English as a Second Language
Country Day proudly welcomes international students and offers them the opportunity to learn the language skills necessary to succeed both academically and socially.
We are the first independent school in the area to offer students English as a Second Language (ESL), offering international students who speak virtually no English, or who still need time and a special curriculum to become fluent, to be enrolled in an academic program.
The Admissions Office determines the need for English as a Second Language. Prospective students are recommended for ESL based on an interview, an oral English proficiency test, and listening, vocabulary, and reading comprehension tests.
We offer ESL accommodations for all levels—including students in Lower, Middle, and Upper School.
Classes are designed to meet the learning needs of each student and allow them to work at their own ability and level. Classes are designed to meet the learning needs of each student and allow them to work at their own ability and level.
Upper School ESL Classes
ESL courses (with the exception of TOEFL Prep, when offered) can substitute for credits in the English or History departments, as appropriate. ESL students at a more advanced level frequently elect to enroll in a regular English course in addition to their ESL class(es) (Audit or Credit/No credit).
For questions or additional information on our English as a Second Language program, please contact:
Director of ESL