International Students at Cedarwood


Cedarwood attracts a large number of students from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, and Australia. With a 23% culturally diverse student population, and the implementation of the English as a Second Language (ESL)Program, Cedarwood is able to meet the needs of qualified international students.With the assistance of an experienced ESL teacher, international students are able to transition smoothly into the Cedarwood curriculum. Families also have a lot in common with many other Cedarwood families who have had similar experiences. They can offer their support to new families and help the entire family transition to a new country and community.For more information about the ESL Program, click here.

2015 Recipient of the Mitsuishi International Challenge Award

2015 Recipient of the Mitsuishi International Challenge Award

2015 Recipient of the International Challenge Award

Cedarwood School 7th grader Victor Fernandes was awarded the Miyuki & Aki Mitsuishi International Challenge Award at the school’s award ceremony on May 22, 2015. Carlos was presented this award, set up by the Mitsuishi Family of Japan, to recognize International Students at Cedarwood School who have displayed significant academic progress when facing the challenge speaking another language and showing exceptional dedication to Cedarwood School and the school’s extra-curricular activities. Carlos came to Cedarwood from Venezuela.

Pictured from left to right are M. Daris Alwan, Principal Kathy LeBlanc, and m.Irfan Tsany

Pictured from left to right are M. Daris Alwan, Principal Kathy LeBlanc, and m.Irfan Tsany

2012 Recipients of the Miyuki & Aki Mitsuishi International Challenge Award

Cedarwood School 7th grader M. Daris Alwan and 6th grader M. Irfan Tsany were awarded the Miyuki & Aki Mitsuishi International Challenge Award at the school’s award ceremony on May 25, 2012. These students were presented this award, set up by the Mitsuishi Family of Japan, to recognize International Students at Cedarwood School who have displayed significant academic progress when facing the challenge speaking another language and showing exceptional dedication to Cedarwood School and the school’s extra-curricular activities. These two students came to Cedarwood from Indonesia.

Edivaldo Nsingui, Natalia Nsingi and Principal, Mindy Gibbons

Edivaldo Nsingui, Natalia Nsingi and Principal, Mindy Gibbons

2010 Recipients of the Miyuki & Aki Mitsuishi International Challenge Award

Cedarwood School 5th grader Edivaldo Nsingui and 6th grader Natalia Nsingi were awarded the Miyuki & Aki Mitsuishi International Challenge Award at the school’s award ceremony on May 27, 2010. These students were presented this award, set up by the Mitsuishi Family of Japan, to recognize International Students at Cedarwood School who have displayed significant academic progress when facing the challenge speaking another language and showing exceptional dedication to Cedarwood School and the school’s extra-curricular activities. These two students came to Cedarwood speaking Portuguese and are originally from Angola, Africa. Pictured from left to right are Edivaldo Nsingui, Natalia Nsingi, and Principal, Mindy Gibbons.

2008 Recipient of The Miyuki and Aki Mitsuishi International Challenge Award

7th grade 2008 graduate, Dennis den Hartigh received the award at Cedarwood’s Middle School Awards Ceremony on May 23, 2008. Dennis attended Cedarwood from preschool through 7th grade. He is an outstanding student academically and was an active member of Cedarwood’s Drama Club, Student Council, and Cross Country Team. Dennis was also active in supporting the school’s international activities.

1st Recipient of The Miyuki and Aki Mitsuishi International Challenge Award

Pictured is Hanna van de Mortel, with Art teacher, Erin Brady, who presented Hanna with a framed piece of her own artwork completed in art class at Cedarwood


Pictured is Hanna van de Mortel, with Art teacher, Erin Brady, who presented Hanna with a framed piece of her own artwork completed in art class at Cedarwood


Cedarwood School 4th grader, Hanna van de Mortel, was awarded the Miyuki and Aki Mitsuishi International Challenge Award at the School’s award ceremony on May 25, 2007. Prior to their move back to Japan, the Mitsuishi family established this award to honor international students attending Cedarwood for their outstanding achievements in school as well as their participation and support of the school’s extra-curricular and international programs. Dutch student, Hanna van de Mortel, is the lst recipient of this honorary award.