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Portledge welcomes international students to apply for admission. At Portledge School, international students receive a foundation that makes them well-prepared to enter and compete in America’s top universities. Small class sizes and exceptional faculty offer individualized attention and the support needed for students to excel in an American college preparatory environment.

Homestay Placement

Homestay programs arrange for international students to live with local families in their host countries. In a homestay program, you will typically have your own room, but join the family for meals and take part in their normal daily routine. In most cases, host families tend to be families that have younger or teenage children themselves, but homestays can actually be offered by anyone. We look to place students with Portledge families or in the local community. Host families often choose to offer homestays because it’s a great way for their own children to live with international students and be exposed to different cultures.

  • The International Student Coordinator at Portledge School will match each student with a suitable screened host family for placement after the student is accepted.
  • Portledge School will then notify each student or their representative about the placement.

Approach to Learning for International Students Program (ALFIS)

ESL classes are offered at an additional fee in order to give international students an extra layer of support in English and academic subjects.

All new international students at Portledge School entering 9th through 12th grades for whom English is not their first language will be required to take at least one year of ALFIS. All year-one students will be enrolled in the 5-day cycle program; each individual student’s level may be adjusted in year two. The student will meet the teacher during the school day.

In 9th through 12th grades, if a student would like to opt out of the program after the first year, they will need to either score a 90 on the TOEFL (with at least a 23 in each subcategory) or complete the school year with a final grade of A- or better in English. For students in Lower and Middle School, two years of ALFIS will be required. After two years a formal decision will be made by the Lower or Middle School Division Director, in consultation with faculty as to whether or not a student will be required to continue in the program.

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    Michael Coope 

    Portledge School
    Director of Admissions
    (516) 750-3202
  • Photo of Kim Baratoff

    Kim Baratoff 

    Portledge School
    Assistant Director of Admissions, Coordinator of Financial Assistance
    (516) 750-3203
  • Photo of Melissa Worth

    Melissa Worth 

    Portledge School
    Admissions Associate
    (516) 750-3104

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