International Students

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.


List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Do you accept International students? Do you issue an I-20 for an international students?

    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.
  • How do I apply?

    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.
  • Do you require applicants to submit any official English proficiency test scores?

    We prefer that students take the TOEFL exam with a minimum of 82 and have the official scores sent to Watkinson using school code 3378.
  • Is there a phone interview or virtual interview required?

    A Skype or personal interview on campus is required as part of the application process.
  • What is the tuition cost 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.
  • How many International students are enrolled in the school?

    For the 2018-19 academic year, we have 26 international students enrolled.
  • Is your school a day school? Do you arrange host families for international applicants?

    Watkinson is a day school and arrangements can be made for international students to stay with host families.
  • Do you offer English language support?

    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.