Private schools seeking students from China

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(KTSF by Jo Wan)

Faced with declining enrollments and shrinking revenues, private and religious based schools are seeking students from overseas, particularly China, to attend their high schools.

Roger Wise, dean of the Orinda Academy went to Beijing and Shanghai with an educational agency last March to recruit Chinese students and says it’s a growing trend. Pan and Hu are the only two Chinese students from mainland China attending Orinda Academy. With 1:9-teacher and student ratio, both of them are improving their English rapidly. However, the price to attend private schools here is not cheap with each student paying over $50,000 in tuition and living expenses.

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