The Clinton Community School District is pleased to announce a joint educational opportunity with the Confucius International Education Group (CIEG). For the 2018-19 school year, approximately 72 Chinese international students ranging from freshmen to juniors will live at the old Ashford dormitories and receive their educations through Clinton High School.
There has been a lot of planning to ensure that this is a positive experience for everyone involved. The planning has ranged from staffing, use of the Ashford campus including state of the art STEM classrooms, cultural integration activities, community and staff information meetings, joint use of resources by Clinton Community Schools and CIEG, transportation needs and perhaps using the city busing service, and so on. We are planning on parent meetings on March 7 at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Clinton High School’s Vernon Theater to provide information and answer questions directly related to high school students. As for the community information piece, CIEG and the Clinton Community School District are planning an information meeting and open house on Sunday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Durgin Educational Center at the Ashford campus. We strongly encourage you to come to any and all of these meetings and have your questions answered.
Personally, the educational upside of increasing our students’ personal background by experiencing diversity first-hand is beyond my wildest dreams. Throughout my educational career, I have witnessed the power of foreign exchange programs and the lastly relationships that have been built that stand the test of time. I believe the relationship between Clinton Schools and CIEG will multiply that positive effect many times over. The six principles of the Confucius educational philosophy, especially the emphasis on leadership and personal responsibility will make the Clinton School District reflect on our efforts to instill these values in all students.