A number of schools in Maine have been participating in an international student transfer program with China and other Asian markets. Right now Presque Isle High School has it’s first Chinese student who’s arrived as part of the program.
International schooling is basically the idea. Students from China will come to Presque Isle High School and other schools participating in the negotiated curriculum, earn their diploma here, and go on to attend college in the United States.
Presque Isle High School Principal Donna Lisnick says, ”we’ve done interviews through skype, with several students probably close to 20 at this point – 10 are committed to coming.”
Those ten students will be coming to Presque Isle High School in the Fall. Right now there’s one Chinese student who’s now here and staying with a host family as the other students will when they come.
Lisnick says, ”120 days before they come they go to the consulate to get their visas and then they can arrive up to 30 days before school actually starts.”
The international program is working out as discussed in previous meetings with SAD 1 officials and Beijing school officials.
Also Superintendent Gehrig Johnson is going to Beijing China this fall, to work with officials on the possibility of having three sister schools. That would set up the opportunity for students from here to attend school in China under the same U.S curriculum as their original school.
Lisnick says, ”they also will use our curriculum, get a presque isle high school diploma, in Beijing.”
Several other schools in Maine have been offering this international model or will be for their students as well.