Echelon Academy's

INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Choose your path: Business and Finance, Law, Medicine, STEM, Global Studies, or Art.

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UNITED STATES HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT

Echelon Academy is a prestigious and exclusive private school located in the Washington DC area, partnered with select international schools. Accepted international students will choose an academic pathway and progress through the necessary United States middle school and high school courses to complete their pathway. Students receive course credit through the United States Department of Education to advance towards a United States high school diploma. Additionally, students will work with a college advisor for one-on-one instruction and guidance towards gaining admission to their university of choice where they will become successful professionals. Students will complete the program by developing a capstone project with a mentor that showcases an excellent understanding of their chosen career pathway.

Business and Finance

Students will expand their knowledge of computer information systems, entrepreneurship, economics, accounting, finance, management and marketing.

STEM

Students will combine all four aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to study in depth biochemistry, chemical engineering, computer coding, software development, civil engineering and statistics.

Law

Students will explore government and politics, criminal justice, business law, environmental law, family law and tax law.

Global Studies

Students will enhance their world view through the study of American History, Foreign Language, Global issues, international business, sociology and cultural studies. 

Medicine

Students will take on the role of a pre-med student and learn First-Aid, Psychology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics and Anatomy.

Art

Students will pursue learning through the arts including Visual Arts, Media and Communications, Broadcasting and Video Production, Photography, Graphic Design, Journalism and Web Page Design.

TRUST THE STATS

82%

of students who attended a private school in the Washington DC area were accepted to the university of their choice.

90%

of students who participate in an international education program gain employment less than 6 months after graduation

25%

increase in salary is earned by students who studied in an international educational program in the United States.

Question and Answer

FOR PARTNER SCHOOLS

Why apply to become a partner school?

Partner schools have the unique opportunity to set themselves apart from the typical learning experience offered by every other school in their communities. Only our partners can offer their students credited United States high school courses taught by American teachers, building a United States academic transcript. Holding both local and American transcripts will significantly increase a student’s chance of acceptance to top universities, internships, and jobs around the world. Our partners will increase their student enrollment and marketability to potential families by having this advantageous edge in the competitive field of education. Partner schools have the choice to integrate courses into their daily academic schedules as dual enrollment courses or as an after school academic program. 

 

Why partner with Echelon Academy?

Located in the heart of Washington DC, Echelon Academy provides your students a unique experience that encompasses all the values of a modern and progressive United States education. For over 10 years, Echelon has developed connections with government officials, business executives, and local nonprofits- providing exclusive access for our students to network with and learn from high-ranking professionals. Staffed with the best in the world, Echelon individualizes every student's pathway and offers them the academic flexibility to take courses which ensure that students achieve their goals. Your students will advance toward their career pathways through internships, research projects, and training opportunities to build confidence and present a competitive edge in the college application process and global job market. 

 

How will Echelon Academy’s International Scholars Program help your students succeed?

Being a part of Echelon Academy’s International Scholars Program is crucial in our ever-changing global society. Now, more than ever, it is necessary for students to distinguish themselves from the rest of the world in the increasingly competitive college admissions process and job market. Colleges and employers look for people who seek rigourous challenges, volunteer in their communities, and have real world experiences. Students in our program will apply to universities with their native country’s transcript and a United States transcript, demonstrating academic rigor, that they enjoy challenges and have succeeded in advanced courses. Students have the opportunity to earn a United States high school diploma through Echelon Academy’s International Scholars Program, proving to American Universities that they are ready for acceptance into higher education in the United States. Learning from American teachers exposes students to American culture and prepares students to adapt to various teaching styles in the United States. Language skills will be perfected all from the comfort of your local school or in the home. The completion of a capstone project will exemplify experiential learning, leadership, innovation, volunteer work and the creation of local and international community partnerships. This extensive combination will set students apart from other international students and showcase our students greater ambition and success compared to their American counterparts. Those who wish to enter the job market will find comfort knowing that 90% of students who participate in an international education program gain employment less than 6 months after graduation and enjoy a 25% higher starting salary.

 

Who are our instructors?

Echelon’s teaching staff is composed of certified teachers, college professors, and award winning experts in their professional fields. 

 

What is the application process to become a partner school?

