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22 | January 25, 2018 | The highland park landmark private school guide Cambridge Network provides sense of community for international students Many families would welcome a once in a lifetime cultural experience they will always remember, usually by visiting distant places, learning new languages, trying new foods and meeting new people. What if you could have all of that amazing cultural exchange and learning experience without ever leaving the comfort of your home? Becoming a host family for an international student can do just that, and will change your life and family forever. Driven by this common purpose, Cambridge Network enables people to expand their perspectives through cross-cultural learning. This is at the core of the homestay program at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette and is made possible with Cambridge Network, an all-inclusive international student service provider encompassing a global family supporting students, families, and schools. Currently, a community of international students attending Regina Dominican continues to grow and the program • 2, 3 & 4 Year Olds Pre-School Programs • Full Time Child Care Program • Preschool For All • Kindergarten Enrichment Program • Before School Care will be expanding for the 2017-2018 school year. Qualified and caring host families are welcomed on a rolling basis throughout the academic year to open their home to an international student. Students from around the world enjoy participating and learning more about American communities and culture. In turn, families learn about a different cultural way of life and make a lifelong friend. Cambridge Network provides 24/7 support to students, hosts and member schools, striving to uphold high safety standards set forth by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), a professional member association committed to quality international educational travel and exchange for youth at the high school level. Cambridge Network has long achieved full listing accreditation with CSIET through its rigorous annual audit process. Building a sense of community between hosts and students is key to a successful cross-cultural exchange. Cambridge hosts are qualified and loving community residents, who provide a private room, meals, and transportation for each student. Approved Cambridge families host a student for one or two semesters, and may welcome the same student in subsequent school years. Cambridge host families receive a monthly stipend of $1,000 per student to reimburse expenses. Additional host services include access to an assigned local coordinator, emergency assistance when needed, and professional services should a situation require escalation beyond local support. Host families take part in community based orientations, and events provided by Cambridge and designed to develop a supportive local network. Are you interested in becoming a host family or wish to ask a question? Please contact Cambridge at www.thecam or call (617) 749 – 8505. Submitted by The Cambridge Network, www., 617-749–8505. Register today. Call 847-432-3301 1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park Woodlands Academy prepares women for STEM careers Young women are losing ground in the STEM fields. At the bachelor’s degree level, between 2004 and 2014, the share of STEM-related bachelor’s degrees earned by women decreased in all seven discipline areas: engineering; computer science; earth, atmospheric and ocean sciences; physical sciences; mathematics; biological and agricultural sciences; and social sciences and psychology. Graduates of girls’ schools, however, are faring much better than their peers from coeducational institutions. Girls’ school graduates are three times more likely to consider majoring in engineering and six times more likely to consider majoring in math, science and technology. “Not only do our graduates go on to pursue degrees in the STEM fields,” says Head of School Meg Steele, “but they go on to become leaders. We are immensely proud that our graduates are blazing trails in traditionally male-dominated fields.” Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is Lake County’s only singlegender school. Located in Lake Forest, the 160 year-old school is an independent, Catholic day and boarding, collegepreparatory school for young women of all faiths grades nine through 12. It’s challenging academic program and extracurricular offerings prepare students to pursue degrees in STEM fields. For example, the Woodlands Academy Robotics team advanced to the FTC Illinois State Championship in 2017. Additionally, Woodlands Academy students earned an average score of 4.5 on the A.P. Calculus exam compared to a 2.9 national average in 2016. Woodlands Academy students also show academic strength across all disciplines evidenced by the fact that nearly one-in-three Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Class of 2017 were honored by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) State Scholars. Honorees were chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth-semester class rank. They typically rank in or near the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 765 high schools across the state. Founded in 1858, Woodlands Academy is an independent Catholic college preparatory day and boarding high school for young women. It’s part of a worldwide network of Sacred Heart Schools that spans the United States and 40 other countries. A nonprofit, Woodlands Academy’s identity is rooted in Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat’s desire to inspire young hearts and minds to excel, to lead lives of integrity and to serve. Submitted by Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest, (847) 234-4300, www.woodland private school guide the highland park landmark | January 25, 2018 | 23 School of St. Mary celebrates Catholic Schools Week Please join us for our Open Houses on Sunday, Jan. 28. Information and student-led tours will be available at both the Primary Grade Center (pre-K – 3rd grades), 900 W. Everett Road, and the Upper Grade Center (4th – 8th grades), 185 E. Illinois Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Both campuses are in Lake Forest. The Open Houses, together with student speakers at Sunday Mass, will kick-off Catholic Schools Week, our annual celebration of what makes education at School of St. Mary outstanding. A whole week of activities are planned to showcase what our students are accomplishing and to celebrate the community we have built to educate tomorrow’s citizens and church leaders. The theme of Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” This theme encompasses the core products and values that can be found in Catholic schools across the country. Not only are we teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples and enriched citizens in our communities, educators are growing with them. In Catholic schools, we are all learners, servants and leaders. These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools work. They are what make Catholic schools succeed. The theme also focuses on key elements of Catholic education: faith development, academic excellence and dedication to service. These elements set Catholic schools apart from other educational options. They are why families make sacrifices to provide their children with a Catholic education. Please visit the School of St. Mary on Jan. 28 during the Open Houses and see how our students embrace their faith development, excellent education and dedication to service. Please bring your friends and neighbors, particularly those who may be considering Catholic education for their children. Submitted by School of St. Mary, Primary Grade Center, 900 West Everett Road, Lake Forest, (847) 283-9800; Upper Grade Center, 185 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest, www., (847-234-0371 Lake Forest Academy is an independent, co-ed, college preparatory school for boarding and day students located in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest. • Grades 9 to 12 • 435 students • 40 countries and 16 states • 30 miles north of Chicago 1500 W Kennedy Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045 847-615-3267 Spring Open House: April 22, 2018