Lee Academy growing in Maine and around the world

7:49 PM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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LEE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- As another school year has started for many kids in Maine, several at Lee Academy have traveled a pretty far distance to attend classes.

The international student body at Lee Academy has grown vastly in the last 10 years. The private academy began taking exchange students to keep the school open as enrollment from the nearby towns went down. Now kids from 19 different countries attend Lee Academy and almost 90 percent of the students who live in the dorms there aren't from the U.S.

The academy is now looking to open a second sister school in the Phillipines. It already has one in Daegu, South Korea which has been open since 2009.

The school in Lee has also expanded because of the international students. Headmaster Bruce Lindberg says the tuition they pay has funded $3 million in renovations at the academy. Faculty there says the best part has been expanding horizons for students by introducing them to people from around the world.  

"They {the students} understand different cultures...they understand different foods...they understand different languages, so with that their world is so much bigger thatn mine," said Lindberg, "and it can only promote peace and harmony throughout the world." 

Lee Academy is looking to send its first American exchange students to Deagu next year. Students from any schools in Maine can enroll at a discounted tuition rate.

Any interested families should contact Bruce Lindberg at the academy at (207)738-2252.


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