International Students


Beck Photography, 2014

Beck Photography, 2014

The Phelps School welcomes foreign students, recognizes their special needs, and works to meet those needs in several ways. First, we carefully monitor our enrollment of foreign students so that we may maintain our cultural diversity without sacrificing the traditionally American nature of our overall program. In this way, our foreign students may strengthen their English skills and experience American culture through their personal interaction with others. Second, we provide academic support as well as specialized ESL (English as a Second Language) classes as needed by the individual student. Third, we provide a wide range of activities after school and on weekends to allow each boy the chance to relax and form friendships outside of the classroom setting.


An application, a school transcript in English, two recommendations, a copy of the student’s passport photo page, and the application fee should be sent to the Admissions Office. To download the necessary paperwork, please visit our Admissions Forms page. The Phelps School cannot issue an I-20 until the student has been accepted into our program and the Enrollment Agreement as well as a tuition deposit of at least $10,000 have been returned to the school.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to the school upon arrival. Some returning foreign students are usually available on campus to assist with the “settling in” process and to answer questions. Any student needing necessities such as bed linens will be taken to a local shopping mall and assisted in purchasing these items. The Phelps School also offers an ESL (English as a Second Language) Summer Program that begins one week prior to the start of the fall trimester to help new international students who need support developing their English skills get acclimated.


All students are assigned to one of seven dormitories. Faculty members live in the building to assist, supervise, and advise students whenever necessary. Visit the Housing page to find out more about residences on campus.


The Phelps School campus is closed during Thanksgiving Break (November), Winter Break (December – January) and Spring Break (March). International students must make other arrangements for these periods of time. Reservations for travel must be made well in advance and communicated to the Dean of Students. Transportation to both the airport and the train station is provided at the start of each vacation period.

Beck Photography, 2014

Beck Photography, 2014

At Work

The Phelps School has successfully integrated foreign students in the American educational system for many years. In the past ten years, all of our international graduates who have applied to American colleges and universities have been accepted into those programs. Our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are taught by professionals who are trained and experienced in teaching English to foreign students. Therefore, we are able to accept foreign students at any level of English proficiency. No TOEFL score is required for admission, although TOEFL scores are useful in determining placement within the four levels of ESL. A TOEFL score of 90 or above is required to enter mainstream English.

The school will also handle arrangements for juniors and seniors to take the TOEFL test at various times throughout the year.

The core of our philosophy is to expose the student to as much English as possible while providing a safety net of support. Our ESL students are mainstreamed into most core classes with the American students for full academic credit. Instead of a regular English class, however, they are placed into ESL classes where they can work at their own level and speed to build their English language skills. Students who need additional help will also take scaffolded history and science classes to assist with vocabulary. Every day there is a tutorial period during which any student may go to his teachers for extra help or explanations.

At Play

At The Phelps School we offer our students the chance to be successful in many different areas. Our afternoon activity period gives our foreign students a chance to interact with both students and faculty in a less formal manner. Many enduring friendships are formed on the playing fields or through mutual interests.

Beck Photography, 2014

Beck Photography, 2014

Our interscholastic sports teams include soccer, cross-country running, basketball, golf, tennis, baseball, wrestling, and lacrosse. Students may also choose to participate in bowling, film appreciation, indoor sports, studio art, photography, rocketry, yearbook, etc.

Weekends offer numerous and varied activities. There are on-campus movies, inter-dorm sports competitions, and trips to the local shopping mall. Dances with girls’ schools are regularly scheduled throughout the year. The boys may also sign up for trips to professional sports events, such as football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey games or WWF wrestling bouts. They may go to concerts, theater productions, museums, off-campus movies, local restaurants or into Philadelphia for shopping or sightseeing. Other activities, such as hiking, rafting and The Renaissance Faire, are scheduled in season.

For more information, please call, write or fax:

Admissions Office
The Phelps School
583 Sugartown Road
Malvern, PA 19355

Phone: 1-610-644-1754
Fax: 1-610-644-6679