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Principal Kase Vunileva of Mile High Academy is creating satellite schools in foreign countries around the world. Approached a year and a half ago by an organization in China called Red Rocks, she was asked if she was interested in working with them to organize a satellite school there. After talking with conference administrators, they decided to explore this possibility.
In June, twelve seniors who fulfilled requirements for a general high school diploma from Mile High Academy graduated from this satellite school, having also taken the character education they offer. The school operates under the same philosophy of education used in Rocky Mountain Conference.
Located in Shunde, China, in Guangdong Province, the satellite school has 40 students and employs four Adventist teachers. Guangdong is a coastal province in southeast China of the People’s Republic of China.
Another satellite school will be opening in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia in the fall of this year offering K-5 and eventually growing to K-12. They will be expecting 100 students to attend.
Vunileva has received many interests for a school program as people learn about its existence by word of mouth and contact her by email or phone. She requires them to visit Mile High Academy and to work out an agreement together. It’s important to find out if they have an international mindset, whether or not they can handle an international program, and how well they will work with her, Vunileva explains.
Another satellite school will open in Vietnam in the fall of 2019.
When foreign entities find out their students could have a dual diploma program, they ask about joining. A dual diploma program insures proficiency in writing, reading, and speaking English to a certain standard, giving them the opportunity to attend schools in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. The diploma given by Mile High is an official General Diploma issued only when a student meets all the standards and all classes have been passed.
“The word is out not only in the Denver area but around the globe that Mile High Academy is a great center of learning,” comments Ed Barnett, RMC president.
“We can be proud to see schools overseas wanting to be a part of our Denver school. May Jesus shine on each of our campuses around the globe,” he adds.
MHA is hosting 25 students from China on Sunday, who are coming for their week-long engineering summer camp. They’ll spend half a day studying robotics and half a day studying English as a Second Language (ESL). They’ll also spend time at DU Boulder, along with a week at Glacier View Ranch.
While parents of MHA students are not as keen on sending their kids to China to attend school, they are looking at a possible music trip/mission trip sometime in the future.
-- Carol Bolden; photos of the satellite school and students located in Guangdong Province