Schools begin the process by submitting a partner school application. Echelon’s school partnership team will be in contact within 7 days of the application submission. 

 

How are partner schools accepted?

Echelon Academy chooses partner schools based on their commitment to students, academic standards, and interest in collaboration with an international school.

 

What is the application process for students?

Students begin the process by submitting an application form and a personal statement. Students who advance to the next round will have an interview with Echelon’s admissions team. A decision will be reached within 7 days of the interview, and sent via email.

 

How are students accepted?

Echelon Academy accepts students based on their academic ranking, English skills, and interest in pursuing an international education.

 

What is the minimum age a student can begin the program?

Students can begin taking courses with Echelon Academy at age 8.

 

Is there a minimum age to enroll in accredited high school courses?

Eligible students can begin taking high school courses at age 12. 

 

How many courses may a student be enrolled in per semester?

A student may enroll in a maximum of 3 credits per semester. 21 credits are required to earn a United States high school diploma.

 

What is required to earn a United States high school diploma?

A United States high school diploma is awarded to students who fulfill minimum enrollment, credit, and competency requirements, including four years of approved study beyond Grade 8 with a minimum of 21 credits. The 21 credits consist of 4 English credits, 3 Math Credits, 3 Science credits, 3 Social Studies Credits, 3 Elective Credits, 2 Foreign Language Credits, 1 Fine Arts Credit, 1 Technology Credit, .5 Health Credit, and .5 Physical Education Credit.

 

Can schools and students choose the schedule and times to complete their courses?

Yes, Echelon Academy works with each school and student to find a schedule that works for them to complete their courses.

 

What are the minimum requirements to complete a pathway?

Students will work with Echelon Academy to design their individual pathways. At a minimum, students must complete 4 credits worth of classes and a capstone project to complete their pathway- this must include a year long public speaking and debate course worth 1 credit. Credits will not be awarded until a student’s pathway is complete. 

 

What is a capstone project?

A capstone project is a mentor-guided two-semester project where students independently research a topic to obtain a deep understanding of their chosen pathway. Each student will check in with their capstone mentor for 30 minutes each month and will present their work to Echelon’s board of directors upon completion. 

 

Why are speech and debate courses mandatory?

Taught by national speech and debate champions, students will build foundational spoken and written English language skills to guide them towards success in the United States school system. Speech and debate combines all essential elements of mastering the English language: writing, research, logical reasoning and verbal presentation. 

 

Can a student change their pathway?

Yes, a student may change their pathway at any time. However, this may extend the time it will take a student to complete their new pathway.

What are Echelon Academy’s International Scholars Program college advising services?

Students who select to receive college advising services will be matched with a college advisor to identify a college wish list consisting of safety, stretch, and wish schools.Together, students and their advisors will create a resume for college applications, discuss and complete essay topics, complete applications, and track application documents and status until acceptance. 

Question and Answer

FOR INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES

How will Echelon Academy’s International Scholars Program help students succeed?

Being a part of Echelon Academy’s International Scholars Program is crucial in our ever-changing global society. Now, more than ever, it is necessary for students to distinguish themselves from the rest of the world in the increasingly competitive college admissions process and job market. Colleges and employers look for people who seek rigorous challenges, volunteer in their communities, and have real world experiences. Students in our program will apply to universities with their native country’s transcript and a United States transcript, demonstrating academic rigor, that they enjoy challenges and have succeeded in advanced courses. Students have the opportunity to earn a United States high school diploma through Echelon Academy’s International Scholars Program, proving to American Universities that they are ready for acceptance into higher education in the United States. Learning from American teachers exposes students to American culture and prepares students to adapt to various teaching styles in the United States. Language skills will be perfected all from the comfort of your local school or in the home. The completion of a capstone project will exemplify experiential learning, leadership, innovation, volunteer work and the creation of local and international community partnerships. This extensive combination will set students apart from other international students and showcase our students greater ambition and success compared to their American counterparts. Those who wish to enter the job market will find comfort knowing that 90% of students who participate in an international education program gain employment less than 6 months after graduation and enjoy a 25% higher starting salary.

 

Why study with Echelon Academy?

