Colleges keen to sign best pupils

For the fourth year running, representatives from over 20 top college-preparatory boarding schools in the United States will be visiting Grand Cayman on Monday.

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Aspiring young footballers may get scholarships.
Photo: Ron Shillingford

From 6-9pm at the Family Life Centre adjacent to the Church of God on Walkers Road they will be there as part of the 2009 Caribbean School Fair.

The brainchild of Educational Consultant Michael ‘Bedi’ Walker, a former Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Cheshire Academy and Holderness School, the Caribbean School Fair gives local parents and students alike the opportunity to learn the advantages of attending these prestigious educational institutions.

This year’s Caribbean School Fair will include representatives from Cheshire Academy, Marvelwood, The Hotchkiss School, Kent School, Westminster School and Indian Mountain School from Connecticut; Darlington School and Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School from Georgia. There are plenty more of the same calibre.

Education takes on a broad meaning at boarding schools. Boarding schools recognise this – they often have an explicit mission to not only educate students in the classroom, but to also help them become better-rounded individuals.

So while boarding schools often do very well at educating students academically in ways that may be better than local schooling options, their less directly measurable benefits, such as great teachers, small classes, top-notch facilities, sporting programmes and extra-curricular activities, should be considered as well.

Parents of students and students from the Island’s middle and high schools are encouraged to attend this important forum to learn about opportunities available for those who wish to study in the United States.

School representatives will be available and willing to answer questions and provide information on their facilities, curriculum, academic and sporting programmes, requirements for enrollment, the application process and opportunities for financial aid.

Over the past 10 years, there have been several local success stories emanating from this unique relationship between Michael Wallker, the Caribbean School Fair and the Academy Sports Club.

Because of their academic aspirations and athletic abilities, specifically football, a number of youngsters with the Academy Sports Club have been given the opportunity to study overseas at such prestigious schools as Cheshire Academy, the Hotchkiss School and Darlington School.

In some instances, where these students have excelled academically, they have been fortunate to go onto university and attain degrees.

Most recently, Darlington School in Georgia accepted Logan Seymour, 16, and Brandyn Murray, 15, from Academy Sports Club into their programme. The experience has already positively affected the two youngsters.

Apart from the obvious excellent academic programmes, the visiting college-preparatory schools offer an array of top athletic programmes such as track and field, sailing, squash, tennis, swimming, baseball, softball, field hockey (female), basketball and golf.

  • Interested parents and students can visit www.boardingschoolreview.com. For further information on the Caribbean School Fair and the college-preparatory school system, contact Coach Winston Chung at 327-8515 or Marvette Darien at 546-0277.
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