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Testimonials

D. Scott Looney, Head of School, Hawken School (OH)

"I have been working with ASSIST for almost 25 years, at two different schools, and have been thrilled with the caliber of student they provide, and the personalized approach they take to making sure each student/school match is good. ASSIST has been terrific in partnering with our school to ensure that the experience of the visiting student, as well as the host school, is as productive and positive as possible. Hawken is deeply enriched by having the ASSIST students provide a global perspective both in the classroom and in our co-curricular program. I can't imagine our school without the benefit of the ASSIST students."

Brent Bell, Head of School, Darlington School (GA)

"The Darlington community has benefited tremendously from the presence of all of the ASSIST students who have attended here over the years. We truly value our partnership with ASSIST, and appreciate greatly their desire to help us find students who fully embrace our mission."

Charles Cahn III, Headmaster, Suffield Academy (CT)

“ASSIST students make a memorable impact on Suffield Academy each year. Our community is enriched by the positive spirit and the many talents of our ASSIST Scholars. Suffield has long valued its relationship with ASSIST and enthusiastically supports the organization's great work.”

Suzanne Walker Buck, Rector, Chatham Hall (VA)

"I first learned about ASSIST nearly 20 years ago when I began my career in independent school admission work. I remember reading the applications of our then ASSIST scholars. They demonstrated enormous academic aptitude, talent in athletics or arts, concern for others, and an eagerness to engage in the school community and the world at large. Could these students possibly be as impressive as they appeared on paper? The answer was and continues to be yes! Now, as a head of school, I appreciate not just the remarkable qualities that individual ASSIST scholars bring, but also their impact holistically within our school environment. ASSIST scholars are agents of action. They immerse themselves into the fabric of school and community life. They embrace the opportunities that boarding schools provide. In addition to sharing their cultural diversity, ASSIST scholars model for their peers the exceptional qualities that we seek to foster in all of our students."

Arnold E. Holtberg, Eugene McDermott Headmaster, St. Mark's School of Texas (TX)

"Since 1995, St. Mark’s School of Texas has had a very productive relationship with ASSIST. Each and every student who has come to the School through the program has been an excellent match. To a young man, each ASSIST exchange student has been a scholar and a contributing member of our community. Moreover, the diversity of talents expressed by ASSIST students has enriched St. Mark’s life in immeasurable ways. Through ASSIST, our students and faculty have developed a greater appreciation for the shrunken globe while developing relationships that will endure. We could not be more pleased."
 

Vance Wilson, Headmaster, St. Albans School (DC)

“For the past ten years, the ASSIST program has allowed St. Albans to welcome an outstanding group of diverse young men who have contributed enormously to our community. To a person, the ASSIST scholars have been talented, energetic, and warm, and each has fully integrated himself into our community in his own, distinct way: starting an international club, dominating on the math team, and debating American politics late at night in the dorm. While we hope they have grown from being with us, we know our community has been enriched many times over in return. We’ve been especially heartened by the long-lasting relationships the students have formed, and we are always excited to hear reports of traveling St. Albans students’ visits with their ASSIST brethren. ASSIST has fostered the type of deep understanding teachers desire for all international exchanges.”

Robert Hershey, Headmaster Emeritus, Episcopal High School (VA)

"Our ASSIST Scholars have made a tremendous impact on the life of our school and the way our students view the world. They arrive intent on making the most of every experience and depart having left an impressive mark on our school community. They are serious students and significant contributors…. They exhibit the very qualities we hope to instill in all of our students: courage, open-mindedness, resilience, curiosity and compassion."

Daniel T. Roach, Jr., Headmaster, St. Andrew's School (DE)

"Each and every year, St. Andrew's welcomes an ASSIST student to our community, and each and every year at graduation, we realize that the School has been transformed and enriched by the spirit, grace and intelligence of these students. Those of us who have been affiliated with ASSIST have always known that America and American schools need international students to contribute to the diversity of their communities. ASSIST students learn so much and enjoy their year away with us. But we learn so much more."