The SNA Marianapolis International School – Bien Hoa Campus has a 9-story residential hall. Sulina Dorm provides 450 beds, and has been developed to ensure each boarding student will have a private and comfortable living space. In addition, the Bien Hoa Campus has auxiliary areas (including, but not limited to, common rooms, parent boarding rooms, etc.). The inclusion of these gathering spaces allows the residential participants to feel a part of a community as they live and learn away from home. The specialist house area has 136 beds for SNA MInt. instructors and administrators.
What does all of this infrastructure do? It creates a residential model that is nurturing and warm; the dorm is a “home away from home.” The residential space at SNA Marianapolis is the foundation of a diverse and global residential community unified by an effort to grow, play, and live Marianapolis’ mission. Students develop and explore through structured programs and community activities; the cultural exchanges inherent in living together in a tight-knit residential “family” can foster lifelong connections.
As SNA Marianapolis International builds its own traditions, it will look to the resonant res life experiences of sister school Marianapolis Preparatory School in the U.S.A. For example, MPrep (USA) students engage in “House Cup Challenges.” Their nine house- and hall-style dorms compete in collaborative, enriching contests throughout the school year, such as Iron Chef, Flag Making, Karaoke, Floor Hockey, and more. Each hall event collects points for their “teams” and earns the students celebrations and special group privileges during the fall, winter, and spring. This type of campus play is inherently valuable; boarding school pedagogy helps reinforce the fundamental strengths of community bonds and growth outside of academic pursuits. The specifics of SNA Marianapolis International’s residential curricula will be illustrated here in greater detail as the coming school year approaches.