Host Family Program
Our Host Family Program provides our boarding students, who are an integral part of the St. Anne’s-Belfield School community, with the opportunity to join in the life of a local family.
Host families may include individuals, couples, and members of the St. Anne’s-Belfield community and are expected to invite students to explore life outside of campus. Without their own family to share in their School activities, our boarding students deeply appreciate having a local connection and a home away from home. Since all of the students in the Host Family Program are currently seven-day boarders, this program does not have a live-in requirement, and host families are not expected to house students during School breaks.
How often students and host families meet, and the types of social activities they enjoy together, will be unique to each family. We ask that host families make contact by email or phone with students in the first two weeks of the school year, and together devise a schedule that suits everyone.
What makes the program work is what you as a family do and share with your host student beyond the School's organized group events. The first event we have organized to kick-off the program is the welcome dinner in the fall. This event gives students and families an opportunity to meet and visit, and allows families to meet the other families who are participating in the program. During the first trimester, we will invite families to participate in events we’ve organized for boarding students. This could range from snow tubing, ice-skating, apple-picking, amusement parks visits, or other family-oriented fun event. We will end the academic year with a formal dinner to send-off our seniors as they embark on the next phase of their lives.
Ways you can engage with your students:
- Have your student over for dinner or take them out to eat (students love to get off campus)
- Take your student to museums, UVA sporting events, the Downtown Mall, the Tom Tom Festival, the Let There Be Light Celebration at PVCC, Monticello, on a hike, the movies, skating, Skyline Drive, etc.
- Come to campus and share a meal in the dining hall
- Watch your student participate in a sport, play, or musical performance, or attend Fall Family Picnic or another on campus event together
- Have your student share something from his/her culture and share your home and Virginia with them
If you would like to be a part of this program, please sign up here or contact Antxon Iturbe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 296-5106. If you would like to speak with a family that has participated in the program, please contact Elizabeth Muse and Matt Singleton, parents of Ela ‘19 and Chris Singleton ‘17 and host students Jihoon Lee ’17 and Emily Cai ’18, at email@example.com.
We look forward to welcoming new families to the Host Family Program.