St. Andrew’s welcomes students from more than a dozen countries from across the globe. Our international student program addresses both the academic and social needs of our international student population as they immerse themselves in a new culture and school community.
As part of this commitment, we offer three levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for students who have not already earned a score of 90 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For students entering with a score lower than 90, placement is determined based on TOEFL scores, teacher recommendations, and previous experience in studying English. Every effort is made to place students at an appropriate yet challenging level. All ESL classes earn credit. The exit criteria for any ESL level will be dependent upon the assessment of written work, listening skills, oral skills, academic history (grades and courses), and TOEFL scores. No student may exit the program without the permission of their ESL teacher and the director of the upper school.
International students are expected to use English in their interactions with their peers and their teachers. Using English in everyday situations is one of the most effective methods to build fluency and familiarity with a language. At St. Andrew’s, students are encouraged to seek extra help from their teachers whenever they have questions about coursework. Sometimes, especially when students are coping with studying in a new language, they need more intensive help in order to keep pace with the rest of the class. An international student who finds him or herself struggling to keep abreast of class work can arrange to work one on one with a tutor through our tutorial program, available for an additional fee.