School Year Abroad (SYA) Plus

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Founded in 1964 by Phillips Academy in Andover and now supported by a consortium including top independent schools across the country, School Year Abroad (SYA) is the only secondary-level program which allows students to live with a European or Asian family for an entire academic year while earning U.S. graduation credits and preparing for selective U.S. colleges and universities. Every year each one of our schools enrolls approximately 65 students to complete their junior or senior year of high school. Students come from public and private schools across the United States.

The central elements of SYA – the homestay and an academic program emphasizing foreign language acquisition – ensure that students return home with real mastery of a second language. At the same time, instructors from U.S. schools guarantee that they do not lose ground in their core American courses: math and English. Extracurricular activities and organized travel round out the year.

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