US Schools sell space to International Students

Across the US public high schools in struggling small towns are putting their empty classroom seats up for sale to foreign students.
In Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Maine and New York, administrators are recruiting international students.
For the school it means extra income, while the pupils experience a year in an American school and a chance of admission to a US college.

Nestled in the middle of the Adirondack Mountains, Newcomb Central School is located in one of the least densely populated regions in the country. A five-hour drive from New York City, the region offers spectacular scenery and sublime solitude.
It is to this overwhelmingly white town of just 400 that students from around the globe are coming.
School principal Skip Hults was one of the first administrators to recruit from abroad.
"We were facing under-enrolment with 55 students in a building that holds 350. We were a dying school district. You can't have a classroom when you have a class of one," he says.
"In the words of my daughter, we were just 'so vanilla'. The school had no racial diversity and our kids were not prepared for a globalised world - so we decided to bring in international students."


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