The MacDuffie School provides a quality co-ed private school education to local and international students who are bright, talented, and interested in attending college or university. These students experience a culture and community at MacDuffie that is both challenging and supportive–a community that encourages students to explore their interests and to discover new possibilities. We provide the environment and curriculum for students to improve their language skills, explore leadership opportunities, and successfully build the academic and professional skills necessary for success. MacDuffie is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
MacDuffie is also a welcoming community. This year (2016-2017), we have students from 26 nations as well as from throughout the US. Our international students may choose to live on campus or to live with a local family as a homestay student. At the end of the school day, our students participate in the Co-Curricular Activities Program (CAP), which includes athletics and a variety of special offerings such as Model United Nations, chess, cooking, and dancing. On the weekend, students are offered recreational as well as educational activities. In addition, boarders take several longer trips to such places as Washington, DC, Vermont, and Boston. Homestay students learn about the American culture by living with a local family and participating in activities with their hosts.
Our school location is ideal for the international student. Located in Western Massachusetts, we have easy access to both Boston to the east and New York City to the south. The 50-acre campus sits on 500 acres of undeveloped New England greenery with plenty of space for students.
Students live together in double and single rooms with a caring residential life staff, many of whom are also faculty members. Boarding students build strong relationships with peers in the dining commons and through social activities on the weekend. Living on campus is a wonderful opportunity.
MacDuffie’s Homestay Program offers international students the chance to experience American living first-hand. Participating in the Homestay Program gives students a “family” experience. Students are treated as members of the family and are included in their host’s daily routine, traditions, and family events just like any other family member. Homestay students are responsible for their own spending money and are medically insured.
Community development initiatives, community service, clubs, recreation, and cultural and educational opportunities all integrate into life at MacDuffie.
Caswell Game Fest
Where Are You From?
Chinese Autumn Moon Festival
Roller Skating/Laser Tag
Bowling & Cinema
Zip Line, Berkshire East
Visual Art Club
The International Diploma
The MacDuffie International Diploma allows students who do not meet our standards in language or credit distribution to still obtain a valuable MacDuffie education. Our goal at MacDuffie is to integrate students into mainstream classes as quickly and fully as possible while providing a positive experience for all students.
The MacDuffie International Diploma may be for you if:
- You enroll in FAM in 10th grade
- You enroll at MacDuffie and place in ELL 2 in 11th grade
- You enroll at MacDuffie as a senior and are missing Arts and/or Science credits.
(We understand students come from a variety of backgrounds, and want to make the MacDuffie experience available for many of these exceptional students)