By offering students from across the globe to be a part of the Pius XI community, all students – domestic and international – broaden their world perspective by developing an understanding and appreciation for different cultures. In doing so, students have a deeper appreciation for their own culture and an understanding of the issues that are facing the global world today.
All international students seek the same thing as our entire student population – academic rigor, inspiring extracurricular engagement, and faith-based moral character development.
Over 30 students from five different countries – China, Vietnam, Bosnia, Ghana and Japan – attend Pius XI as International Students.
WIA – A Unique Opportunity to Bring the Globe into the Classroom
The Wisconsin International Academy (WIA) is a leading partner in Pius XI’s International Student placement. WIA is an innovative, residential program for Chinese students studying at American high schools.
By partnering with Pius XI Catholic High School, WIA provides opportunities for students to develop their English skills and to learn about American culture through both classroom learning and interactive extra-curricular activities.
The majority of our international students live in the WIA dorms located close to Pius XI. While in the dorm, students receive tutoring, academic support, and ELL classes. Others live in “home-stays” where a family will open their home to a student for the school year giving students a true American family experience.