International Student Program at WNA

An all-encompassing program at one tuition!
**There is no additional cost for ESL support.

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 fully 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.

The International Student Program is a carefully designed program that provides international students with a variety of supports. Beginning with a new student orientation, students enjoy a comprehensive program that covers all areas of school life. Students who are not yet ready to enter a full college-preparatory curriculum, enroll in a rigorous, immersion-based environment for learning English through formal ESL communications classes. Students are initially enrolled in the ESL program based on TOEFL scores and the decision of the admission committee.

For more information about our extensive services, please contact Ms. Tracey Ramey, Director of International Program, at, or a member of our Admission staff at

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. The course is offered at two levels. Specialized features include:

  • English communication to improve speaking and listening skills, in addition to reading, writing, grammar, and learning about American culture.
  • Augmented language skills focus on both English and History.
  • 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.

Students entering WNA 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, as well as the decision of the admission committee.

Students are placed in Communications I or II based on their assessment scores. Students placed in Communications I can expect at least two years of ESL support. Those students placed in Communication II can expect one year of ESL support as long as they earn a B- and score a 70 or higher on an end-of-the-year TOEFL exam.

Some students with advanced English language skills needing no ESL support may be invited to enroll directly into the College Preparatory curriculum, or be supported with special study halls and/or tutoring. This will be determined by English placement tests and the Admission Committee.

Additional Services and Amenities

  • College advising, including visits to colleges and support with college applications.
  • Faculty support of integration and participation in the wider community
  • Travel and VISA assistance
  • TOEFL and SAT preparation
  • School sponsored trips during some vacations
  • Special dinners, trips and events

West Nottingham Academy
1079 Firetower Road
Colora, MD 21917

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phone: (410) 658–5556
fax: (866) 381–3684

Established in 1744, West Nottingham Academy is the oldest boarding school in the United States. We are a 9-12 grade co-educational boarding and day school located in Northeastern Maryland, an hour's drive from either Philadelphia or Baltimore, 90 minutes from Washington DC and just over two hours from New York City.

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