A small community with a global focus
In Spring of 2015, The Peak School was awarded coveted certification by the Department of Homeland Security to enroll international students. This is recognition of our distinctive academic program and allows students to obtain visas to study at Peak for one year or to matriculate until graduation.
Native Chinese and Spanish speakers will contribute much to our World Language classes, and students from any country will add tremendously to the cultural diversity of our school community. The Peak School accepts applications from international students for grades 9 – 12.
Location and Destination
Amid the snow-covered peaks just 150 kms west of Denver, the capital and cultural center of Colorado, is the small town of Frisco, home of The Peak School. Our setting is unparalleled for beauty, activity and adventure! It’s a pure, fresh Colorado Rocky Mountain experience, a charming and historic mountain community with a wholesome, small town feel at the base of a mountain and featuring a beautiful alpine 1,308 Ha lake. The people in Colorado are warm, friendly, and welcoming.
Frisco is one of the top vacation destinations in the United States, with four world-class ski mountains less than 25 minutes away. Besides being an alpine skier’s dream, winter here offers Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and ice-skating and even dogsledding. The Peak School’s winter recreation program affords the opportunity for students to participate and receive instruction in many of these activities.
The rest of year, enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fly fishing, road biking, rafting, kayaking and canoeing, tennis and golf, along with many other organized team sports. Through The Peak School’s Outdoor Education curriculum, students engage in many of these activities and participate in an all-school camping trip, a three-day winter snowshoe trip to mountain huts, and other multiple-day leadership-building and recreational outdoors experiences.
Year-round, Peak students are active in a variety of organized sports offered by local schools and clubs including soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, and ice hockey. The area boasts one of Colorado’s top Nordic teams, alpine teams, and a nationally ranked rugby team.
Besides Rocky Mountain adventure, the area is renowned for its heritage, music and arts festivals throughout the year and a burgeoning art and music scene. A short drive to Denver provides day trips filled with museums, shopping, theater and more. With its central location in the United States and an international airport, Denver is easy and convenient for visiting families.
International students live with one of our Peak School families who have a child in our Upper School program. Families are carefully screened and chosen for their desire to enhance their family life by the rich cultural exchange with a youngster from another country, and their ability to provide a caring, safe, and supportive living situation for an international student. Guest students are fully integrated in family life, enjoying weekend activities, vacation excursions, and the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in life in this beautiful part of America. As they do for their own children, host families provide all meals, a bedroom, transportation to and from school, a quiet, supportive environment to do homework assignments, and meet regularly with Peak School teachers to ensure students are making good progress in their classes.
In addition to school tuition, there is a $1200/month homestay fee for international students.
English Language Learners
All classes at The Peak School (except World Language classes) are taught in English. Outside of classes, social interactions and extracurricular activities also require proficiency with the English language.
As such, we do require international applicants, who speak English as a second language, to send in their TOFEL score. We do not have a minimum TOFEL score for admission, as we believe strongly in looking at each individual applicants strengths that they can bring to The Peak School. If you are concerned about your TOFEL scores or have questions about the test, plesase contact our admission officer Jessie Hoehn.