International Student Program

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The Wilberforce School at a Glance

Academics

  • Private school in Princeton, founded in 2005
  • Small class size (average 15 students) with exceptional academic standards
  • Advanced curriculum that is taught one grade level ahead
  • All Upper School classes are taught at an honors or AP level
  • Excellent SAT and ACT scores, higher than national and regional averages
  • English language immersion and one-on-one ESL support
  • Study alongside American students in every class
  • Advanced STEM and MATLAB classes, taught by former NASA researcher
  • Support throughout the college application process
  • 100% matriculation at four-year colleges
  • Fine arts built into the core curriculum for all grade levels


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Campus Life

  • Beautiful campus, including grounds for track, cross country, basketball, swimming, and more
  • Exceptional after-school programs, including STEM, debate, music, and more
  • Ever-increasing selection of student-led extracurriculars

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Location

  • Located minutes away from Princeton University
  • Easy access to airports (PHL: 50 minutes, JFK: 90 minutes)
  • Close proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington,DC
  • Short commute to Columbia University, New York University,University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, and many other prominent institutions


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Host Families

The Wilberforce School is not a boarding school; Wilberforce international students live with relatives or host families from our school community. Host families provide a “home away from home” for our international students.

  • All host families undergo a thorough application process, including criminal background checks, to ensure that students are in a safe and caring environment.
  • Host families provide meals and transportation to school and extracurricular activities.
  • Host families support their students’ academic success.
  • Host families treat the student as a member of their family.
  • The Wilberforce School supervises arrangements frequently.

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Our Educational Method

At The Wilberforce School, we highly value our tight-knit, supportive community. Our small class sizes, with a 15:1 student to teacher ratio, ensure that each student is thoroughly known and incorporated into a vibrant community of learners. By accepting international students, we welcome a range of cultures, skills, and backgrounds to make our classroom a global experience, as well as an academically rigorous one.

international studentsInternational students at Wilberforce are fully immersed into life as an American high school student. With our small class sizes, strong sense of camaraderie between students, classrooms centered on discussion and participation, and vast range of after-school activities and athletics, international students are supported through every step of their upper school journey. They benefit from the exceptionally high academic standards, individual ESL tutoring, one-on-one college guidance and application support, and supportive host families that commit to helping international students succeed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for applying?

We accept students on a rolling basis, and continue to admit students until our classes are full. That being said, we recommend applying by the end of July in order to ensure enough time to complete the student visa process.

Does Wilberforce require any entrance exams?

Yes, international students are required to take the Upper School entrance exam, which includes math, writing, and ESL competency. The exam may be taken remotely. We also ask for a TOEFL score. Please contact the Admissions Director for more information.

How does Wilberforce conduct student interviews?

We are happy to schedule an in-person interview and a campus tour, or to offer a Skype interview at a convenient time. Students will be asked questions regarding their interest in studying abroad, interest in Wilberforce school, and academic and extracurricular strengths. Students and parents may also ask their own questions during the interview.

Does Wilberforce offer ESL?

Yes, every international student is paired with an ESL tutor for classroom and conversational help. Sessions focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and are individually tailored to each student’s needs. Students meet with their ESL tutors for one hour four days per week.

How do I apply?

Visit our Apply Now page for more information, or you are welcome to email our Admissions Director with any further questions.

How much is international tuition?

Tuition is $35,000 per year for international students who require ESL support. Please contact our Admissions Office for more details.

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For families interested in international admission, please contact our Admissions Director, or call 609.924.6117.