beginning of the year. These orientation days are led by the International Student Coordinator with help from returning international and domestic students. As part of the orientation, all new international students become familiar with the campus, classroom expectations, faculty, school rules and the local area. New International Students are also given the opportunity to open bank accounts, purchase cell phones, buy necessities, register for classes and more during this orientation.
The White Mountain School allows international students to stay on campus during our two shorter breaks. During these short breaks they are given the opportunity to enjoy the local area and fantastic landscapes nearby. We also arrange Home Stays for first year international students for the longer vacations.
The White Mountain School has an experienced college counselor who is aware of the needs of college-bound international students and is trained in helping international/ESL students through the college process. Additionally, he is adept at helping them find appropriate matches.
The White Mountain School has had an active Cultural Events Series for over 30 years. This series brings performers from around the globe to campus to share their music and stories. We have regular community dinners emphasizing authentic international cuisine. In February, we celebrate International Night -- a festival of all the cultures on campus, a true opportunity for all international students to share their traditional food, music or talents. International students are also encouraged to share their country's music and literature at campus coffee houses alongside their American peers.
The White Mountain School has trained Admission Officers who facilitate the application process for international/ESL candidates, explain the application procedure, coordinate academic-year immigration/visa documents, guide accepted students through the visa application process and respond to visa application problems. For more information and helpful hints on studying in the United States, click here.
"My most valuable takeaway from being an international student at White Mountain is that the School taught me the real meaning of serving your community. I developed lifetime friendships, fundamental life values, and the ultimate goal through this process. As a foreigner, White Mountain helped me understand the real meaning of diversity, and as a student, the School prepared me well for academic studies in college. Without White Mountain, I would not have gone this far."
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a coeducational college-preparatory boarding and day school for students grades 9-12/PG.