Throughout the month of January, we will be publishing some key stories contained within the December Eagle Vision magazine. We realize that the month of December is quite busy and you may have missed some of these stories. Look for the “In Case You Missed It” series over the next few weeks to catch up!
In 2014, Plymouth Christian Academy received certification from the U.S. State Department to serve as an international host school. Since that time, PCA has hosted over 15 international students, many who have lived with gracious PCA host families. They have traveled from China, South Korea, Germany, and Haiti to live in the Plymouth/ Canton area and attend PCA.
It has been a privilege and honor to provide our international students with an American education that is biblically grounded. We pray that their time with us will impact their hearts for Christ as they grow academically in preparation for college. In addition, we are grateful to be able to broaden the experience of our current students by providing them the opportunity to attend school with, and for some live with, students from other countries.
We receive applications from international students through a variety of organizations that help with placement and through individual searches made by their families. In 2016, we partnered with Weiming Education Group USA to grow the number of international students at PCA. According to their website, “Weiming Education Group (WEG) is the largest and leading private institution in China, providing K-12 education with its innovative curriculum, highly qualified teachers, service-oriented culture, and global reach. Its vision is to lead Chinese K-12 education by continuously exploring new ideas, innovatively experimenting with new methods, and leveraging the high-quality education resources of both domestic and international institutions. WEG’s K-12 education includes pre-school, elementary, secondary and high school programs, as well as an international study program for junior/senior high school students including extra-curricular activities. Both the international study and extra-curricular programs include collaboration with high schools, colleges and universities in the US.”
To strengthen the relationship and fulfill our commitment with Weiming Education Group USA, PCA Superintendent, Caryn Huntsman, made the trip to China in December 2018. After arriving in Beijing, she visited Weiming International Headquarters where she met with dignitaries from Beijing. Following the Beijing visit, Caryn flew aboard China Airlines to Guangzhou where she had the opportunity to showcase PCA to over 2,000 boarding students at Weiming high schools who are interested in studying abroad in the United States.
Her next adventure began by taking the bullet train to Shenzhen to meet with school leaders at the Shenzhen Weiming International School. According to Mrs. Huntsman, “The students at the schools loved seeing Americans. They want to shake hands, say hello, and take selfies with us. I am not used to being the one that looks different. There is much yet to learn!”
We are thrilled to pursue and strengthen a meaningful international program with a diverse representation of students from around the globe. Special thanks to all our homestay families who make it possible for these students to study at Plymouth Christian. If you are interested in learning more about this program or in becoming a homestay family for the 2019-2020 school year, please contact Mrs. Huntsman at firstname.lastname@example.org.