HS Pathway Program
HSP, a four-week high school prep program, is the first step in CEC's unique and valuable preparation program for each of its international students. HSP gives each CEC student a significant advantage and head start among international students coming into the American educational system. HSP includes three weeks of intense classroom instruction of English, SAT/ACT and study skills, and one week of cultural travel and university visit experiences.
Goals of HSP
1. Improved English Language
Daily English classes
Taught by native, western English teachers
Practice with American style tests/assignments
Personal attention (small class sizes with teacher and aids)
2. College Entrance Exam (SAT/ACT/TOEFL) Preparation
Specialized class taught by qualified teachers
Beginning and ending measurement of academic progress
Study skills taught (organization, time management, tips for success, etc.)
3. Introduction to American Universities
Visit universities such as USC, UCLA, etc.
Interact directly with Admission offices and meet American students
Seminars on what universities expect and how to prepare for application
4. Cultural Acclimation
Live on an American university campus
Visit famous sites (Hollywood & NBA L.A. Lakers in Los Angeles, Disneyland, CA, University Studio, Betty Museum, etc.)
Visit churches with Americans to understand major world religions
5. Leadership and Life Skills
Leadership education (values, ethics and decision making) taught and practiced
Introduction to Business Principles and Entrepreneurship
Etiquette in the Western world taught and practiced
Competitions to develop aptitudes (Speech and Debate, Bridge Building, Problem Solving)
Practical life skills taught (phones, banking, laundry, etc.)
HSP includes both Core English and English Elective classes. Core English classes include focus on reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Elective English classes continue to work on improving students’ English ability while focusing on life skills and test preparations.
Life Skills Class
Teaches and practices communication skills, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, cultural awareness, proper use of technology, and leadership as well as an introduction to Western culture, American classroom practices, American family understanding, college preparation and worldviews. Students will also be taught basic Western etiquette, good financial stewardship principles, time management, and study skills. Life Skills is required for all first year students.
ACT/SAT/TOEFL Prep Classes
Students are given the opportunity to focus on preparing for important American college entrance examinations taught by experienced, professionally trained American teachers.
HSP Daily Schedule
Lunch & Rest Time
Evening Activity Options
In Rooms/ Dorm Hall
Lights Out/ Technology Off
All students will stay in modern air-conditioned dormitories on campus. Each student will have a roommate. Dorms are equipped with shared bathrooms. Boys and girls will live in separate buildings and be divided by age groups. No student is allowed in the opposite gender’s building, hallway, or rooms at any time.
All students under 18 year old, placed in a CEC school are suggested to attend HSP and gain this enormous advantage. In addition to CEC students, any international student serious about improving their English and gaining the many other benefits HSP provides are welcome to apply.
Level Placement & Testing
Students will be placed in an appropriate HSP English level based on interview assessment and iTEP SLATE Plus. CEC is an approved test center of iTEP SLATE.
Students will obtain either an F-1 visa if attending a CEC school or a B-2 visitor visa if they are attending HSP and then returning home (CEC will issue an invitation letter).
Students will travel to Los Angeles, California.
Parents are responsible for cost and arrangements for international flights to and from the U.S.
CEC will purchase and coordinate all travel domestically in the U.S. during HSP.
Students will live in modern, beautiful dormitories at the HSP host site.
Meals will be provided in the university cafeteria.
All supervisors are trained, positive role models considered among the best available in the U.S.