The Immigrant Guide to the American Educational System
The immigrant guide to the American Education system is resource manual for immigrants looking to further their education in the United States. As an immigrant who had to navigate the education system myself with little guidance, I wish I had this book when I was younger. The author, Dr. Stephanie Mbella, is an academic coach who works with a non-profit organization that assists high school students through the college transition process. I've had the pleasure of working with Dr. Mbella as her assistant and witnessed her exemplary skills. She is passionate about providing information for immigrant families who are at a disadvantage and helping student make the decision to attend a college that best fits their needs.
The book begins with an overview of the American high school system. There's a break down of the different type of schools, courses, dress code, transportation, and disciplinary rules. These topics may seem like common knowledge but for an immigrant adjusting to the culture, it's useful to get an explanation. As the book progresses, Dr. Mbella addresses different steps in the college transition process. There are charts that explain college ranking, tuition prices, and standardized test scores. There are also parents and students worksheets to help keep both parties on track.
I highly recommend getting this book if you are a parents or student in need of up to date college application, financial aid and college selection information.