Everything Is Better Together
The West Catholic International Program is designed to provide international students with a dynamic, excellence-driven Catholic education. The entire West Catholic community embraces the intercultural exchange of incorporating international students into our family. Continuous academic support and individualized programs are tailored to meet each international student’s needs. This program is focused on assisting international students reach their educational goals while creating cultural exchanges between domestic and international students. Students are welcome to attend West Catholic for both short and long term educational experiences. Students that are approved to study virtually from their home country will be able to participate in real-time classes or watch the in-class instruction asynchronously. By providing specialized courses, planning trips for cultural exchange, and working with international agencies, we ensure that students' needs are met and are constantly adapting new ways to better serve our student population.
West Catholic has a strong team of teachers and administrators who work together to ensure students are placed in the correct classes, are academically successful and have a smooth transition into American culture.
Ms. Kirsten Herich, our Director of Domestic and International Admissions, will work with students and their agents as they transition to our community.
Ms. Rachel Sharma, our International Program Coordinator, provides support for our international students and their teachers to ensure their academic success, as well as organizes cultural events and experiences.
Ms. Brittany DeWitt, our school counselor, will guide students in choosing the correct classes as well as help students prepare for and apply to colleges.
West Catholic offers students from around the world unique opportunities to study abroad in the United States, but we wouldn’t be able to offer these opportunities without generous families like you, who “open wide the doors to Christ.”
Here are a few options that prospective host families have to choose from:
Two-semester program – This is the traditional program that many of our host families have fallen in love with. The student becomes a part of your family and follows the typical high school student schedule of classes, clubs, sports, dances, etc. This experience creates opportunities for deep cultural exchange and mutual growth in learning.
One-semester program – This program is for students who start in the spring semester but can also be for students who start in the fall. This is a great opportunity for families who may have a space available in their homes for a limited time or would like to test the hosting experience.
Eight-week program – This cultural exchange program is set up through a partnership with Guatemalan students. This will take place again in November 2019.
Three-week program – This program takes place in September as students from Spain visit for a short cultural exchange which involves several days in school as well as many events and excursions.
Welcome Families – West Catholic is also in need of “welcome host families” for the fall of 2019. These families host a new student for the first six weeks of the semester.
Stand-By List – If you would like to help when a host family is out of town or in case of an emergency, we would love to have you listed as a stand-by family. This is a creative way to have an international experience for a short time.
“The overlapping presence of different cultures is a great resource and source of mutual enrichment.”