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Students who do well at Orono High School are those seeking an adventure–they want to explore a new place on their own. Studying abroad is a risk, and our teachers know that. We want you to feel comfortable while expanding your horizons. Past students have come to Orono High School with the following backgrounds and/or goals:
- They want to study at a US university, but want one year of high school to improve their English, receive help on their college applications, and get used to the US education system.
- They were on a J-1 visa for grade 11, and wish to stay in the US for grade 12. Yes, international students can earn their Orono High School diploma after one year of studying at OHS. Orono students are on an F-1 student visa.
- They want a gap year. Not sure what you want to do? Studying at Orono High School for one year is a productive way to spend the year. A lot of our Dutch students, for example, finished their HAVO year and decided to study at OHS for another year.
- They want to experience a new culture and/or improve their English. Some countries, such as Denmark, won’t give students credit for their year at a US high school. Students from those countries come simply for the experience. And guess what? We love that! We’ll do our best to assign you courses that will prepare you to return to your home country.
- They want to live with a host family, and most private schools only have dorms. Sometimes, students come to OHS for grade 9, 10, or 11 knowing they will transfer to a private school to finish their high school career. Why? Because OHS offers host families, a small and diverse international program, and they’ve heard from family and friends how much support OHS teachers give their students.