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Academic English and Cultural Immersion Program (AECIP)

2017 - 2018 Apply OnlineApply on Paper

While American educational systems are quite diverse, top-level secondary schools and undergraduate programs in the US have an academic culture in common, which is based on a highly interactive, inquiry-driven approach to learning. In these schools, students are expected to:

  • Question the material they study
  • Approach complex, interdisciplinary problems with confidence
  • Collaborate effectively with their peers on group projects
  • Seek and develop mentoring relationships with teachers
  • Communicate what they have learned in a variety of written and spoken formats

To meet these expectations, international students must go beyond conversational proficiency in English; they need to develop functional fluency, using English as their primary academic language in complex writing and speaking situations. With this fluency comes the confidence to work alongside native speakers of English and to take an active approach in maximizing the educational opportunities presented by elite schools.

AECIP is specifically designed to develop functional fluency in international students and our rigorous and interactive academic culture helps students prepare for what they will encounter in the best American schools. AECIP is a nine month-long course of studies designed for 8th graders planning to attend American upper schools. The curriculum combines core American Studies, Academic English, STEM and Arts/Music/Physical Education courses.

CURRICULUM

American Studies
An intensive interdisciplinary study of core themes in American History and Literature. Students will learn to cultivate investigation, communication and expression techniques they will experience in elite US education systems. These studies coupled with weekly cultural discovery trips will provide opportunities for in-depth exploration of American Culture. This core course, taken by all students, meets daily. 

Academic English
A group of courses taught exclusively by native speakers. Courses range from vocabulary development, academic speaking and listening skills, writing, grammar and research techniques. Students are placed into small groups that correspond to their ability level so that their specific needs are addressed. There is ample opportunity for practice and interactive learning.

STEM (Science, Technology, English, Math)
American middle school level math and science courses designed specifically for international students. The course enables students to acquire STEM vocabulary and interactive, lab-based learning necessary to succeed in rigorous American upper schools.

Arts/Music/Physical Education
One of the key advantages of AECIP is that it can draw from resources of Lexington Christian Academy, an accredited New England college prep school. Students in AECIP will have opportunities to participate in vibrant Arts, Music and Physical Education courses mingling with domestic American students of LCA. This will allow AECIP students meaningful, real-life experience of practicing their newly acquired English skills. LCA’s main campus boasts a state-of-the-art performance center and a new fitness center staffed with a full time professional trainer. An integral part of balanced American education is participation in these extracurricular activities.

Graduates from AECIP will be well prepared to take advantage of enrichment opportunities US upper schools provide in Arts/Music/Sports disciplinesAdmission to AECIP has a priority deadline of May 1st plus some limited seats available on a monthly rolling basis.

OUR TEACHERS

All LPS teachers are native speakers of English. Many have lived and taught in international environments as well as within the U.S., giving them special insight into the experiences of international students. They hold advanced professional degrees from elite US universities including Harvard, Boston College and the University of Texas.

TYPICAL WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

8:00-8:50

Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Test

Field Work / Trips

9:00-9:50

English Language

English Language

English Language

English Language

English Language

Field Work / Trips

10:00-10:50

American Studies

American Studies

American Studies

American Studies

American Studies

Field Work / Trips

11:00-11:50

Math

Math

Study Hall

Math

Math

Field Work / Trips

12:00-12:30

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:30-1:00

Open

Open

Open

Open

Open

Open

1:00-1:50

Science

Science

Academics

Science

Science

Sports / Games

2:00-2:50

Club/Arts/Music/PE at LCA Main Campus

Sports / Games

3:00-3:30

Snack Time

3:30-4:20

English Language

English Language

English Language

English Language

English Language

Test

Sports / Games

4:30-5:30

Free Time

Sports / Games

5:30-6:30

Dinner

6:30-8:30

Study Hall

8:30-9:00

Free Time

9:00-9:30

Shower & Prep for Bed

9:30

Lights Out

HOW TO APPLY

  • Supporting documents:
    Students should obtain and send the following documents:

  • Interview
    • Interviews may be conducted in-person or via Skype
    • Please email aecip@lca.edu to schedule your interview
    • We are unable to accommodate interviews and tours without a prior appointment.

UPON ENROLLMENT

  • Once LCA has received a signed copy of your Enrollment Contract and required deposit, you will receive instructions on how to begin the I-20 application process.
  • An English placement test will be required in order for us to place students in appropriate small group.

TUITION

$63,750

CHECKLIST

  • Please apply by May 1st to meet the priority deadline for the AECIP program. All checklist items must be completed by this date. After May 1st, limited seats available on a monthly rolling basis
  • Send supporting documents (Teacher Recommendation, financial documents)
  • Schedule interview
  • After enrollment, begin I-20 process
  • English Placement Test

CONTACT

Email: aecip@lca.edu
Phone: 781 – 862 – 7850  ext. 351
Fax: 781 – 863 – 8503