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St. George’s location by the ocean and our long-lived school traditions afford opportunities unlike any other boarding school.
Private School on U.S East Coast in New England Boasts Views of the Atlantic Ocean
St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island (near Newport, on the East Coast of the USA), is a private, coeducational boarding and day school. As one of the top college-preparatory schools in America, St. George’s offers rigorous academics along with a variety of signature programs, including a “school at sea” experience aboard Geronimo, its 70-foot cutter.
Founded in 1896 by the Rev. John Byron Diman as an independent, Episcopal boarding school in New England, the school now hosts a diverse group of more than 370 students in grades 9-12 from across the globe. The school is located on a hilltop, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
St. George’s academic program features 115 courses in the arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), humanities (English, history and religion), language and culture studies, and Connected Learning, which combines students’ personal interests with programmatic opportunities that link their work to the greater world.
The school’s afternoon activities program allows students to engage in meaningful activities of their choice within the themes “Play. Serve. Create.” Competitive athletes as well as those seeking to try a new sport may choose from 15 interscholastic teams, ranging from sailing and squash to basketball and ice hockey. Service-minded students may pursue community outreach projects with local nonprofit organizations. And students with strong interests in the arts may join the theater group or pursue creative projects.
Top Rated Coeducational College-Preparatory School In New England
Several organizations have ranked St. George's School as one of the best boarding schools in the USA, while Private School Review reports that St. George's School offers the most Advanced courses of any boarding school in the New England region.
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What Makes St. George's School So Unique?
Through the school’s connected-learning programs, students become ready to contend with the ever-changing landscape of the 21st century. These courses leverage passions, relationships, and the networked world to build the skills necessary to bring positive change to the planet. The department forges connections outside the classroom through continuous engagement with our surrounding environment, service-learning experiences, and curriculum-driven travel opportunities.
Global Studies and Exchanges
Exposure to new ideas and experiences through St. George’s Global Studies Seminar, its Global Cultural Initiatives Program (GCIP) exchanges, and study abroad opportunities help students grow into independent thinkers with an appreciation and respect for diverse cultures throughout the world.
The Global Studies Seminar is a yearlong elective course that focuses on the global forces that connect our world. Sixth-formers selected for the seminar spend a portion of the year conducting research on topics that range from geography to economics before traveling to countries such as Senegal, Iceland, Dominican Republic, Panama and Poland to continue their investigations first-hand. Upon their return, students compile their findings to share with the community during St. George’s Global Week. The opportunity to conduct in-depth research, travel abroad and present their work gives our students a global lens on the challenges that face our world.
The GCIP program partners hands-on experience with a strong cultural-awareness component. While living with a host family in London, Madrid, or Paris, students participate in dynamic three-week internships, which have included conducting scientific research at the famed Curie Institute in Paris, learning about the hospitality industry at a hotel in Madrid, and seeing global economics from a different perspective at a financial firm in London.
St. George’s students interested in a yearlong global study experience also have participated in School Year Abroad, a program that sends students to live with a host family and attend school in China, France, Italy or Spain. In addition, St. George’s enjoys partner relationships with forward-thinking schools across the globe. From our sister school in Shanghai, China, YK Pao, to VERSLO, the commercial college of Iceland, our partners share our passion for taking learning to the next level. When three students from South Africa visited St. George’s recently, they fully immersed themselves in life on the Hilltop (and for a time we got a pretty good football player who had only played rugby up until then). Likewise, students who travel to our partner schools, which also include King’s Academy in Madaba-Manja, Jordan, and Universal Promise in South Africa, come back with lifelong memories — and new international friends and connections.
The Rogers Scholars Program
This four-day program runs each year during the spring, and is funded by the William S. R. Rogers Endowment for Public Policy Studies.
Foster a Unique Understanding
Rogers Scholars typically get exclusive access to sites such as the White House, the Pentagon and U.S. Armed Services offices, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Engage with Key Stakeholders
The mission of the program is to give students a fully immersive experience in Washington, D.C., meeting federal lawmakers, policy experts, fundraisers, senior advisors, pollsters, campaign strategists, and lobbyists. Students have access to bipartisan speakers in the fields of health care, strategic communications, technology, military policy, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, telecommunications, and online reputation management.
Connect the Dots
Scholars experience how public policy and politics interact, overlap, and affect our lives on a daily basis. Their experiences and interests oftentimes spark a lasting interest and encourage exploration in government service and/or policy.
Through sailing excursions on the high seas that range from four weeks to six, St. George’s students may discover the joys and challenges of life aboard a 70-foot cutter.
A School at Sea
The Geronimo Program is multidimensional — combining a strong curricular component and cultural immersion with the development of skills in sailing, leadership, and teamwork.