A Reciprocal Relationship
Students from all over the world choose to attend St. Anne’s-Belfield because it offers a world-class education and yet is a small, welcoming community that lets each student be their own person. International students arrive with a high level of English fluency, and enroll in the appropriate ESL classes for at least the first year of their STAB career. The diverse residential student body allows students to learn about other cultures and develop insights into how we are all connected. By surrounding yourself with peers that echo the varied nations of the world, your educational experience will be greatly enhanced, just as the presence of a diverse, multi-national group of boarding students enriches the experience of STAB's day students.
The School issues I-20s and other appropriate paperwork, offers U.S. insurance for international students, provides transportation to and from Dulles International Airport, and offers countless outings to Charlottesville and the surrounding area to allow international students to have an enriching, immersed cultural experience.
While your time in the classroom is paramount to your experience at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, your participation in our Boarding program will come to define your time here. Enrollment in the program is intentionally limited to allow us to maintain a sense of family and community. By living where you learn, you invite your peers to understand your unique interests and culture, and in return, are exposed to a wide range of friends with their own passions and pursuits. By choosing to join our community of boarders, you choose to pursue self-responsibility and learn to make choices that matter. You choose to become part of a proud community in a safe environment where trying new things is encouraged. Most importantly, you choose to surround yourself with faculty and friends who share a strong common bond: the experience of dormitory life.
Our boarding residences are located in the center of our Upper School campus. The rooms are arranged in suites with two rooms sharing a bathroom. Meals, prepared on site, are provided by our experienced dining services team. With the support and care of the adults who live in the dormitory, we ask our students to be responsible and cooperative members of our boarding community. Faculty members from the Upper School often join our boarding students and staff for dinner, study sessions, and a variety of weekend activities. Boarding students are afforded all the opportunities of being part of the Charlottesville community, including exposure to cultural events, world-renowned speakers, and collegiate athletics at the University of Virginia, all within walking distance of our campus. Also, with our proximity to Washington, D. C., students are invited to experience countless chaperoned excursions.
In agreement with our philosophy that both a breadth and depth of knowledge are essential characteristics of a college preparatory education, all students are encouraged to attain excellence in a variety of disciplines. As part of our core graduation requirements, students must complete our rigorous and unique series of mathematics and science courses. Our most advanced students have easy access to collegiate-level courses at the University of Virginia, and many of our students choose to enroll in these classes to pursue their various academic passions. All students are required to take five academic courses each trimester, but a significant number elect to carry six or seven, including a diverse array of honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. An English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is offered for those students with at least an intermediate level of English proficiency.
Our College Counseling Office works personally with students in grades 9-12 to help them learn about the range of available schools, understand the complete college admission process, and select the school that best meets their individual needs. Recent international graduates are currently attending a variety of colleges and universities, including Amherst, Bates, Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Davidson, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Rhode Island School of Design, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington & Lee, William & Mary, Williams, and Yale.
Becoming active in school life is perhaps more important for international students than for other students, because it provides a much-needed context for learning conversational English and American culture.
Boarding students at St. Anne’s-Belfield School take full advantage of everything our two campuses have to offer. Our facilities rival those found at the best boarding schools and colleges, and include state-of-the-art music and art studios, gymnasiums, weight training facilities, softball and baseball fields, tennis courts, squash courts, grass and turf fields.
A diverse selection of student-driven clubs and activities round out the student experience at our school. As a member of our community, we invite you to pursue what inspires you.
7:20 a.m. Breakfast
7:50 a.m. Morning Room Check
8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. School Day
3:30-5:30 p.m. Athletics, Drama, Dance,
or Other Approved Activity
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30-9:30 p.m. Study Hall
9:30-11:00 p.m. Quiet/Free Time
11:00 p.m. Room Check-In
Kai'li Millner, Assistant Director of Admission for Grades 5-12 for St. Anne's-Belfield School, traveled internationally throughout April 2013 to promote the School and further build interest in our International Students and Boarding Programs. Watch this page for information on future trips!