By Leslie Schneider. Board Member, Encinitas Union School District
Encinitas Union is now officially partnered with China educational exchange partner American International Academy.
Two EUSD schools have already hosted students from China: El Camino Creek and La Costa Heights, and soon Mission Estancia and Ocean Knoll will do the same.
I brought this program to our district because we had nothing like it in place and it is a perfect extension of our world-citizen mind set. AIA partners with school districts in China to match them with American districts to share educational opportunities with both teachers and K-12 students. In addition to China, AIA has partnerships in Spain which is a natural fit for our Dual Language Immersion schools.
In November, AIA generously hosted (at no cost) Principals Christie Kay and Jodi Greenberger as well as Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services Angelica Lopez on a week-long trip to China to meet Chinese school officials and tour potential partner campuses.
EUSD host families and host schools earn funding that can either be used to sponsor EUSD students on a trip to China or used for other school initiatives.
Over Spring Break 2019, EUSD families will have the opportunity to send students and adult chaperones on an organized trip to China.
Learn more about the program here and talk to your EUSD Principal if you are interested in becoming involved as a host family or a visitor to China through this excellent program.
Contact Leslie at Leslie.Schneider@EUSD.net