What Makes Riverstone Special for International Students
- An internationally recognized academic program
- Discussion-oriented classes
- A small school culture where teachers support, encourage and know students well
- Personalized college counseling
- Outdoor education
- A northwestern U.S. town that is safe and welcoming
- New facilities for boarding students
- Host families for J1 exchange students
An Internationally-Recognized Curriculum: The International Baccalaureate Programme
Riverstone International School is authorized to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate programmes. Students in grades 9–10 enroll in the Middle Years Programme. To complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, they must attend Riverstone for both grade 11 and 12. Only students with previous IB experience may apply for grade 12.
The Diploma Programme is considered excellent preparation for college.
The Big Benefits of a Small School Culture and Discussion-Oriented Classes
We are a small school with students from preschool through high school. Our high school classes typically have fewer than 20 students. As a result, our students can participate in discussions and activities that only small classes and excellent teachers make possible. We seek out—and respect—students’ opinions and perspectives that help create a meaningful learning environment.
Making lifelong friends at Riverstone only takes a short while if you are open to meeting new people. Many of our international students return to Boise to visit friends and teachers after their time here is over—and many of our local students visit their international classmates when they travel abroad.
Our school community includes representation from more than 45 countries.
Being Part of a Family
International students studying on an F1 student visa will live in our boarding community in downtown Boise. Our dorm parents will assist students with transitioning to a new school, new friends, and a new city.
College Counseling to Guide You
Many international students attend high school in the U.S. with the hopes of continuing their college education in the U.S. Our students, both local and international, receive a great deal of attention and advice from our college counselor. One hundred percent of Riverstone graduates are accepted into colleges worldwide.
Exploring the mountains and canyons of Idaho is part of every student’s education at Riverstone. For many international students, carrying a backpack or sleeping in a tent are new experiences. Our Outdoor Education Coordinator and experienced students are always happy to answer questions, encourage classmates, loan equipment, or simply lend a hand.
A Safe Place to Live and Study: Boise, Idaho
Boise is considered one of the best-kept secrets of the Pacific Northwest and a very safe place for your student to attend school.
What International Students Say About Riverstone
Please watch our video featuring Beka S. from Kazakhstan as he speaks about his experience as a boarding student at Riverstone International School.