Application Instructions for Non-Native English Speakers

Do I need to apply as a non-native English speaker?

If your primary language of instruction has not been in English for at least the last four years, please complete the supplemental application requirements for non-native English speakers (described below).

Check space availability

There are usually only 6 or 7 openings for new students from any one country or foreign language group. This means that sometimes there are no spaces for new students in the upper grades. Please contact the Admission Office before applying for 10th or 11th grade. We will be happy to advise you about the availability of space for students of your language group.

Supplemental Application Requirements for Non-native English Speakers

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Interview

The best way to get to know George School is to visit. However, we understand that traveling such a long distance to visit campus may be difficult. Therefore, we also offer Skype video interviews. Please email admission@georgeschool.org to schedule an in-person or Skype video interview.

If you are applying from Mainland China, please review additional information about the interview process.

In the event that you cannot schedule an in-person or Skype video interview, please contact Jenna Davis at jdavis@georgeschool.org.

We want to learn more about you and about your English proficiency. The interview will be an opportunity for you to tell us more about yourself and for you to learn more about George School. During the interview, you may be asked to write a short response to an essay question. This written exercise will be one of the items that the Admission Committee will consider while evaluating your readiness for George School. In order to demonstrate your spoken English skills, we may record a small segment of the interview.

Before your interview, please be sure to complete the Inquiry Form online, unless you have already begun your application through Standard Application Online.

TOEFL or IELTS scores

Please send us English language test scores. Scores from one of the following exams are required:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

George School’s TOEFL code: 8138

Please have your TOEFL scores sent directly to George School. (Do not send your copy of test results.)

George School offers admission to students with advanced English language skills. The following chart provides a guideline for the general range of test scores relating to course placement. Standardized tests are only a partial indicator of a student’s English competence. Writing skills, the interview, and test scores are considered in the application process.

TOEFL-InternetIELTSProbable Course
Placement
70-895.5-6.0American Studies
90+6.5+Standard English and History courses

SSAT scores

All applicants must take the SSAT test. Have your scores sent directly to George School (be sure to use our school code 3364). It is important that we receive your SSAT essay along with your scores. Click here to register for the SSAT.

If you live in a country where the SSAT is not available, please contact the Admission Office for assistance.

We recognize that it may be difficult to provide both SSAT and English proficiency test scores. However, in countries where these test are available, students who are able to provide both the SSAT and either the TOEFL or IELTS scores will be given preferential consideration in the application process.

As with every applicant, we look at your SSAT scores and essay in comparison to the grades on your transcript and your application essay. However, because the SSAT is written for native English speakers, we take into consideration that fact when we look at the Verbal and Reading Comprehension scores of students for whom English is not a native language.