Although Watkinson is a day school, we embrace diversity and welcome international students to our school. We can assist with host family arrangements as well as manage the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). We will also issue the I-20 to students once they have been admitted and enrolled. Students must take the 1-20 to the U.S. Consulate in their native country to apply for the F-1 student visa.
The admissions process is the same for domestic and international students however, for applicants whose first language is not English and may not demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. TOEFL test results should be sent directly from the testing agency to Watkinson School (school code: 8050). Photocopies are not accepted. Watkinson does offer supplemental tutoring support for students who need assistance with speaking, reading and writing English.
International student fees are outlined below:
$500 Service and Processing Fee
$15,000 Host Family Administration and Placement Fee
If possible, international applicants are encouraged to visit our school for an on-campus tour and interview. If this is not feasible, we strongly suggest arranging a Skype interview with an admissions representative.
|Q. ||Do you accept International students? Do you issue an I-20 for an international students?|
|A. ||Watkinson does accept International students and issues the I-20 once the student is accepted and enrolled.|
|Q. ||Do you require applicants to submit any official English proficiency test scores?|
|A. ||We do prefer students to take the TOEFL exam and have the official scores sent to Watkinson using school code 3378.|
|Q. ||Is there a phone interview or Skype required?|
|A. ||A Skype interview is required as part of the application process.|
|Q. ||What is the tuition cost?|
|A. ||The 2013-14 tuition cost for Watkinson School is $35,200. In addition, for international families there is a $500 administrative fee. If a host family is needed, there is an additional cost of $15,000 for the year.|
|Q. ||How many Chinese students are enrolled in the school?|
|A. ||It varies from year to year, however on average we have anywhere from 5-10 international students enrolled in our school, primarily from Asia.|
|Q. ||Is your school a day school? Do you arrange host families for international applicants?|
|A. ||Watkinson is a day school and arrangements can be made for international students to stay with host families.|
|Q. ||Do you offer English language support?|
|A. ||We do offer English Language Learner (ELL) support and additional tutoring in other areas if a student needs it. There is an added charge for these services which is dependent on your level of English. International students should have enough English proficiency to be able to handle our college-prep classes.|
|Valentines Day 2012|
We tasted candies and treats from Taiwan and Korea; the students made chocolate truffles; and they created Valentine cards to express their thanks to the (host) families and teachers. Everyone learned about American Valentine traditions!
Watkinson's six international students (from Taiwan, China, Korea and Switzerland) were taken by four faculty members to a farm to pick pumpkins, and they carved them while snacking on donuts, apples and cider. It was their first experience with a real American fall tradition.