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F-1 Private Basic High School Program

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Students enrolled in SMG’s F-1 Private Basic program will enjoy a more affordable private high school program compared to our traditional F-1 Private Choice Program option. The price of the program is amongst the lowest for all the F-1 private high school programs due in large part to the fact that it is a no-choice program, meaning that students do not choose the region of the US in which they are placed. As an F-1 Private Basic student, you will be placed with a volunteer host family and attend an elite private school in the US. You’ll have a well-rounded high school experience, with the opportunity to participate in school sports and activities. You can also choose to study for multiple years and, if enrolled for over a year, can graduate from your school.

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Facts About F-1 Private Basic

  • Open to students ages 14-19
  • Language and academic support is offered
  • Graduation is possible
  • Semester and Academic Year programs available
  • Multiple year program options available
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Basic Plus Option

All high schools enrolled in the program have a minimum of 100 students. Students interested in a larger class size can choose our Basic Plus option, which guarantees a school with at least 200 students.

Frequently Asked Questions

The F-1 Private High School Program allows students to select the specific school in which they want to study. The Basic Program is a non-choice program. Once students are accepted into the program, staff will place a student in a school where they believe the student will be most successful.

Private Basic schools are located throughout the United States.

Private Basic offers students outstanding private high schools. While students cannot choose a specific school, they are guaranteed an elite experience.

All high schools will have a minimum of 100 students enrolled in grades 9-12.

Students can apply for either a semester or academic year program.

Yes, students are able to stay for multiple years on the F-1 Private Basic program.

Program Manager

Diana has worked compassionately In the field of student exchange for over ten years. As program director of our Private High School Program, Diana works directly with schools, headmasters, and teachers, and also has employees in each state to help manage and watch over the students very closely.

“This isn’t just a job to me, it is a mission I am passionate about and believe in which I hope the students, schools, and families all see! I want each student to have an incredible experience to allow for further opportunities to open up for them in the future. No matter what level a student is on, I aim to find a place for them providing growth, achievement, and success!”

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Student Testimonials

My American Experience

"Different countries have different cultures, and my parents wanted me to experience something different in my life and see more things in the world. I have been in America for almost three years, and I am enjoying every single day that I am here. I said I enjoy it, but it does not mean it is easy, it has been a challenge for me, and that is the point of our life, don’t you think? I am sure I got so much stronger, not only physically stronger, but also my heart. Two biggest challenges for me were language and making friends, at first when I came here I didn’t speak much of English at all, and plus the slang that people use here, people wouldn’t talk to a person who can’t even understand what they are saying, I was lost. But fortunately I have a great host family, they help me for my homework the first year, teach me things that I don’t know how to do, have a conversation with me when I’m struggling, I don’t think I can do this without them. I didn’t have friends at all the first year, but as time goes I start making friends. Sports absolutely can help you make new friends, especially when you're good at it. And now I am a senior in high school, I joined many activity clubs, and I play sports. I have a lot of friends, and I think I speak pretty good English now, at least other people says so. We always have to take challenges, you will never lose if you don’t give up, life is not easy, and this is how we get stronger."

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