We are located in a suburb of Southern California east of Los Angeles, and have built a network of excellent schools. We service students between the ages of 10 through university, as well as business professionals seeking English Second Language support and teaching services. Most of our programs include a “homestay” with an American family, ranging from several weeks to several years.
MAS students are always carefully screened and interviewed, so that students are matched with the best possible schools and homestays, and may be provided with just the right kind of support for insuring success living and learning experience while in America. A major part of each student profile is English language ability, including English testing and a personal conversation with the founders, Dr. Matthew or Grace Soeter. The application includes an essay written in English, letters of recommendation, academic transcripts, financial and health certificates. We go into great depth so that the family’s time and money will not be wasted on a poor school match, or the wrong host family. Nothing is more important than the safety, health, and success of our students.
Based on the particular needs and wants of each student and their family, My American School recommends carefully selected schools. These are all accredited schools, college preparatory in their orientation, and with the best track records for sending their students on to success in college and beyond. We have met with the administrators and in many instances, the teachers and students as well.
My American School considers homestay host family placement as nearly as important as school placement. This is because we know from experience that much of what is learned takes place outside of the classroom, while at the table eating meals, driving places in the car, and just living as a part of an American Family. For this reason, host families are closely screened – far more so than our students! A lengthy application process including criminal background check and a thorough personal interview, and well as carefully checked personal references
Meet Founding Directors Dr. Matthew and Grace Soeter
The Soeters are an Asian-American couple, have been married for 23 years, and have three daughters. Dr. Soeter (M.Div., D.Min.) is an ordained pastor of 25 years, much of that time in Asian-American churches. An English major in college, among other duties, he currently directs the Multi-Cultural Program at Ontario Christian High School in Ontario, CA and Maranatha High School in Pasadena, CA. Grace (M.Div.)was born in Korea, and came to the U.S. at age six. She has taught English at the well-known Yonsei Foreign Language Institute in Seoul, Korea. The Soeters have also hosted many students from Asia over the years, including students from Korea, China, and Taiwan this past year. The Soeter family loves traveling, singing together, horseback riding, playing tennis and other sports. They live in Norco (“Horse City U.S.A.”), California, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.