International Program

We welcome international students with open minds and hearts.

We cultivate a deliberately small and highly effective English Language Support (ELS) program that annually sponsors F1 visas for approximately 25 students to study in Upper School. All our international students are enrolled in the same classes as their American peers. Additionally, an International Studies Coordinator, who provides English language support as well as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) preparation, is available to guide them through their studies.

Most international students attend Park to prepare for four years at a college or university in the United States. Their time here enables them to gain mastery of both academic and colloquial English. One hundred percent of our graduates are accepted to college, including our international students.

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Take a look at our International Program brochure to learn even more about our program!

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International Students Thrive at Park

Our small class size and emphasis on community enables students to build relationships with our dedicated, caring, and talented teachers who mentor and support them academically and socially. Several of our teachers have lived and taught overseas and help our students with the transition to living internationally. As a result, our students excel academically and are accepted to prestigious universities. Not only do our international students thrive academically, but many also become leaders in our school's student government, having earned the respect of their classmates. In addition, international students have played leading roles in theatrical productions and participated in many varsity sports. Our International Program is an essential part of who we are and our students become and remain part of the Park family.

Over the years, we have developed a very successful, rewarding, and academically challenging program for international students. 100% of our graduating international students are accepted to college. Recent admissions have included:

  • Skidmore College
  • Emory University
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Illinois
  • UCLA
  • University of California
  • Purdue University
  • SUNY at Buffalo
  • Ohio State University
  • Michigan State University
  • American University
  • University of Delaware
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Centre College
  • Fordham University
  • Boston College
  • Indiana University
  • Suffolk University

International Students are Part of the Family

Host families go through a rigorous selection process and are expected to provide support and guidance to help students mature, become independent, and prepare for college. Most host families are either our own faculty members, parents of current or past students, or have close ties to the School. Host parents are adults of all ages, marital status, races, and ethnicities. Some have children and pets living at home as well.

International student with host family

International students at Niagara Falls

Our Curriculum

Park is committed to the Progressive model of education which focuses on personal attention, hands-on learning, and encouraging students to explore their individual strengths and talents. Park students learn by doing, which helps them foster the self-discipline, self-reliance, and critical thinking skills to succeed in college and beyond. Park’s curriculum challenges students by offering Advanced Placement and honors courses in each discipline, a variety of electives, and advanced courses that can be taken for college credit.

Park School at a Glance

  • Competitive college placement with 100% of students accepted to college
  • Personalized college counseling
  • Progressive, independent Prekindergarten through Grade 12 day school founded in 1912
  • Recent international students have come from China, Nigeria, Turkey, and the United Kingdom
  • 34 acre (13.75 hectare) campus with woods, marsh, pond, stream, and waterfall
  • 14 buildings, including academic facilities, library, theatre, two gymnasiums, greenhouse, and creative arts building with two painting studios, ceramics studio, photography lab, and woodshop
  • New state-of-the-art science facility provides outdoor learning opportunities
  • 1:8 faculty to student ratio
  • Average section/class size: 15 students

International students on a trip