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Unprecedented disruption to post-secondary plans creates opportunities

Unconventional times call for innovative measures, and an unprecedented disruption to post-secondary plans for students worldwide has also created opportunities to become more competitive. 

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Laurel Springs offers one such opportunity: a gap year with purpose

For international students who are interested in pursuing higher education in the US, but who may choose to postpone their plans due to either the Covid-19 crisis or a desire to strengthen their academic records, the postgraduate program at Laurel Springs School – an accredited online school in the US – offers one such opportunity: a gap year with purpose. 

“As students around the world grapple with uncertainty around their post-secondary options, a simple shift in perspective can help”

The benefits of the postgraduate program or academic gap year are great. Taking high-level courses based in the US can help students acclimate to the pace and expectations of colleges and universities in the country, preparing them for success in their collegiate careers and beyond. 

Postgraduate study at Laurel Springs comprises three key elements:

Expert College Counseling

The postgraduate program at Laurel Springs embraces a deeply individualised approach to learning, which includes counselling outcomes that align with each student’s academic, extracurricular, and postgraduate goals.

College counsellors have an extensive background in admissions and foster strong relationships with students, ultimately helping them discover and further develop who they want to be and what they want to do.

Dual Enrollment Courses

Students have the opportunity to complete dual enrollment courses through the Minerva Schools at KGI, an industry-leading innovator in science-based, online education, and other post-secondary options.

Through this partnership, we offer college-level seminars that deliberately challenge students to be agile thinkers and empower them to practise skills needed to succeed in higher education, including complex problem solving, informed decision making, and effective collaboration and communication. 

Advanced Placement (AP), Honors, Elective, and World Language Courses

Postgraduate students can take a number of AP and honors courses offered by Laurel Springs, as well as a wide range of elective courses, including those with a visual and performing arts focus.

Postgraduate students can also enroll in immersive world language courses through the school’s partnership with LanguageBird, a premier online world language program offering expert one-on-one instruction.

In addition to the academic merits of the postgraduate program, students also have access to internship opportunities through a partnership between Laurel Springs and Virtual Internships, an organisation that collaborates with more than 3,000 companies around the world.

By gaining real-world experience and insight into a career of their choosing, Postgraduate students can forge a clear path to university-level study that is tailored to their specific ambitions and goals. 

As students around the world grapple with uncertainty around their post-secondary options, a simple shift in perspective can help: how can they continue to develop and grow as learners in these unique circumstances?

The postgraduate program at Laurel Springs is an excellent opportunity to pursue an academic gap year with purpose, and ultimately build a strong foundation for success in college and beyond. 

Aaron Mitich serves as Director of Partnership Development at Laurel Springs School. Aaron’s extensive experience in designing, managing, and growing global programs, opportunities, and partnerships aligns with the fully accredited private online school’s mission to enrich students academically and personally as well as build an international community.

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