International Students

Classrooms at Phelps truly are international meeting spaces. Young men from around the world make our school rich in cultural diversity. Students share a profoundly global learning experience.

Students come to Phelps with wide-ranging levels of English proficiency. Our expert ESL instructors work well with each student to improve his comprehension and speaking skills. Specific TOEFL scores are not required for admission, but scores do help us place students appropriately in ESL course levels.

Our international students improve their English skills and experience American culture through daily classroom and dorm life interactions. They benefit from academic support and specialized ESL classes as needed.

Students enjoy wide-ranging activities after school and events on weekends for fun and fellowship with new-found friends.

We strive to expose each student to as much English as possible with a safety net of support. We place them in classes where they can work at their own speed to build their English language skills. While ELL students (English Language Learners) “mainstream” quickly into most core classes, they can also take scaffolded history and science classes to assist with vocabulary, and they can take advantage of tutorial periods for extra help.

Many boys enroll in our comprehensive ESL program to raise their TOEFL scores well above the minimum of 85 required by many colleges and universities. Our English Language Learners (“ELLs”) receive a higher level of support than they would at most schools, and we help them attain a TOEFL score of 90 before they join mainstream English classes.  Our methods, and our very talented ESL teachers, benefit our international students tremendously.

International Students at Phelps
Gardening Student At Phelps School

International Student Application Process

  • Download the application materials

  • Send in with required documents

    Complete and send the application to our Admissions Office along with a school transcript in English, two recommendations, a copy of the student’s passport photo page.

  • Pay the application fee

  • Sign Enrollment Agreement

    Once the student is accepted for enrollment, parents can sign the Enrollment Agreement and return it to the Admissions Office along with the tuition deposit ($10,000). Only then can an I-20 can be issued.

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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