Host Family Program
Our Host Family Program provides students from our Residential Life program 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. This program does not have a live-in requirement, and host families are not expected to house students during 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 a welcome dinner in the fall. This event gives students and families an opportunity to meet and visit, and allows families to meet other families who are participating in the program. During the first term, 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, University of Virginia sporting events, the Downtown Mall, Tom Tom Festival, Let There Be Light Celebration at Piedmont Virginia Community College, Monticello, on a hike, to the movies, skating, etc.
- Come to campus and share a meal in the Dining Hall
- Watch your student participate in a sport, play, or musical performance
- 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
We look forward to welcoming new families to the Host Family Program.