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high school exchange student

My 15 year old daughter attends a Holy Child school in Maryland, and we know there is a Holy Child school in Dublin. She would like to try to be an exchange student for a term (a semester?) in Dublin, but we are wondering how different she would find the coursework in Ireland from her US studies (Chemistry/ AlgebraII-trig/ Spanish/ Western Civ). Anyone have any experience as a US student travelling to Ireland, or as an Irish student studying here in the US?

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Ireland's education system makes our public schools look like a joke. I think the main reason for that is because everyone knows each other over there and parents wouldn't dream of not taking a more active role if their kid is in trouble. My hand just started throbbing. Ah, memories. Private schools here would be closer to par. If she's the type of student who applies herself, it should be no problem. Cheers.

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Yes there's at least one Holy Child school in Dublin - it's in Killiney.

The coursework is likely to be v v different though from in the States. Irish students have two exams - one in Third year of secondary school which they sit at about age 15-16, called the Junior Certificate and 2 years later they do the Leaving Cert in Fifth year (or 6th year if they do a transition year when they do projects, get work experience, set up mini businesses etc).

Subjectwise, you've picked out Chemistry - chemistry, biology and physics is all one subject - 'science' - for the Junior Cert and then they specialise for the leaving Cert.

AlgebraII-trig is likewise - Irish students study 'maths' as a whole and don't specialise.

Spanish is taught in some schools, though most schools do French or German.

Western Civ is not something we do but it sounds like history - which for a 15 year old would be Irish history and also the history of Europe from 1870 onwards. Hope this helps - (and doesn't put you off!)

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Hi Windsor - have you thought about where your daughter would stay? You may have difficulties getting some place suitable for your daughter to stay (I have a 13 y/o daughter!!).

Would you consider looking at a boarding school for her? This might solve the issues of accomodation. Maybe you should look at some of the boarding schools - I can't help you here, but others might) and then speaking to some of the Principals.

Another alternative would be to try a couple of weeks during term (i.e if you have holidays when the Irish students are in school) and then you could see if the plan is feasible.

I suppose you really need to decide what your focus is...is it to get experience of Irish schools or to get an Irish education or to visit a Holy Child School or to experience Dublin...etc.

HOpe this has helped. Take care.

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