International Student Services
For more than sixty years, international students have chosen West Nottingham Academy (WNA) in preparation for American colleges and universities.
At WNA, students receive support to improve English language fluency and integrate into the school community. International students from countries all over the world call WNA “home” because of its caring and committed faculty, administration, and diverse student body.
We welcome your questions and comments. For more information, please
contact Ms. Sarah Walker, International Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or a member of our Admission staff at email@example.com
for application information.
English as Second Language (ESL)
ESL is a carefully designed support structure that provides students who are not yet fully ready to enter the College Preparatory curriculum with a rigorous, immersion-based environment for learning English with other international students. Specialized features include:
• Augmented language skills focus combined with studies of both English and History.
• English communication classes to improve speaking and listening skills, in addition to reading, writing, grammar, and learning about American culture.
• Classes that support students work in all WNA classes, tailored to English language acquisition.
• Classes that transition students needing additional support from ESL to the College Preparatory curriculum.
• Individual tutoring support.
English Placement for New International Students
• Students entering WNA as freshman with high-beginner to intermediate English language skills are expected to be fully integrated into the College Preparatory curriculum within one year.
• Students entering above the 9th grade will be placed in English language support classes at the level of their language ability based on scores earned on English placement tests after they arrive at WNA.
• Students with upper-intermediate to advanced English language skills needing no ESL support may be invited to enroll directly into the College Preparatory curriculum.
• All international students are required to attain appropriate level English skills in order to enter the College Preparatory curriculum, English and History classes.
Additional Services and Amenities:
• College advising, including visits to colleges and assistance filling out applications
• Travel and VISA assistance
• TOEFL and SAT preparation through evening classes
• Special dinners, trips and events
5 Traits of Successful International Students at WNA:
• Full participation in the school community
• Abiding by the “English only” policy in community areas (classrooms, halls, cafeteria, gym, lounges and other shared areas)
• Speaking English with American and international students from other countries regularly
• Asking for help when they are experiencing academic or personal difficulties
• Completing assignments and turning them in on time
*Students who develop these habits quickly will usually become fluent in English faster and perform at higher levels in their classes.