The Knox School has a long tradition of welcoming students from around the world. International students come from 15 different countries to call “Our Home Beside the Shore” their home away from home. Over the years, we have welcomed international students from Greece, Serbia, Turkey, Vietnam, Egypt, Tunisia, China, Russia, Colombia, South Sudan, Korea, Italy, Spain, and Lithuania to name a few. International students at Knox participate in every aspect of campus life, from student council to community outreach to the performing arts. At Knox we are proud to celebrate the different cultures and backgrounds our international students bring to campus.
Knox provides international students, parents, and consultants with a thorough support system. Guidance and support is available to international students from faculty members, advisors, and dorm parents. Students receive academic support through our ESL Program, TOEFL & SAT prep, and individualized academic assistance through our BOOST Academic Support Program.
The admissions process is the same for international and domestic students. However, students whose first language is not English are expected to take the TOEFL exam or alternative English proficiency test such as Duolingo or the iTEP exam in addition to the other required tests. If a student is unable to travel to campus during the admissions process, interviews can be conducted by Skype or Zoom and are available by appointment.
The Knox ENL Program provides a comprehensive study of both spoken and written English to international students in need of such instruction. The ENL program enables these students to converse with ease in English and prepares students for the TOEFL, SAT and other standardized testing in preparation for admission to selective American colleges and universities.
- ENL classes are small and are offered for a variety of ability levels.
- A low student-to-teacher ratio encourages accelerated learning.
- Extra help is available from subject area specialists.
- Advisors regularly meet with each ENL student to review individual progress and provide academic guidance and emotional support.
- ENL students interact extensively with English-speaking students in mainstream classes, at arranged-seating dinner tables, and on sports teams, as well as during school activities, field trips and leisure time.
For more information on the ENL courses please see ESL Program
International applicants are required to submit the SSAT exam scores for academic evaluation and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or iTEP*.
The Knox School Code for the SSAT: 4436
The Knox School Code for the TOEFL: 8491
*iTEP does not require a School Code.
At Knox, students make friends from around the globe. Our students above hail from Serbia, Montenegro, Turkey, Spain and Vietnam.
Our gymnasium at Bancroft-Phinney Hall proudly displays flags that represent each international student. These flags also play a key roll in our annual commencement activities.