BLUE HILL — It takes a global village to develop a thriving international high school program, which is what George Stevens Academy has accomplished.
Now in its sixth year, GSA’s program is developing a reputation for rigorous academics in a safe, clean, friendly environment.
The International Student Program started in 2006 with six students. This year there are 42, 39 of whom are from China. The others are from Thailand, Japan and France.
Parents are sending their children to GSA to gain a greater understanding of the world.
“I think parents are committed to having their child culturally fluent,” said GSA Headmaster Paul B. Perkinson. “There’s a reason China is the longest operating civilization — China has always played the long game.”
Perkinson and the school’s dean of cultural relations, Polly Monroe, recently spent 17 days in China, specifically in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen and Nanjing, to meet with parents of international students.
Perkinson said he always asks parents how they think their children are doing and what they want their children to experience.
One father, who is in the shipping industry in southern China, told Perkinson, “I see in America something we don’t have. I don’t know what it is, but I want my daughter to find out.”