Student, Westchester Academy for International Studies, Class of 2016,
A typical student at Westchester Academy for International Studies looks completely different depending on grade level. Freshman seem youthful and still slightly awkward from their middle school days. They have no idea what lies ahead. Sophomores are easily identifiable as those who speak up and are excited to become juniors. They are unmistakably high school students. Juniors are the turning point at Westchester. The IB or International Baccalaureate program is a beast, with a two year lifespan and the possibility of earning college credit for high school courses. These students walk the halls with large bags under their eyes, facing the most difficult year of their lives. At the end of the year they celebrate, as the IB program is now half way over. Seniors are the the most unique individuals at Westchester. They are less afraid of breaking the rules, like dying their hair to match a rainbow and showing up late with only a bag of donut holes as an explanation. They are eager to apply to college and are ready to face the larger world. The kind of person that should attend WAIS is one that doesn't mind seeing the same faces for long periods of time, can handle monstrous work loads, and works well with others. Westchester is a small community with no secrets, and a place where staying anonymous is not an option.