Niskayuna High School has two nurses on staff every day for minor health concerns. We also have a school physician who is part of a full-service medical practice. Visiting students are welcome to become patients of that medical practice in order to receive any necessary medical assistance during their stay at Niskayuna. As indicated on the district website, each visiting student is responsible to purchase his/her own medical insurance and pay co-pays if needed. Emergency medical services are available through Ellis Hospital which is located about ten minutes from Niskayuna HS.
The International Scholars Program solicits host families within the community through a direct appeal in foreign language classes and through announcements made in school publications and on the school website. Any potential host family will meet with the program coordinator in the host family's home for an on-site interview. At that time, the coordinator will review the rules and expectations of the program with the host family. All members of the host family eighteen years of age and older must undergo criminal background checks before they can be approved for hosting. Host families provide information about their family situation and expectations for the program as part of the application process.
School fees are due to be paid in full prior to the student's arrival in the US. School fees should be paid directly to the Niskayuna School District Treasurer. Deadline for payment for the 2014-15 school year is August 21.
Every student is different, but the suggested amount per month is $200-$300. This money is used to pay for incidental expenses and school supplies, outings and school lunches.
The easiest method for making spending money available is through the use of a debit or credit card tied to an American bank. Students have access to an account in the U.S. which can be replenished by parents as needed.
We do not encourage parental visits to the U.S. during the first half of the school year. This period of independence is important for students to adjust to their new school and community. Parents are allowed to visit later in the school year as long as such a visit does not impinge on school activities and does not unduly inconvenience the host family. Host families are not required to host the parents of a visiting student.
The selection committee will finalize its choices by mid-June, and applicants and their families will receive notification before the end of June.
Visiting students should plan to arrive one week before the beginning of the school year.
Visiting students should arrange their flights to arrive in Albany International Airport and communicate their flight information to the International program coordinator. The coordinator will meet all students at the airport and transport them to the home of their host family .
The week before the beginning of the school year will be the time when visiting students gather at the high school for orientation. Students should plan to spend at least two days at school prior to the beginning of the school year to plan schedules, tour the school, learn about school rules and expectations and receive general information.
The program coordinator and host family will set up an appointment with each visiting student's counselor to meet and plan the academic schedule. At that time, all visiting students should present copies of their home school transcripts translated into English. This type of information is critical to the scheduling process and will help the counselors to make good course selections for student visitors.
All visiting students must take courses in English, Social Studies, Math, Science and Physical Education at the appropriate level. Other courses are electives that students may choose based on their academic interests and goals. If students wish to receive a high school diploma, they must meet the prerequisite, course and examination requirements for the high school graduation option.
Yes, visiting students may take part in school sports at Niskayuna.
Yes, student visitors are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities. There is an Activities fair during the first week of school to introduce visitors to a host of student clubs and organizations.
There are a number of insurance providers that specialize in arranging medical insurance coverage for international students. While the district cannot offer specific recommendations for medical insurance, it is able to provide a listing of corporate partners of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) through which medical insurance can be obtained. Please visit this page on our website for that listing and links to the site of each organization.
Yes, but there are certain conditions that must be met as part of the graduation option. First, students must provide proof that they have completed twenty-two credits of equivalent coursework in their home school. Second, students must maintain a full academic schedule at Niskayuna HS with a B average in their courses. Finally, students must take and pass five required NYS Regents exams: World History, U.S. History, Integrated Algebra, Comprehensive English and Science.
Yes, there are 25 college credit courses available at Niskayuna in addition to fifteen AP classes and 46 Honors level courses that we offer. College credit is offered through a number of institutions depending on the course content. For the names of specific courses and the institutions that offer them, please see page 11 of the Program of Studies available on the International Scholars Program website.
U.S. State Department regulations state that visiting students may attend this program for one year.
Yes. A scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is available to well-qualified students that demonstrate need and represent a country that is new to our program.
Yes, a waiver can be obtained. The waiver may be granted after consultation with the program coordinator who will contact the host family for approval.
Student visitors may stay an additional two weeks in the U.S. after completing the International Scholars Program.
A test of English language proficiency is part of the application process. Students that apply must provide their scores on an acceptable test of English language proficiency such as the TOEFL or the SLEP. Applicants will also be interviewed over Skype in English to ascertain their level of fluency in English.
Students that apply for the Niskayuna International Scholars Program are expected to come to the U.S. with sufficient proficiency in English to handle high school level coursework. Individual teachers will provide extra help as needed.
The program coordinator is available for student visitors at all times to help with any issues or problems. Students may also ask their counselor or the International homeroom teacher for help with a problem. All of these staff members will check on visiting students regularly to assess how well they are adjusting. In circumstances where there does not appear to be a good match between the student visitor and the host family, a new host family may be assigned.
The administrative fee pays for the supervision and organization of the program. Aspects of the program such as the application and screening process, the orientation process and the oversight of individual students and host families are covered by the administrative fee.
Tuition is $15,000 USA. Housing is $6,000 USA. The administrative fee is $2,000 USA. Students must also pay for medical insurance and travel as well as incidental monthly expenses. The cost of those aspects of the program will vary according to each student's individual circumstances.
Yes, if they are part of a school-sponsored trip or in the company of their own parents or host family.
Students that violate the rules of the program will receive a warning, and their parents and host parents will be notified of the warning. If the warning has no effect, students may be sent home at their own expense. In such a situation, all tuition and fees are non-refundable.