Furtah Preparatory School



School’s Youth Exchange Honored in Partners for Global Diplomacy Medallion Program

November 15, 2013 – Furtah Preparatory School, a non-profit secondary education institution in Acworth, Georgia, has been recognized by the United States Department of State for its very successful participation in the Medallion Program Partners for Global Diplomacy, a youth exchange program to promote mutual understanding, respect and tolerance for future generations of global leaders, in cooperation with ASSE, the world leader in international student exchange programs.

Mr. Fred Furtah, headmaster at Furtah Preparatory School, said, “Working with ASSE, and placement agencies, we have international students from China, Serbia, Montenegro, France, Switzerland, Germany and other countries graduate from our high school and go on to colleges or careers in the United States, or return to their home countries as more well-rounded global citizens.”  “We also have graduates who earn scholarships at universities in academics, arts and athletics, including a recent graduate now on the Georgia Bulldogs basketball team,” he said.

International students attending Furtah Prep live with a host family and gain high school foreign language education along with the social and cultural experience of new friends in a new country.  Families that host an international student learn about the background and customs of their visiting student, who are disciplined, focused, well-behaved guests that stay for one school year, from early August through the end of May.  They participate in the host family’s normal daily activities when they are not studying.

Host families do not need to have a student at Furtah Prep to have a student in their home.  They provide a separate bedroom, a place for the child to study, a seat at the table, and transportation to and from school and school events.  In some cases, international students can provide a small stipend to the host family to help with room and board.  “Studying in America is a dream for many students overseas, which can be fleeting if they cannot be placed with a host family for one of their high school years.  The host family fills a place of honor in the lives of these children because they help a child fulfill their dream,” said Headmaster Furtah.

Furtah Prep serves children in the geographic area from Cartersville in the northwest to Dallas in the southwest to Roswell on the southeast and Canton in the north, including the cities and towns of Woodstock, Marietta, Acworth, Emerson, White, Holly Springs, Sandy Plains, Powder Springs and many of the communities in Cherokee, Bartow, Paulding and Cobb Counties.  It also has students from China, Serbia, Montenegro, France, Switzerland, Germany and other countries around the world.  Their website is www.furtahprep.org.

If you would like more information about this topic, email International Student Coordinator Elizabeth Kovacich at beth.kovacich@furtahprep.org.