GRACE is a certified school for international students which means we have been accredited and certified by the US government to be able to do this. To further assist us, we partner with an organization called New Oasis who recruits students from China. This organization is used by many of the independent schools in our area and has a reputation of doing an excellent job of vetting students and giving them excellent support while they are here in the US. We will limit the number of international students to 10% of our high school population and our desire is for international students to join the GRACE student body in 9th or 10th grade and return each year until they graduate.
At GRACE, we have the opportunity to welcome these students and share the Gospel with them as they learn about the US and live in our culture. Our students have the opportunity to learn from our international students about different cultures and become global citizens themselves.
As we begin to plan for the 2019-2020 school year, we will need host homes for these international students and invite you to consider this. If you are unable to host, could you help us spread the word? Do you know someone who would be a great host family and be blessed by this experience? If so, please let us know!
A host family must provide:
Transportation to and from school (must live within 10 miles of school)
A separate bedroom (may share a bathroom)
Parental supervision of a young adult eager to work hard and learn about American culture
A host family will receive:
An amazing cultural experience
A monthly stipend of $1,100 from New Oasis
Ongoing academic and social support from New Oasis
A mutually rewarding experience
Some common questions and clarifying answers:
“How long is the host family commitment?” Although the student will most likely be an incoming freshman or sophomore, attending GRACE for 3–4 years, the host family commitment is for one school year, with the student returning home during summer breaks. Many host families do create deep and lasting bonds with their exchange student and look forward to having them back after summer break, but we only ask for a one-year commitment. Also, if you do need to go someplace without your exchange student, it’s not a problem—one of our respite families can step in for short-term hosting.
“Won’t the exchange students want to be with someone their own age?” Not necessarily. New Oasis has had great success with empty nesters and families with small children. These home environments can provide a restful safe haven where peer-related anxieties to perform/behave/speak in very particular ways are less demanding.
“Not knowing the student makes me a little uneasy.” New Oasis does a great job vetting their applicants and only accepts students who can excel academically and socially. Beyond this, a lot of time and energy is put into matching students and host families by interest. But even after a match is made and the exchange student has selected you based on your profile (created from your application, references and home visit), you will begin communication with your exchange student before their arrival, and both parties have to be on the same page and feel at peace about the arrangement.
Thank you so much for taking the time to think and pray about how you can help us find wonderful families that can share the love of Christ in tangible ways through the hosting experience. On a personal note I, Mandy, have had a wonderful time learning about culture and being blessed by students who have lived in our home through the years!
Aloha! The second annual Football Season Opener Tailgate Bash will begin Friday, September 7th at 5:30pm at the GRACE Athletic Field. Have fun enjoying your GRACE family before taking in our first home football game (kick-off is 7:00pm)
This family fun event features food trucks, Kona Ice, a blow up obstacle course, limbo, a photo booth, beach volleyball, cornhole, prizes for the fan with the most Hawaiian spirit, and complementary leis for the first 400 guests.
Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. Community service hours will be given to high school students who volunteer.
Do you like to volunteer, be a part of a team or have fun? Do you enjoy fellowship and building community? Do you like quality events? If you answered “yes” to any of these, join Event Coordinator Michele Bandy on Wednesday, May 23rd at 8:30am at the Upper Campus for coffee and treats to find out more about the 2018-2019 calendar of events. Sign-Up is appreciated but not required and drop-ins are welcome.
GRACE events is looking for interested parents or grandparents who are interested in being a part of making the following events great!
Football Season Opener Family Fun Tailgate Bash
Celebrate GRACE Auction
Celebrate GRACE Dinner
If you’re curious to know more, come to the interest meeting and see if this is for you. There is a place for any interest level and everyone is welcome. Grab a friend, serve together, and make lasting memories!
A few times a year, GRACE’s PTF organizes a lunch to let our GRACE faculty and staff know how loved and appreciated they are. But it takes parents volunteers to help make these events successful. Our end-of-year luncheon is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2018.
Food should be dropped of during morning carpool, already cooked/baked.
If at all possible, PLEASE use disposable/throw-away containers/dishes. If you have to use another dish that you want to get back, please mark it with your last name and “upper or lower“ so we can get it back to the correct campus for you to pick up on Monday.
GRACE students and parents are invited to serve with Hope Connection International manning a merchandise booth at Cameron Indoor Stadium selling Duke logo items at home basketball games. Responsibilities include selling merchandise as well as reconciling the register. Point of sale experience is helpful, but not required. Sign up now!
GRACE high school students can earn community service hours with this activity. For more information, contact Ms. Barkett at email@example.com
You’re invited to get in the game and join the2017 Homecoming Volunteer Team! Homecoming festivities kick off during the school day on Friday, September 29th beginning with the annual Homecoming parade, followed by two pep rallies in the lower campus gym.
Later that night at there are opportunities to be part of our annual alumni reception, pre-game tailgate with family games, and the half-time coronation of the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen. In the midst of all the festivities, your GRACE Eagles football team will take on the Arendell Parrott Patriots.
The Maker Carts on the lower campus allow us to engage our students in using their imaginations to solve problems with creative solutions. If you have ANY of the following, please drop them by the media center (library) on either campus.
Do you have a DSLR that you are no longer using? Would you consider donating it to the photography class at GRACE? Please contact Wendy Warlick (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have a camera that we can use. Thank you!
The GRACE community is comprised of many individuals that are business owners in our local community. We encourage you to use the GRACE Family Owned Business Directory support these businesses when you have needs that can be met by their company. By supporting the GRACE community, we support our school.
If you are a GRACE parent or grandparent who owns your own business and would like to be included in a future version of the directory, please fill out the GRACE Business Directory Form. If you have questions about the directory, please contact Cathy Cole in the Upper Campus office.
Additionally, GRACE appreciates the support of the following local businesses who have partner with us and contribute to the success of many of our special events. We encourage the GRACE family to choose our business partners when you have a need for their products/services. See Business Partner Program for more information. To sign up as a business partner, complete the Business Partner Commitment Form.