Dates: July 6 – 29, 2018
Location: San Diego, California, USA
School: Francis Parker School
Students: 15 places for 9th grade – 11th grade students
Application start: January 1, 2018
Deadline: April 2018
- Formal instruction and professional guidance on the university/ college admissions process provided by Parker’s Director of University/College Counseling, assisted by two senior English Department teachers, offered Weeks 2 and 3 of the program in the afternoons.
- Formally-guided tours of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); the University of Southern California (USC); the University of California, San Diego (UCSD); San Diego State University (SDSU), and the ve liberal arts schools referred to as the Claremont Colleges: Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College and Scripps College.
- Supervised trips to local and regional cultural/tourist destinations on select afternoons and evenings.
- A daily English-language classroom immersion experience.
- A home-stay living arrangement arranged by IEM, ensuring an English language immersion experience.
DAILY SCHEDULE (MONDAY – FRIDAY):
7:00 – 7:30 AM – Breakfast with homestay family
7:45 – 7:55 AM – Students transported by homestay family to campus in a private car
8:00 – 12:00 PM – Students attend classes
12:00 – 12:30 PM – Lunch at Parker
12:30 – 1:00 PM – Free period
1:00 – 4:00 PM – Week 1: Recreational/tourism activities; Weeks 2, 3: University/college visits and application preparation course
4:15 – 5:30 PM – Additional study period or students return to their home-stay
6:00 – 6:30 PM – Dinner with home-stay family
Evening hours: Homework/next day class preparations; occasional evening field trip to local cultural sites
Saturdays and Sundays: Activities to include a mix of cultural and recreational activities with the home-stay family
As the Parker Summer Program is limited to no more than 15 students for the 2018 summer, a careful screening process for all applicants will be used. Each accepted candidate must:
- Demonstrate a strong grasp of conversational English and satisfactory English writing skills as appropriate to the student’s current grade level. (Note: English language proficiency testing is required as a part of the Orientation Session to assure proper course placements subsequent to enrollment and prior to the start of classes.)
- Possess the ability and willingness to participate in class discussions.
- Submit (in written English) a personal statement expressing the reasons why he/she should be accepted into the Program.
- Provide a letter of support from a teacher or school administrator who knows the student well.
- Conduct a Skype interview with the Summer Program Director or with the designated preferred vendor, IEM.
- Be sufficiently mature to engage in a successful homestay arrangement.
HOW TO APPLY:
- Provide a valid passport, visa, health condition, and the completed application.
- Provide valid travel insurance that covers the student’s duration in the U.S. while attending this program.
- The student must follow all school and program rules.
- All fees for this program must be paid at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of this program. No refund if the student cancels due to personal reasons.
- The $250 homestay deposit is not included in the program fee. It will be refunded one week after departure of the homestay, assuming no damages caused by visiting student.