Although Watkinson is a day school, we embrace diversity and welcome international students to our school.
The admissions process is the same for domestic and international students; however, for applicants whose first language is not English and who 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: 3378). Photocopies are not accepted. Watkinson offers exceptional supplemental tutoring support for students who need assistance with speaking, reading, and writing English.
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.
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 WeChat or Skype interview with an admissions representative.
Watkinson does accept International students, and over the past few years has enrolled students from a variety of countries including China, Mexico, Germany, France, Turkey and Taiwan. I-20s are issued to students who have been accepted and have enrolled.
International students are required to fill out the Watkinson School application and pay the $50 application fee which can be found here. The SSAT Common Application is also acceptable. Other common applications and Agency Applications are not accepted for international students.
The 2019-20 tuition cost for Watkinson's International Students is $45,325. Examples of costs covered in this fee: medical insurance, English language support, student visa processing and maintenance, and an award-winning college counseling program.
Watkinson offers English Language Learner (ELL) classes for international students. The goal of ELL at Watkinson is to build a linguistic, cultural and skill base for international students with an eye towards success in Watkinson and an American college. Part language learning, part academic support, part skill practice, students will gain a more even footing with their American peers.
Most international students are required to take a minimum of two years of ELL: at least one year of general ELL, intended for 9th-10th graders, and one year of Advanced ELL, for 11th-12th graders. Students may take two years of each/both; the course goals will be the same, but the curricular topics will change each year.
As ELL classes are for credit, students must complete each year. Certain students may test out of the requirement after one year, based on ELL class performance, recommendations from other classroom teachers and current TOEFL score.
General ELL for 9th-10th graders
Designed in consultation with 9th and 10th grade faculty, the goal of this course is to prepare international students for the skills, language level and general cultural knowledge needed to succeed in an American high school (Watkinson).
Advanced ELL for 11th-12th graders
Designed to prepare students for college, this course covers the basic linguistic skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) needed to be accepted (SAT, ACT and TOEFL) and succeed in an American university. American culture and historical context are present as a thread throughout the curricular work.
Watkinson School has partnered with peerTransfer to streamline the tuition & fee payment for our international students. Peertranser offers multiple payment options and excellent foreign exchange rates. They'll ensure your payment arrives safely and accurately.
Watkinson is a friendly and helpful private school for all students, especially international students. There are different programs that are made for students to help them get better grades. For example, ELL is a special program made for international students to help them get better, fluent English.
Watkinson School is a small community, but it is formed by diverse cultures and families. Unlike large schools, everybody knows each other, and cares for each other in Watkinson. Also, students can be really involved in many activities and clubs. This is the best part of being at Watkinson. I am glad to be one of the Watkinson students. —Bruce Y.
Yesterday, I was going through my room, packing my suitcase to return to Germany when I saw this book, Autobiography of a Face. I remember it being the summer reading and how much I struggled with it. I read the first chapter about 16 times and still couldn’t understand a single word. On the first day of school I told my teachers that I struggled with it, and it turned out not to be a problem. The teachers tried to find other solutions to help me and that was the first time I saw that teachers actually care. I wasn't used to this since my school in Germany is more of a “learn or fail school”... there is nothing like “try your best.”