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CATS UK students try out high school life at CATS Academy Boston

Boarding school experienceCity guide 19 April 2018

During the Easter Holidays, students from the UK CATS Colleges visited our US College in Boston for a fantastic educational and cultural experience.

The students were given the opportunity to participate in a diverse American curriculum, and were able to choose from a wide array of subjects ranging from Physics to Human Geography. They had the chance to explore subjects they had never tried before: in particular, they loved the Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which are designed to give students the experience of a college class whilst still in high school. AP courses give students the chance to earn college credit, and to qualify for more advanced classes when they begin college.

Two of our favourite informal talks were delivered by the Principal and the Guidance Counsellor of CATS Boston. Both helped us think through the differences between applying for universities in America and the UK.

We toured Harvard, the USA’s oldest institution of higher learning, which is named after John Harvard, a former student of the University of Cambridge. We also toured Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is often ranked among the world’s top ten universities. We attended lectures at both universities in the early evenings. 

Boston is one of the oldest cities in America. We explored its history with walking tours in the heart of the city, where we saw the Old State House (pictured left), one of the oldest public buildings in the United States; and the Boston Trinity Church (pictured right). We also visited museums and took a trip to the neighbouring town of Salem, famous for the 17th century Witch Trials which inspired playwright Arthur Miller’s classic American drama “The Crucible”. The students were also able to engage in American culture: we attended an Ice Hockey game, took them bowling and to the local shopping mall. 

Author: Craig Wilson, Principal, CATS College Cambridge 

A visit to CATS Academy Boston is a great life experience which builds maturity and independence. It’s a valuable opportunity for reflection in your personal statement, to help you stand out from other applicants to top universities. Plans are already underway for a full exchange trip next year. If you are interested, please contact the activities team at your school. 

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