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International Students

International students make up 19% of our high school.

Each student has an individual adviser to assist with course selection, time management and school transition. Although we are a day school, residential recommendations can be made either through a local agency's housing options or through a host-family network. 

International Student Dean

Ms. Weng teaches English as a Second Language and Mandarin Chinese at Staten Island Academy.  She also works as the International Student Dean, whose main responsibilities are to advocate for international students and to support their transition to the life here in the United States.  Ms. Weng has considerable knowledge and experience in international education and in teaching and supporting international students.  She was once an international student herself and thus truly understands the challenges that international students face while studying in the U.S.  Ms. Weng believes in the great potential of all international students and is passionate about helping them to succeed.  Ms. Weng received her Bachelor of Arts from University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China and her Master of Education from Harvard University.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking and music.

The Academy's location, just 30 minutes from Manhattan, offers our 350 students many opportunities to explore New York City.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

All new Grade 8, 9 and 10 international students are required to take this year long course.

The ESL course is designed to improve the academic English skills of English language learners (ELLs) as well as to help them adapt to the requirements of the Western academic culture.  This course is considered a high-level English language development course.

Specifically, this course supports ELLs in: 1) Academic reading skills and strategies; 2) Academic writing skills and strategies; 3) Academic vocabulary acquisition; 4) Listening comprehension; 5) Academic talk and discussion skills and strategies; 6) Important grammar topics (covered within the context of reading and writing); 7) Study skills that are essential to the academic success here in the U.S.