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January 2 – February 10

– Click for Winter Camp Enrollment Process & Forms

Mount Bell Academy offers a six-week long Winter Camp Program for International students who wish to experience America and improve their English language skills. We are a college preparatory high school and international school in the heart of Silicon Valley and just minutes from the new Apple company complex in Sunnyvale. Mount Bell Academy’s location in this affluent section of Santa Clara county affords our visiting students a safe and comfortable environment plus many opportunities for academic and cultural experiences. Mount Bell Academy’s International School Program promotes co-educational experiences between our local and international school students. In this way students are able to learn, grow and benefit together from this cultural exchange.

Academic Classes & Activities

 
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English Language Learning

 
This program offers three hours of comprehensive English studies per day, designed to develop the following skills:
– English Conversation
– Pronunciation
– Reading
– Vocabulary & Grammar
– Writing

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Afternoon Classes

 
This program also offers special interest classes and fun electives during the afternoon hours such as music, art, sports and a second language where students even in the ESL program co-mingle with local students

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Tutoring & Activities

 
In the evening students return to their host dorm for evening activities and tutoring sessions. Students will be offered the opportunity to practice their English, participate in cultural exchange experiences or receive tutoring in an academic subject.

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Students with Advanced English Proficiency

We will test each student’s English proficiency to determine if the student is able to be completely immersed in our college preparatory program alongside Mount Bell Academy’s local students. Those students who have sufficient proficiency can bypass the ESL intensive morning schedule and join our local students in their classes as part of our Total Immersion Program.
 

Daily Schedule

Time

Activity

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8:15-8:45

Breakfast

9:00-12:00

English Language Learning or Total Immersion Program

12:00

Lunch

12:45-3:45

Afternoon Classes (co-education with local students)

4:00-6:00

Tutoring & Evening Activities

6:00-7:00

Dinner

7:00-10:00

Residential Activities

10:00

Lights Out

 

Field Trips & Excursions

 
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Mount Bell Academy’s Winter Program offers many learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Balancing classroom study with field trips is an important aspect of our Winter Program. Our students love discovering beautiful Northern California through activities around the Silicon Valley area and beyond. We are conveniently located near to the new state-of-the-art Apple Complex as well as other famous Silicon Valley businesses and landmarks. Some of the activities students may participate in include:

  • City of San Francisco
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Stanford University Tour
  • Major Football game
  • Shopping
  • San Jose Tech Museum
  • Santa Clara University
  • Apple, Facebook, Google
  • Exploratorium
  • San Francisco Tour
  • Amusement Parks
  • Museums
  • Shopping
  • Movies & Plays
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Aquariums, Zoos, Nature Walks
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Alcatraz

Tuition & Fees

$5,500 covers everything but airfare! For only $5,500 all program expenses such as food, housing, tuition, books , classroom materials and fieldtrips are provided for!
 

Housing

Mount Bell Academy is partnered with Global Services International to provide Host Dorm Services in an affluent and safe area near to campus. Students will be under the supervision of Host Dorm Supervisors who reside onsite. With the guidance of the Host Dorm Supervisors, students learn to make the adjustments necessary for communal living. Living closely with others can be an amazingly rewarding experience. For students who will soon be faced with the responsibility and independence of a boarding school or college life, a winter of living in the Host Dorm provides ample opportunity for developing needed skills such as self-discipline, time management, and respect for others.

Students Traveling Alone

We understand that many students will be traveling alone. We will have Global International Services Host Dorm Representative waiting at the airport to meet and escort your child safely to the School at Mount Bell academy. These representatives will have a picture of your child to assist in easy identification. We will provide each student with a cell phone number and name of the person who will be greeting him or her at the airport. When your child arrives at Mount Bell Academy, we encourage students to contact their parents via email or telephone to confirm their safe arrival. Also, at the time of registration, you will have to make full payment if you have not done so already.

Who Should Attend this Program?

This program is open to all students’ ages 12 to 16 years old who want to learn and improve their English skills. This program is suitable for English learners of all levels. TOEFL test scores are not required.

Participants should be ready to work hard and grow academically and emotionally. Not only do students improve their English, but by experiencing America and American culture, students learn how to become responsible global citizens.

We invite students from all countries to attend our school’s Winter Program. Mount Bell Academy encourages diversity and understanding. We expect all participants to behave in a respectful and courteous manner towards others regardless of appearance, ethnicity, gender, identity or disability. We believe in the rights and dignity of all beings and expect our students to adhere to this philosophy while they are guests at our school and homes.

We are excited to open our hearts and homes to you and share with you beautiful California, the ultimate American Dream!   Please come join us as we learn about each other’s culture and you learn English!