International Exchange Students
From the Director of International Admissions;
“Welcome!, My name is Julie Zapata and I’m the Director of International Admissions. I will be the main contact for international student agency representatives as your students explore our programs and community. I ask that you encourage prospective students to explore our entire school website to give them a summary of what our school can offer them for an American educational experience. Whether they come for just one year or come with the expectation of graduating with us from high school, I will be the resource for students and their agencies for any needs that might arise. I welcome the opportunity to assist you!” – Julie
Arlington Country Day provides an educational experience for exchange students from around the world!
Over 10% of the current student-body is made up of our international students!
Located close to the beach in sunny Jacksonville, Florida, we provide a wonderful living and learning experience for international students while they are staying here with us!
Arlington Country Day School is approved by the United States Immigration Department and the Student Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS) to issue I-20 forms to students to study in the United States.
We offer English as a Second Language Program for all Foreign Exchange Students.
Our English Department is dedicated to developing our English Language Learning (ELL) students to a level of fluency in English that will allow them to be successful at Arlington Country Day, at the university level and beyond. We work in conjunction with the English department and other academic departments to ensure that the students who are in the English as a Second Language Program are able to seamlessly integrate into the other courses offered at Arlington Country Day.
The English as a Second Language Program offers 3 levels of English Language Courses:
Level 1 courses have been developed to address the needs of emerging English speakers; typically students whose first language is not English and who have had very little English language experience. In Level 1 students will receive intensive instruction in English in a completely immersed program. These students follow a 6 period schedule which includes 4 different English courses addressing the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students are placed in regular math class according to their placement test scores, giving them a chance to be in a class with native English speakers in a non-language based subject. The 6th period is study hall which will allow them to practice their English, complete homework and do extra study as needed.
Level 2 students continue learning English, at a faster pace, with more focus on developing content as well as skills. Students are also able to take introductory courses in American History, American Government and Science. These introductory courses support the developments of English language skills while providing the students with the content knowledge that they will need to enter higher level courses.
Level 3 Progressive Courses consist of a literature and a composition class. Taken together these courses prepare students for higher level English courses as well as the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (TOEFL). These courses also count towards the English credit for graduation. Students taking these courses also take Introduction to World History and any other regular courses that the school has to offer.
All foreign exchange students are evaluated for English Language Proficiency and placed in appropriate levels within the first few days of arrival at Arlington County Day. Placement is based upon:
- Proficiency test scores (SLEP, CELLA, TOEFL)
- Teacher recommendation from previous schools
- Years of education in English language
- Recommendations of the Dean
- Recommendations of English Department teachers
Typically, we can expect our students to move through one level each semester, while some students may move at a faster or slower rate depending upon the effort and dedication they put into their studies. More intensive classes are also available.
For more information on International Program
Please call Julie Zapata, Director of International Admissions; (651) 334-1051 or (904) 762-0123
Please click the links below for our International Student Applications
This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.
The following link is for International Placement Agencies regarding general agreement information.