Since 2003, Academy of Holy Angels has welcomed international students from around the world by intentionally attracting students from outside the United States. Currently, 49 students from six countries attend AHA. Just as the number of international students has grown, so too have the multicultural programs and services that are offered to all AHA students. The benefits have been far reaching: not only for our international students, as we prepare them for university studies and for life, but for our entire AHA community of staff, students and families.
As part of our long term vision, and as a way of providing the best university preparatory programs for all students, AHA is committed to increasing the enrollment of international students.
Chinese student Zijun Zhang '17 has been involved in multiple activities at AHA, including trapshooting, theater and the Basketball team. He shared his experience with us regarding AHA teachers, getting involved and where he sees himself in 5 years. Read more.
"Without knowing a single word of Chinese, I had moved to Beijing my senior year of College," Jimmy Tobyne '03, AHA's 2015 Rising Star Young Alumni award winner told AHA students during a special convocation on Friday, November 20th, 2015. "Everything I've done since then has been because of what I learned on that trip."
One of our senior students from China was moved to make a difference, working with one of our social studies teachers, Dave Marshak. Here is their story:
"I want to share a special project that one of our Chinese students has undertaken with me. Inspired by the convocation earlier this year, and motivated by lessons learned so far in Economics, Shuxin Yang has taken it upon herself to work with me on a social media education program aimed at the Chinese ivory market! This is... really cool!! We are sharing images via social media with an anti-ivory message, and Shuxin is translating them into Chinese! I am very proud of her. This is the generation that will save elephants and rhinos, or not, especially in China. She is an AHA hero!!!
Check out David J. Marshak Wildlife Photography on Facebook for their posts!
It has become an annual tradition for AHA to host Chinese New Year dinner! Attendees include our students, faculty, staff, host families and friends.
The students lead a dumpling making station and watch the annual Chinese New Year's television broadcast/variety show throughout the celebration.
Click here to see a video of the evening's celebration, created by Cindy Gu '14.
All AHA staff and students wear red to celebrate the Chinese New Year!
This year's Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Thursday, 2/19. It's the year of the goat, and we'll be celebrating with food, games, music and fun. Our Mandarin teacher and her classes have been planning the event. Click here for our invitation.
Service to our school and our community is part of the Holy Angels mission, and over Easter weekend, 13 of our international students spent their day off volunteering at Arc Village here in Richfield. They helped to raise $3,300 for their efforts and afterwards, enjoyed bowling at the Mall of America. Enjoy pictures of their work and their play!
Gu Xingdi "Cindy", Class of 2014, had the opportunity to introduce a news item on local news station, FOX 9, as part of her senior job shadowing project. Click here to see Cindy's debut on the 5 p.m. news She experienced first hand behind the scenes production and in front of the camera news reporting. She will be attending New York University in the fall, 2014 to study Business/Music. Cindy is one of 11 graduating international students from China, Korea, Colombia, Vietnam, Norway and Venezuela.
In March 2013, the Academy of Holy Angels launched our EPIC International Program. EPIC is our way of expanding our commitment to multicultural programs. An explanation of EPIC is below.
EPIC offers specific benefits to all AHA students. They include:
EPIC offers language and university preparatory services to international students
As part of our expanded program, the Academy of Holy Angels is pleased to provide the following services to students from outside the US:
During the last decade, AHA has worked with exceptional international programs to ensure a high-quality experience and a smooth transition for students who are traveling far from home to attend AHA.
AHA international student steering committee (ISSC) oversees our international program
AHA’s international student steering committee of teachers and administrators works diligently to develop plans to meet the academic, social, and cultural needs of our foreign students not only when they first arrive in the US, but also during their time at Holy Angels. AHA is committed to providing international students with a rich and positive learning experience in the classroom and in the community. In addition, the steering committee plans programming and activities for AHA students which enhance their understanding of culture and global issues.
Home stay opportunities for international students
An important element of every international student’s experience in the US is where that student will live. AHA international students in the EPIC program live with “home stay” families in the nearby community. Sometimes students live with relatives in the metro area and other times agencies that bring international students to Minnesota identify a home stay. AHA cannot guarantee a homestay placement so the responsibility rests with the students and their agents and their local coordinators to find a suitable home stay arrangement.
AHA sees this expanded international program as closely aligned with our mission to help all students from all backgrounds and cultures to reach their God-given potential. As a Catholic high school founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ), we have always valued diversity and aimed at educating and nurturing a diverse student population. Throughout their history, the CSJs have been devoted to meeting the needs of the times, and one of today’s most critical needs is to provide opportunities for future leaders to engage in global education and awareness and deeper cultural understanding.
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