ESL Orientation Program

ESL Orientation Program

All incoming ESL students attend a week-long orientation program in August before other students arrive for the start of school.  ESL teachers provide instruction on American education and culture; English speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills; tips for test-taking and study habits; and Phelps-specific resources and support services.  In addition, students start to build new friendships through off-campus trips to amusement parks, baseball games, college campuses, and nearby Washington, D.C. and New York City.

The ESL Orientation Program helps new students “hit the ground running” when they start classes. Just as important, it starts their preparations for the TOEFL test, a key to their becoming strong candidates for admission to top-ranked American colleges and universities.

Program Overview

Who must attend:  ALL international students entering their first year at Phelps

Dates:  TBA

Cost:  $3,750 (includes transportation to Phelps from the Philadelphia Airport, trips and activities, as well as instructional materials)

Program Snapshot

9 am to noon – Morning Instruction with fun and engaging classwork to prepare students for classes at Phelps. Placement testing is completed during this time.

Noon to 1 pm – Lunch – Students enjoy an on-campus buffet luncheon with teachers and staff and then a bit of free time.

1 pm – Afternoon and Evening Activities


Off-campus activities include a tour of downtown Philadelphia, minor league sports events, cookouts, a visit to the beach and an amusement park, overnight camping, and day trips to Washington, DC, and New York City. Evenings on campus include games and sports, movie nights, and down time to relax and socialize.

For More Information

For more information about The Phelps School’s ESL Program, please contact Sandra Hackett, Director of ESL, at [email protected].


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