International Student Program

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Welcome to Brunswick High School

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About Brunswick High School
Brunswick High School (BHS) has a student population of about 750 students. It offers a comprehensive program of academic excellence for grades 9 through 12 in four levels of instruction: 1) Advanced Placement; 2) Honors; 3) Academic; 4) Preparatory. BHS uses a traditional letter-grading system. Our school is accredited through the State of Maine and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is consistently ranked among the top schools by rating publications such as Niche and U.S. News and World Report. The most recent BHS graduating class (Class of 2018) were accepted by and chose to attend Berklee College of Music, Cornell University, Pomona College, the United States Naval Academy, McGill University, Princeton University, and many others. In addition to its core academic program, BHS offers students a wide range of elective courses, music ensemblesathletics, and extracurricular activities. More information can be found on the BHS home page.
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To ensure the best possible experience for all, BHS requires agencies to hold full certification from the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET).

2018-2019 J-1 Certified Programs.

  • BHS accepts a maximum of three students from any single agency.
  • BHS especially encourages grant scholarship students from YES, FLEX, and other merit programs funded through the U.S. Department of State. 
  • Please view the student criteria for acceptance and important deadlines.
  • Both J-1 and F-1 students need to complete the BHS application.
BHS welcomes J-1 and F-1 visa students from all over the world. We welcome the different perspectives and experiences that you share with us. We also strive to provide a positive experience of public high school in the United States. 

Interested in hosting a student? Please contact us. 

  • J-1 Student host families work directly with and through an agency. 


  • F-1 Student host families contract directly with and through the Brunswick School Department and receive a monthly stipend. They also have the option of working with and through an agency.
*At this time, BHS is not accepting visa students who wish to receive a graduation diploma from our school.
*BHS has a limited number of available spaces for J-1 and F-1 students.
*Acceptance is based on student eligibility and space availability.  




For the second consecutive year, our Music Program has been nationally recognized. Our school is one of only two from Maine that has earned this honor.

Read more about the award.

Principal Troy Henninger (left)
Assistant Principal Tim Gagnon (right)

Our BHS faculty and staff have advanced graduate degrees and decades of experience. They maintain high standards and develop positive rapport with all students.

BHS values community service and involvement. Our students earn volunteer hours as part of their graduation requirements.

Read more about our Community Service Program

  About the town of Brunswick, ME

Brunswick exemplifies the best qualities of a New England town. It was settled in 1628 and incorporated in 1739. About 21,000 people live here full time. The town boasts a charming downtown with diverse shops and restaurants, a full-service hospital, and picturesque scenery. Located between the Androscoggin River and the Atlantic Ocean, Brunswick offers a variety of recreational opportunities such as hiking trails, water activities, cinema, music, arts, and museums. Bowdoin College, chartered in 1794, also plays a prominent physical, cultural, and historical role in the town. The town has convenient access to Interstate 295 and coastal Route 1. It is about 30 miles north of Portland and the Portland International Jetport. The passenger train Amtrak Downeaster connects to Boston and has a station in Brunswick.