When Ella’s family was looking for a quality boarding school in the UK, TASIS The American School in England stood out. Ella, who was born and raised in the US, trusted the rave reviews and certainly saw enough on her visit to write one of her own. “We visited many other schools, but TASIS was by far our favorite,” she says.
The school community impressed her. Students were enthusiastic, teachers were welcoming, and the boarders seemed eager to get Ella and her family in on the excitement as well. Then and there, she knew she would thrive at TASIS England.
Although it was her first time away from home, it wasn’t long until Ella started to “get the hang” of boarding life. “My roommate was quick to introduce me to her friends and made me feel welcome and comfortable here,” she says. “I wouldn’t have gotten used to living apart from my family if it wasn’t for the other boarders around me. It was incredible!”
TASIS England’s boarding program often has this effect on students far from home. Open to ages 13 to 18, it was designed to help young adults develop enduring relationships while gaining enough independence, responsibility, respect, and resilience to carve individualized paths to both academic and personal success. Their progress is supervised by a dynamic team whose mission is to keep residential life at TASIS England safe, fun, warm, friendly, and caring.
Room assignments are strategic, ensuring that students reside with peers who speak varying mother tongues. This way, international students are encouraged to practice their English while sharing and celebrating the diversity within the School’s global community.
The School’s mission is to nurture intellectual curiosity while encouraging students to evolve into principled, open-minded, and compassionate individuals — the traits commonly honed by our world’s finest leaders, creators, and innovators
“My levels of independence and responsibility have definitely improved since becoming a boarder, even though there are rules and regulations in place to ensure our safety,” affirms Ella. “I have learned how to budget money, make efficient decisions and plans, and effectively communicate with peers and adults.”
While boarding houses are cosy enough to persuade the most extroverted pupil to stay in, blooming friendships often spark an urge to explore. With parental consent, TASIS England boarders often venture beyond their 46-acre campus during the weekend. The School’s close proximity to London — and the rest of the UK’s vibrant offerings — makes group outings a popular choice.
“Studying in London is an experience that will never be forgotten,” says Ella. “Over the last year, I have taken at least three field trips into the city for different classes, to places such as museums and historical sites related to the topics we were studying in class. Academics aside, my friends and I go to London frequently to attend concerts, shop and just explore the city. We’ve also visited the Isle of Wight and Bath.”
Like teenagers everywhere, TASIS England students thoroughly enjoy every chance they get to unwind over the weekend before preparing for a brand new week of scholastic excellence.
TASIS believes that learning should be extended beyond the classroom. The boarding program includes the October Travel Week, with chaperoned trips to various European destinations that balance traditional sightseeing with hands-on, activity-based experiences. Students may also participate in the February Ski Trip, service trips, and overnight field trips planned by subject teachers. Varsity sports teams travel to mid-season and end-of-season tournaments, and the Model United Nations (MUN) team participates in two overseas conferences, usually in The Hague and Barcelona.
The rigorous academics reflect the School’s commitment to a balanced, college-preparatory program. Within this structure, students gradually take more responsibility for decisions about their academic program in preparation for their further education plans. With the breadth of options available to fulfill the graduation requirements, every curious mind is satisfied with the curriculum they get to design. As they progress, students are expected to assume full responsibility for the learning process.
In the Upper School, students have the choice of following the two-year International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme — for which exam results are consistently strong. Another alternative is the American college preparatory program that includes a choice of 26-year-long Advanced Placement (AP) courses — and outcomes are equally impressive. With the support and guidance of the faculty, students achieve academic success and develop the confidence needed to take the world by storm. But first, they gain acceptance to some of the best universities in the world.
Ella has done just that thanks to keen guidance from her college counselor, Ms. Mohr, who encouraged her to include the challenging college-level AP courses in her schedule and to pursue co-curricular interests to demonstrate her leadership and athletic qualities. Ella also worked closely with the AP coordinator, Ms. Maurer, who curated her classes in accordance with her plans to study entrepreneurship and corporate innovation at university.
With lots to look forward to, TASIS graduates can confirm there’s much to treasure about the School. “Being at TASIS has been such an enriching experience!” enthuses Ella. “I will definitely miss the people the most. Students and staff alike are very kind, approachable, and accommodating people. Come here and I can promise you’ll never feel alone.”
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