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The ASSIST Schools Difference

Our member schools are among the United States’ finest and most rigorous private high schools, and each is uniquely mission-driven. Their world-class academics, extracurriculars, and campus life prepare ASSIST Scholars for university study and beyond.

How ASSIST Schools Stand Apart

ASSIST is the only nonprofit international exchange organization that works exclusively with National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) member schools. This means all Scholars attend American private high schools, also called “independent or “prep” schools.

Outstanding Academics

Scholars can expect to be challenged and supported in their studies.

  • Coursework that prepares students for university study
  • Academically challenging Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses
  • Small, seminar-style classes – typically less than 15 students
  • Dedicated, well-educated faculty devoted to the growth of each student

Extensive Extracurriculars

Getting involved outside the classroom is a vital part of the ASSIST experience, and our member schools offer something for every interest.

  • Competitive, on-campus athletics
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Opportunities for community service
  • Debate and Model UN

University-Like Campuses

Scholars often compare their schools’ campuses to universities. Both boarding and day students have countless opportunities to immerse themselves in campus life.

  • State-of-the-art classrooms
  • Beautiful facilities for athletics, arts, and more
  • Student centers
  • Dining halls
  • Home-like dorms (at boarding schools)

Baia ‘23

Perkiomen School

“My words cannot describe the adventure and experience I had in the USA because of ASSIST. In Georgia, a lot of people I’ve met and had conversations with mentioned that I came back as an even more grown-up, independent, and confident individual, which is a sign of progress and self-development.”
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Caesar ‘24

Salisbury School

“This year so far has been one of the best years of my life. I have experienced a new culture, new traditions and met so many new friends.”
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Aureja ‘21

Perkiomen School

“ASSIST has inspired me to become a global citizen ... by becoming a part of the global ASSIST community, joining in on global projects as well as sharing my own culture.”
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Nina ‘24

Bryn Mawr School

“It was my dream to study abroad. I love meeting new people and learning new cultures and traditions. I really love the ASSIST community, they’re literally like my second family.”
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Lucie ‘24

Czech Republic
Gould Academy

“I am experiencing best days of my life in my ASSIST school. I am very happy with my school and I don't think there is a school that would make a better fit.”
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Petra ‘23

Phillips Academy Andover

“I am profoundly grateful for the opportunities, growth, and invaluable experiences that your gift has afforded me.”
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