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SMG FAQ’s

Where are your programs located?

Here at SMG, we have schools located in almost every state in the United States. We also have schools in five provinces of Canada, as well as our new Online High School Program.

The MacDuffie School
DMD – Private High School Program
ESI – Public High School Program
SMG Canada
Franklin Virtual High School International

How much does an exchange program cost?

The cost of an exchange program varies from program to program. For more information, contact the director of the program you are interested in.

The MacDuffie School
DMD – Private High School Program
ESI – Public High School Program
SMG Canada
Franklin Virtual High School International

How can I apply to one of your programs?

If you are interested in one of our programs, contact your local international representative. If you do not have that information, contact the director of the program you are interested in, and they will forward you the necessary contact information.

Canada FAQ’s

How old does a student have to be to apply?

Our Canadian Academic Program accepts from age 11 to age 19.

What types of programs are offered?

We offer a semester, academic year, and calendar year programs. We also will work with students who are interested in short term programs.

When is the application deadline?

The Canadian Academic Program offers rolling admission. However, we do recommend getting applications in early, as some districts fill up quickly.

What level of English proficiency is required?

Students can apply with little to no English skills. Each of our school districts has an ESL program.

What kind of housing does the Canadian Program Offer?

Students in the Canadian Program live with host families. Our program allows students to request what type of host family they would like to live with. If you want a pet, a brother, or a sister, we can find the host family for you.

What winter sports does Canada Offer?

Here in Canada, students are able to enjoy every winter sport imaginable. Other than world class skiing and snowboarding, students can take part in hockey, cross country skiing, and much more.

Public High School FAQ’s

How old does a student have to be to apply?

Students applying to the Public High School Program must be between the ages of 14 and 18.

What types of programs are offered?

We offer a semester, academic year, and calendar year programs.

When is the application deadline?

The Public High School Program offers rolling admission. However, we do recommend getting applications in early, as some districts fill up quickly.

Where are your districts located?

Our program has 50 districts to choose from, scattered throughout the United States and near many major cities.

MacDuffie FAQ’s

How can I apply to MacDuffie? Is the application online?

Yes, the application is online at Macduffie.org.  Once completed, simply pay the $100 application fee and submit.

What is the deadline?

The first-round deadline is February 15.  After that date, we accept applications on a rolling admission basis.

Do you accept students for just one semester?

Yes.

Is English testing required and if so, what tests will you accept?

Most students submit a TOEFL, but we accept all types of English testing including the IELTS, SSAT, SLEP, and others.

Is an interview required?

Yes.  If the student cannot come to campus, the interview is done in Skype.

What grades are offered at The MacDuffie School?

The MacDuffie School teaches students from grades 6 to 12.

Can I receive a diploma from The MacDuffie School?

Yes. The MacDuffie School offers two diplomas. Our traditional diploma can be obtained my fulfilling the standard MacDuffie curriculum.  The MacDuffie International Diploma allows students who do not meet our standards in language or credit distribution to still obtain a valuable MacDuffie education.

Can I still attend MacDuffie with lower levels English ability?

Yes. Here at MacDuffie, we offer programs to help students with lower levels of English ability.

Private High School FAQ’s

How many schools do you work with?

Our Private School Program consists of nearly 100 schools!

What cities are they located in?

We have schools located throughout the country. From big cities like New York, to small cities like Green Bay, we have a school in the city for you.

Can students stay for 3 months?

Some of our schools do allow students to for a 3 month program. Contact us for a list of schools that offer this.

Can students stay in their own host families?

Yes, staying with your own host family is possible.

Do your schools offer AP classes?

The majority of the schools in our program do offer Advanced Placement classes.

Do your schools offer IB Program? (International Baccalaureate)

Many schools do offer an IB Program, if that is what a student needs. Contact us for a list of schools that offer this.

Can you get a diploma in one year?

Certain schools do offer diplomas after one year of enrollment. It is more common, however, for two years to be required.

Can 8th graders apply?

Certain schools do allow for 8th grade enrollment. Contact us for a list of schools that offer this.

Franklin FAQ’s

How does online education work?

Online education allows students to study from anywhere and anytime. Just like in a traditional classroom, online classes are lesson based and will require students to show and mastery of the content by taking quizzes and tests at the end of the lessons.  Our lessons are prerecorded and are streaming so that students can attend and take classes whenever they want. However, just like in a traditional school we have teachers and counselors available to assist students with questions about their studies. Our teachers and counselors can be reached almost 24 hours a day through chat, email and by phone.

How long does each class take to complete?

Online education allows students to attend and take classes at their own pace. In fact, it is much more similar to the traditional style of education than most people may think. However, with online education students are not limited to the time constraints of the traditional classroom. With online learning, students are able to study ahead and gain forward progress in classes much more easily. For instance, the traditional class takes 18 1/2 weeks to complete. At Franklin, we set the 18 1/2 week mark as a standard. However, the average Franklin student completes a course in 12 to 16 weeks.

Can students graduate from Franklin?

Yes, Franklin Virtual High School is a fully accredited high school. Having this accreditation allows students to graduate and transition to the U.S. University system just like they would with any other traditional high school.

Can students transfer credits from Franklin to other schools?

Yes, many of our students attend Franklin for the purposes of supplementing the credits needed for their traditional high school. We often find our exchange students lacking credits and the time to complete the necessary classes for their schools. Franklin allows them the flexibility of taking classes while attending their traditional high schools.

DASH FAQ’s

What is the difference between the F-1 Private High School Program and DASH?

The F-1 Private High School Program allows students to select the specific school in which they want to study. The DASH Program is a non-choice program. Once students are accepted into the program, DASH staff will place a student in a school where they believe the student will be most successful.

Where are DASH schools located?

DASH schools are located throughout the United States.

What types of schools are offered in the DASH program?

DASH offers students outstanding private high schools. While students cannot choose a specific school, they are guaranteed an elite experience.

All high schools will have a minimum of 200 students enrolled in grades 9-12.

What academic programs are offered in DASH?

Students can apply for either a semester or academic year program.

Can a student study for multiple years in the program?

Yes, students are able to study for multiple years like in the F-1 Private High School Program.

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