I understand that American boarding schools tend to force foreign students American ways and English and I'm not strongly opposed to that in general. I know some foreigners hang around with their countrymen ALL THE TIME and are never involved in American community. Forcing American ways and English is appropriate for that kind of foreigners. However, the problem is, people from my country tend not to be friendly with each other naturally and don't have strong ethnic bond when abroad. There are actually many people from my country who hate their own country and their countrymen, and those people are generally unfriendly and mean to their countrymen when abroad. Therefore, people from my country are quite vulnerable when they are deprived of freedom to hang around with each other and to use our language. They will be isolated from their countrymen easily and their identitiy may be threatened. The situation is pretty serious and many people from my country suffer from being isolated when abroad. It's not good to force American ways and English too much for people from my country because they don't have a strong ethnic bond and gets isolated easily. We don't want to lose our identity.
I did not go to SAS but went to another private school where my dad was the head of school. In regards to the post about foreign studens not being allowed to speak their native language and hang out together: this is actually a routine policy at most prep boarding schools and a really good example of "tough love" . You are not going to learn English or make friends outside of your ethnic community if you constantly stay inside your ethnic comfort zone. Often times the parents enroll their kids in American boarding schools specifically so their kids will learn fluent English with an American accent. Does discrimination happen? I'm sure it does but that's real life. It's in the kids best interest to be forced outside the bubble, learn a new language and make new friends. My dad's rule at his school was that you had to speak English only Monday through Friday and find ways to make friends outside the ethnic clique. It worked for most of the kids concerned.
I went to SAS around the late 1990s. At that time, the school was very xenophobic and discriminatory againt foreign students. SAS did not like foreign studets hanging around together, or speak their native languages. They deprived the freedom of foreign students becoming friends with each other and the freedom to speak their native languages, and forced their value on foreign students. They even tried to separate the friendship between foreign students when foreign students were being friends with each other. SAS keeps saying that they will not harass students based on origins or races, but it is not true. The school was actually harassing foreign students and certain races! Also, the community was too small, and the atmosphere was too exclusive. Most of the reviews praising this school were made by white Americans. SAS could be a good school for white American students. However, it's not a good place for minorities, especially if you are not white, or are a foreigner who are not a native English speaker.
Went here for high school. Best four years of my life. Talking to my friends in college made me appreciate the experience I had at SAS even more. Amazing teachers and amazing setting. Very open and welcoming.
I have children in both the Upper and Middle School. Each night they come home and tell me how excited about what they are learning and how happy they are. In the mornings they bound out of bed ready for another day. They love their classes, the afternoon programs, and their classmates. It's great to know that each day they are surrounded by teachers and classmates who are invested in their success.
This is an AMAZING school this campus is so beautiful. The teachers are great they do so much hands on stuff with the students and its super helpful! There is so much to offer here and so many things that your able to do just on campus like go on a hike! I love it! I have a blast at this school! I would defiantly recommend sending your kid here! They will love it!
SAS does a great job of being a small school that meets the needs of a wide range of kids. My children have developed strong positive relationships with their teachers and their teachers know how to challenge them both in and out of the classroom. Their classmates value education and are headed places. I also appreciate that because the school is small, my kids can participate in a variety of activities - both the things they are already good at and the things they are just wanting to try.
We have had a very disappointing experience at this school. Some of the teacher are great, but some are lazy. There is no oversight and accountablilty for the teachers. There is definately some drug use among the students at the school, though it is difficult to tell how much since they are not obliged to make any information public. A public school with AP courses would be a much better option, especially considering the cost.
I love this school! Awesome teachers, campus, & afterschool activities! Go to sasweb.org!
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