- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont high school has begun planning to recruit out-of-state and international students with help from a $100,000 grant.

Montpelier High School officials are ironing out recruiting details for the 2016-2017 school year, hoping to add diversity and grow the student body, the Times-Argus reports (https://bit.ly/1PiFJBV ).

The school already added five Chinese students in January as part of a pilot program.

Principal Adam Bunting said some of students may come from China, but the program isn’t limited to that country - they want students from the U.S., too.

“Just like a lot of Vermont students go to out-of-state schools, we want to also not only attract international students but we would love to attract some out-of-state students,” said district Superintendent Brian Ricca.

Current enrollment for the high school is low, but is expected to rise in the next few years, Bunting said.

Anne Watson, a science teacher, said she expects tuition for out-of-state students to be around $40,000 a year. The Vermont College of Fine Arts agreed to board at least 20 students for the high school next year, she said. Families that would host other students would also be compensated, though Watson said she didn’t know how much.

She visited two private schools, one in northeast Vermont and one in Manchester both which attract tuition students from other states. She plans to visit more boarding schools and learn about their recruiting and housing processes.

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Information from: The Times Argus, https://www.timesargus.com/

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