Isaac Scientific Publishing

Journal of Advances in Education Research

Foreign Students’ Impressions of American High Schools

Download PDF (172.2 KB) PP. 34 - 38 Pub. Date: February 21, 2017

DOI: 10.22606/jaer.2017.21005


  • Dan Peterson*
    Seattle University, Seattle, USA


Every year thousands of successful foreign students attend American high schools, sponsored by many organizations. These students have experienced an education in two countries, so they have a specific, participatory knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of two very different systems. Using a survey designed for this study, the students in this study compared American high schools with the high schools in their home countries. Initially the foreign students rated their home high school higher than their American high school, but by the end of the school year, they rated American high schools higher than their home country high school. The results indicate many strengths of American schools and also indicate areas of improvement needed from this unique perspective of foreign students.


Education, foreign students, and American high schools


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