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High School Programme in Ireland – State or Private School

Ireland has an excellent education system and is characterised by creativity, flexibility and informality. Irish people are renowned for their friendliness and hospitality which greatly contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to student life in Ireland.

From one term to one year or until you finish your education

We place students in a wide range of high schools throughout Ireland, all of which are registered with and inspected by the Department of Education and Science.

 

Requirements

  • Ages: between 12 and 18
  • English language level: Intermediate (equivalent to TOEFL 450, IELTS 4.5 or Cambridge First Certificate)
  • Entry dates: September, January

 

Three options of High School in Ireland:

1. Public/State Day School + Host Family

• Available for EU citizens only

• Mostly located in Dublin or surrounding areas

• Local host families located close to school

• Single gender/Co-educational

2. Private Day School + Host Family

• Privately owned & available for all students

• Excellent reputation & smaller class sizes

• Wider range of extra-curricular activities such as sports, music & clubs

• Located all around Ireland

3. Private Boarding School

• Boarding School accommodation with Irish students

• Excellent facilities & pastoral care on-site

• Host family accommodation provided during official mid-term breaks and exit weekends

• Outstanding academic results

 

Accommodation

High School students may choose a boarding school where they live in the school residence with other students or a day school where they live with an Irish family in homestay accommodation. We will help you to choose the most suitable option for you.

A) Boarding School Accommodation

The boarding school option gives students the opportunity to live in a caring and supportive community with their co-students and school staff, with plenty of opportunities for recreation, sport and outings. In most Irish boarding schools students sleep in dormitories which are shared with other students. In some cases, 6th year students occupy a private room.

B) Homestay Accommodation

High School students who choose to attend a day school are offered full-board host family accommodation with a local family who live close to their chosen high school. All of our families are visited to assess their suitability to host our students and all are provided with guidelines detailing their obligations and responsibilities to the young people in their care. The majority of our host families are parents themselves and many still have young children and teenagers living at home.

 

Guardianship service

A full guardianship service for international students studying the High School Programme is included. Parents are kept informed as to their child’s academic progress and general welfare at all times and can be confident that their child will receive the best possible care and attention.

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