American English Institute at FPD

American English Institute (AEI) is a year or half-year English language program on the campus of First Presbyterian Day School. It is designed specifically for Chinese students who need more preparation before studying in the USA. AEI offers practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening with native speakers in an American school.

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Application Process

  • Submit an application online using the link above with $300 application fee no later than April 15, 2017.
  • Submit supporting documents: translated transcripts, translated vaccination records, copy of passport.
  • Take the iTEP SLATE Plus test & test scores sent to FPD International Program Director, Christen McCommon.
  • Schedule an interview with AEI Director, Mr. Jon Keith.
  • Receive notice and if accepted, return received enrollment contract, signed with $5000 (US) tuition deposit within 10 days. $2,500 of it is nonrefundable. $2,500 is refundable if family is not able to get student visa by June 1. After June 1, all of $5,000 is nonrefundable.
  • When deposit and contract are received by AEI, family will receive I-20.
  • Schedule visa interview and notify AEI as soon as visa is received.
  • Pay the tuition balance of $40,000 within 10 days, but no later than June 15, 2017.
  • Buy flights and submit travel plans to arrive on September 5, 2017.
  • Prepare for an amazing experience at AEI at First Presbyterian Day School in Macon, Georgia, USA!

Program Costs

  • $300 nonrefundable application fee.
  • $45,000 full year, $25,000 one semester.
    Full $45,000 payment is due no later than 6/1/17. Students who only stay one semester will be refunded $20,000.

Program Leadership

Jon Keith, Director
Gregg Thompson, Headmaster, First Presbyterian Day School
Christen McCommon, International Program Director, First Presbyterian Day School

About the Program

Who Attends?
Any Chinese student, age 14-16, who has an iTEP SLATE test score above 1.5 and is obedient, respectful, works hard
and is self-motivated.

When is AEI?
Semester One: 9/5/17 – 12/15/17
Semester Two: 1/11/18 – 5/4/18.

Leadership and Staff:
AEI is led by a highly-respected educator, Jon Keith, AEI Director, with 35 years of school leadership experience. As Founder of WAnet and SEI and frequent visitor to China, few educational leaders better understand the needs of Chinese students. All AEI teachers and staff are of high character, well-trained and provide good influence.

Half of each day focuses on ESL reading, writing, speaking and listening. Individual attention will be given to each student’s needs. For the other half of each day, students choose electives like band, choral music, theater, physical education, and art.

Schedule (week days):
Classes run from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. followed by after school activities. All meals are eaten together. Evenings allow for study and time for social interaction and contact with home. Weekends are full of rest, cleaning rooms, contacting home, shopping, social activities and, of course, study.

After school activities:
Opportunities for after school activities will vary but the following are samples: swimming, track, volleyball, soccer, tennis, fine arts club, theater productions, marching band, dance, academic teams, chess club, robotics and math team. Specialized programs like horseback riding or music lessons require an extra fee.

Size of AEI:
AEI is a highly-specialized program with only 15-20 students per year.

Students live in a modern dorm with two to a room and share a private restroom. Boys and girls are in separate areas and adult supervised. Students have study rooms, lounge, kitchenette and laundry facilities. The AEI dorm is five minutes from the high school campus at our partner Wesleyan College, an all-girls college. All school transportation between dorm and school buildings is fully supervised.

AEI provides three meals each week day and five over the weekend with a healthy emphasis. Students have easy access to a local Asian supermarket, Walmart, Starbucks and shopping mall.

Students will be tested regularly and parents given a progress report monthly. When students reach the required score at semester end, they graduate from AEI and move into an American high school. Mr. Keith will also visit parents and share updates while in  China.

Students will be loaned a computer and trained in technology practices. Students must provide their own working cell phone at all times. Staff will teach good stewardship and monitor student computer use.

Life Skills:
An important part of the AEI year is learning a wide range of life skills. Developing confidence, thinking critically, communicating effectively, using social media responsibly, handling money properly are just a few we teach.

Students will be recognized regularly for both English improvement and character traits.

Although AEI students are not required to share our Christian religion, students are expected to respectfully learn about Christianity and make their own decisions. Students must follow all the school’s standards and practice honesty and respect. Students not following rules will be sent home at parents’ expense without refund.

Next step:
When the AEI student finishes their year, we recommend high school placement help but leave the decision to the parents. AEI
does recommend consideration of using WAnet. AEI graduates may choose to apply to FPD for high school.