Five Common Profiles of Postgraduate (PG) Students
Students Who Are Young For Their Grade
Many students born in the spring or summer months come to find themselves among the youngest students in their class. Often times a full year or more younger than their oldest classmates, these students are months behind in physical, social, and emotional growth. The PG year allows them a full year of social and emotional growth and puts them in a stronger position at the start of college.
For international students who want to attend an American university, spending a postgraduate year at a US boarding school provides a great opportunity for cultural and educational growth. While English fluency is required for admission to McCallie, the PG year gives many international students their first fully-immersive English experience, which provides a strong foundation before students begin college. PG students will also work with McCallie’s college counseling team as they explore postsecondary opportunities.
Bright Students Who Need Structured Independence Before College
College preparation is about more than academics; it’s about preparing teenagers to live and function with their newfound independence. As a former McCallie parent once said, “My goal is for my son to go to college...without me!” From doing laundry to managing their time, students need practice for all aspects of college, not just classes. Because they have lived in an environment that provides a balance of independence and structure, boarding school graduates are twice as likely as independent day school graduates and over three times as likely as public school graduates to report that they felt prepared for college.
Many PG students have already found success in a sport and have aspirations of playing at the collegiate level. While a PG year does not guarantee a college scholarship, it does provide student athletes with an additional year of academic and physical growth, most often at the suggestion of a college coach. Our expectation is that PG students will buy into all aspects of life at McCallie. While the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) does not allow PGs to compete in interscholastic competitions, McCallie fields several varsity and club teams that do not fall under TSSAA regulation - Climbing, Mountain Biking, Rowing, Swimming, Squash, and Ultimate Frisbee. Each sport has its own set of rules, and we encourage PG candidates to contact our admission office to learn more about the implications for their sport of choice.
Strong Students Who Seek An Additional Year To Strengthen Their Academic Record
PG students have already found success in the classroom, and boarding school allows them another year to enroll in more advanced courses, or perhaps pursue subjects for which they developed an interest later in their high school career. For example, a student hoping to study engineering in college may seek a PG year that will allow him to take additional courses in advanced science and math to provide a stronger academic foundation once college begins.
Ready to learn more? Talk to an admission counselor to learn whether a PG year could be the right fit for you.