“The session 2019 was our second year with ISSFT. Our son (then 15) first attended the session in 2018. We chose ISSFT after careful consideration and checking the school’s credentials and reputation. We sent our son to the school as he was applying to preparatory schools in the US after his completion of compulsory school in Sweden and he needed coaching and tools for taking the required standardized tests. He attended the Study Skills session in 2018 which focuses on study and test-taking skills. When he subsequently took the ISSE for admissions we saw that his test scores had significantly improved. In addition, the study skills section helped him improve his essay writing. We credit ISSFT for giving him an edge in the application process for the boarding schools. The experience of living away from home and taking own responsibility in a safe environment was also a huge bonus. Admissions officers who interviewed our son were aware of the ISSFT and very positive that we had given him a taste of boarding school life prior to making such a big move. He was admitted to his number one choice school in Massachusetts and ISSFT was part of the team that made that happen.
When he asked to attend the session in 2019 we had no hesitation. This year he attended the Global Entrepreneurship session. When he came home and shared his workbook with us as well as experience we were very impressed by both the faculty’s ability to bring out the best in our son as well as the work that he had done.
ISSFT isn’t only academics however, our son is an avid golfer and has a goal to make the national team. The golf program at ISSFT was excellent in 2018 and in the 2019 session it had, according to our son, become even better. The opportunity to play the classic courses in the birthplace of golf was an amazing experience. To play St Andrews Old Course in 2018 and Gleneagles and Kingsbarns twice (2018 and 2019) was for our son, serendipity. The coaching staff is excellent and the facilities comprehensive.
And, our young friends have fun! There are activities every day where students can try new things. The clan competition is a “blast” according to our son. The excursions to Edinburgh and other historical spots are also very enriching.
This family cannot praise the program enough. Communication with the school is easy and smooth, the daily blogs that allow parents to see what is going on at the school are greatly appreciated. At the end of the session students receive evaluations from the staff which are actionable.”
Karin Williams, Sweden