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SRA International Students
The International Student Program at Saint Raphael Academy offers international students immersion into American culture.
Welcome to International Admissions at Saint Raphael Academy! We are pleased that you are considering applying to the Academy. You will be welcomed, challenged and inspired at Saint Raphael Academy, through smaller classes, extracurricular activities and sports. Our international program has attracted students from China, Spain and Switzerland, who live in local home-stay situations, where they improve their English language skills and become immersed in American culture.
Saint Raphael Academy is a Catholic, college-preparatory co-educational high school with a university-style campus located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The city was an important historic site during the American Industrial Revolution, and is approximately 1 hour from Boston, Massachusetts, and 3 hours from New York City. The Academy has less than 500 students and offers small classes and individualized attention for all students.
How to Apply
Saint Raphael Academy works with independent companies that assist international students with placement in private high schools.
Saint Raphael Academy partners with Three W International® to provide comprehensive international student enrollment management to students from China. Together, we are able to provide unparalleled support and service to our international students, from general admissions to post-arrival and beyond. If you are an international student interested in applying to Saint Raphael Academy, please use the contact information on this link.
Students from countries outside China and the Chinese territories must contact The Cambridge Network or contact Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).
Studying at Saint Raphael Academy
Mrs. Linda Michalczyk, International Student Coordinator
Mrs. Michalczyk oversees the international student program at Saint Raphael Academy, ensuring that students adjust well in their classes and with their host families.
Becoming a host family is a wonderful way to introduce another culture to your home. Read what some of our host families thought about their experiences. If you are interested in becoming a host family for an international student and would like more information, please contact Mrs. Michalczyk. You do not need to have a student at the Academy to become a host family.
Apply to be a host family
During the day, students will eat in one of two cafeterias on campus, which offer a selection of a la carte dining options.
Students may be able to take a school bus to the Academy, depending on where their host family lives.
Academics at Saint Raphael Academy
Saint Raphael Academy offers a rigorous curriculum that prepares our students for the university. Our students have been accepted to prestigious universities like Brown, Yale, Colby, Hamilton, Tufts, Vasser, and others. Students can earn college credit while they are high school students by taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes offered at Saint Raphael Academy:
Language & Composition
Literature & Composition
United States History
Students can also earn university credits through the Early Enrollment Program (EEP) courses through Rhode Island College:
Student Life at Saint Raphael Academy
Students have the freedom to use the art supplies in the art classroom after school to create their own original artworks.
Students present performances, design sets and provide musical accompaniment to the drama performances throughout the year. All students are welcome to join.
Future Business Leaders of America
Members compete locally and at the state level in developing leadership skills through community service projects, fundraising and chapter officer positions.
Students learn about state government through the development and presentation of legislative bills that they present at the Rhode Island statehouse with other local high schools.
Students take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses and try a hypothetical court case. Students work with the legal community and compete in actual courtrooms.
Math Team gives students who enjoy math an opportunity to compete in the Metro Division of the Rhode Island Math League. We hold weekly practices and attend at least four meets throughout the year at various schools throughout the state. The top-scoring teams in each division will compete in the state championship. All students are welcome and are encouraged to join.
Saint Raphael Academy students travel abroad each year over Spring Break. In the spring of 2017, students will travel to France. A trip to Italy is being planned for spring 2018. Students may still sign up for the trip.
Meet our International Students!
Five Minutes with Kate Z.
Question: What was it like when you first came to Saint Raphael Academy?
Kate: Saint Rays is a really good school. You feel like you’re in a family. When I first got here, everyone was really welcoming. Teachers already knew my name, and they came to me and said hi.
Q: Were you able to make friends at the Academy?
K: You have the same daily routine as a lot of other students. I know a lot of them work and do other activities after school. We do things together; we hang out together. [By being an international student], you can get closer to the culture, if you really want to.
Q: Did you join any activities when you came to the Academy?
K: Yes, I joined tennis. I feel like, when you’re with your team members, you have team spirit—[you are able] to contribute in a team, to do something for your teammates, for the coach, for everyone on the team. Everyone is very supportive.
Q: What is it like to live with a host family?
K: You have to communicate. You have different habits, a different culture and a different view on things, so it takes time to get closer with your host parents.