For more than sixty years, international students have chosen West Nottingham Academy in preparation for American colleges and universities. 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 and diverse student body. International students play a vital role in our community from leading in the classroom, on the sports field, and in the dorm. Our international students are community leaders and are fully engaged and integrated into the wider community.
The international student program’s main focus is to develop and improve international students’ academic language skills so that they are able to be successful in our college-preparation curriculum and as they continue into American colleges and universities. Students are initially enrolled in the ESL program, which based on English language testing scores submitted during the admissions process, as well as at the recommendation of the program director after reviewing recommendations and grades submitted by the student. Some students with advanced English-language skills may not need additional language support and will be placed directly into the college-preparatory curriculum.
Features of the ESL program include:
- Two levels of English preparation at the intermediate (ESL Communications I) and advanced (ESL Communications II) levels.
- ESL content classes in History Humanities (9th grade) and Modern World History (10th and 11th).
- Preparation of language skills include both receptive (reading and listening) and productive (speaking and writing) skills.
- Intensive work in developing and improving grammar and vocabulary.
- Support for work in all other WNA classes, including extra help and tutoring as needed.
- Benchmark testing at the beginning and end of the school year to demonstrate progress in academic English skills.
The international student program will provide additional support in college counseling, travel and VISA assistance, TOEFL and SAT preparation, and special dinners, trips, and events.
Click here to view our International Student Support information sheet.