Located in the heart of Washington DC, Echelon Academy provides your student a unique experience that encompasses all the values of a modern and progressive United States education. For over 10 years, Echelon has developed connections with government officials, business executives, and local nonprofits- providing exclusive access for our students to network with and learn from high-ranking professionals. Staffed with the best in the world, Echelon individualizes every student's pathway and offers them the academic flexibility to take courses which ensure that students achieve their goals. Your students will advance toward their career pathways through internships, research projects, and training opportunities to build confidence and present a competitive edge in the college application process and global job market. 

 

Who are our instructors?

Echelon’s teaching staff is composed of certified teachers, college professors, and award winning experts in their professional fields. 

 

What is the application process for students?

Students begin the process by submitting an application form and a personal statement. Students who advance to the next round will have an interview with Echelon’s admissions team. A decision will be reached within 7 days of the interview, and sent via email.

 

How are students accepted?

Echelon Academy accepts students based on their academic ranking, English skills, and interest in pursuing an international education.

 

What is the minimum age a student can begin the program?

Students can begin taking courses with Echelon Academy at age 8.

 

Is there a minimum age to enroll in accredited high school courses?

Eligible students can begin taking high school courses at age 12. 

 

How many courses may a student be enrolled in per semester?

A student may enroll in a maximum of 3 credits per semester. 21 credits are required to earn a United States high school diploma.

 

What is required to earn a United States high school diploma?

A United States high school diploma is awarded to students who fulfill minimum enrollment, credit, and competency requirements, including four years of approved study beyond Grade 8 with a minimum of 21 credits. The 21 credits consist of 4 English credits, 3 Math Credits, 3 Science credits, 3 Social Studies Credits, 3 Elective Credits, 2 Foreign Language Credits, 1 Fine Arts Credit, 1 Technology Credit, .5 Health Credit, and .5 Physical Education Credit.

 

Can schools and students choose the schedule and times to complete their courses?

Yes, Echelon Academy works with each school and student to find a schedule that works for them to complete their courses.

 

What are the minimum requirements to complete a pathway?

Students will work with Echelon Academy to design their individual pathways. At a minimum, students must complete 4 credits worth of classes and a capstone project to complete their pathway- this must include a year long public speaking and debate course worth 1 credit. Credits will not be awarded until a student’s pathway is complete. 

 

What is a capstone project?

A capstone project is a mentor-guided two-semester project where students independently research a topic to obtain a deep understanding of their chosen pathway. Each student will check in with their capstone mentor for 30 minutes each month and will present their work to Echelon’s board of directors upon completion. 

 

Why are speech and debate courses mandatory?

Taught by national speech and debate champions, students will build foundational spoken and written English language skills to guide them towards success in the United States school system. Speech and debate combines all essential elements of mastering the English language: writing, research, logical reasoning and verbal presentation. 

 

Can a student change their pathway?

Yes, a student may change their pathway at any time. However, this may extend the time it will take a student to complete their new pathway.

 

Can a student take these courses during the school day at their home school?

Dual enrollment during their school day may be an option if your student’s school is an Echelon partner. If a student is admitted independently, courses will most likely be completed before/after school and on weekends.

 

If a student wishes to study in the United States, will these credits transfer to an American high school?

Yes, all credits earned from Echelon Academy will be 100% transferred if the student chooses to attend Echelon Academy full-time in the United States. Transfer credit acceptance to other private American high schools is dependent upon matching course descriptions. Each individual high school in the United States reserves the right to accept or deny credits. In accordance with the United States Department of Education, only high school courses receive credit. Elementary and middle school courses will be added to a students transcript, but cannot be transferred for credit.

 

Does a student need to attend a partner school to apply for the program?

No, students do not need to attend a partner school to apply. Students can apply for one of our pathway programs as an independent scholar. If a student is admitted independently, courses will most likely be completed before/after school and on weekends.

 

What are Echelon Academy’s International Scholars Program college advising services?

Students who select to receive college advising services will be matched with a college advisor to identify a college wish list consisting of safety, stretch, and wish schools.Together, students and their advisors will create a resume for college applications, discuss and complete essay topics, complete applications, and track application documents and status until acceptance. 

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Telephone

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Email

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Address

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Burtonsville, MD 20866

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NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY AS TO STUDENTS

Echelon admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.