by Trey LaMay ’25
The Frederick Gunn School continues to recruit students from around the world and the school is proud to boast of such a diverse incoming new student body. The Frederick Gunn School is built on 20% of international students from 20 different counties not even including the school faculty. The most common countries represented at Gunn are China, South Korea, Spain, Canada, and Mexico. International students make up 4.6% of American classrooms. That is a staggering 16% less than at FGS. International students first came to The Frederick Gunn School in 1872 when the first international student came from China. The Frederick Gunn School also has alumni from over 50 different countries.
During the first week of the year, The Highlander Newspaper met with the Director of International Recruitment and Senior Associate Director of Admissions Ms. Dea. The newspaper learned about the very important international admissions process. Ms. Dea described her plans to take a 57-day trip, where, for the first time in Gunn’s history, she will try to grow our Central and South American population. She will travel to countries like Columbia and Brazil. Ms. Dea also told the Highlander News Team about this year’s new students. There are three new students from Japan and a new student from the United Auburn Indian Community, which is a Native American tribe located in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Auburn, in Placer County, California. Ms. Dea passionately argued that the Hall of Flags in the dining hall is much more important than people might think. The Hall of Flags is a celebration of our diversity and global reach as a school. That’s why Ms. Dea made it her mission to show off every student’s nationality. She believes that students should be proud of their heritage and nationality and always have a little bit of home with them while at The Frederick Gunn School.