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International Program

The Kennedy Catholic International High School Program hosts students from all corners of the world including Japan, Spain, Korea, Germany, Australia, Denmark, Italy, France, Ethiopia, Canada, Sweden, American Brazil, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Poland, Russia, Peru, Chad, Thailand, Indonesia, Hungary, Taiwan, French Guyana, and China, Azerbaijan, and Madagascar.

International students wishing to participate in this program must:

1) be between 14 and 18 years of age at the time of application
2) possess a valid passport and student visa
3) furnish school transcripts for the last three years
4) have at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA
5) obtain a letter of recommendation from two teachers
6) obtain evaluations from their current math and English teachers

International students wishing to benefit from the American education experience as well as learn English as a foreign language may enroll in this program. Three pathways are offered for foreign students, and each gives a unique opportunity to learn the language and culture of the United States. International students will receive letter grades (A, B, C, D, and F) for courses in which they are enrolled at Kennedy Catholic. A diploma from Kennedy Catholic High School may be awarded if all Kennedy Catholic graduation and residency requirements are met. Residency requirements mean that Seniors (grade 12) must take and pass 7 Kennedy Catholic courses during Senior year. For international students wishing to attend college in the US, completion of the EFL (English as a Foreign Language) course will count as 1 credit of English.

ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE CURRICULUM

A special EFL curriculum has been created for international students who need help in English language skills (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) on levels appropriate to their abilities and needs. Full credit is granted to the international students for successful completion of all EFL courses. International students will be placed into one of three areas of course studies based on the results of the TOEFL or an equivalent exam, writing test, and personal interview.

AREA 1: INTERMEDIATE EFL COURSES

Placement is based on students receiving a score between 37 and 43 on the TOEFL and/or equivalent exam, writing, test, and personal interview.

AREA 2: ADVANCED EFL COURSES

Placement is based on successful completion of Intermediate EFL courses with a minimum grade of 70% in each course (for returning students) and/or receiving a score of 43 or higher on the TOEFL and/or equivalent exam, writing test, and personal interview.

AREA 3: STANDARD PROGRAM OF STUDIES

In order for international students to be placed in standard courses at Kennedy Catholic, students must receive a score of 60 or higher on the TOEFL exam, produce a well written essay in English on a given topic, and receive a C or better in previous courses.

AREA 1: INTERMEDIATE EFL COURSES

LA1003 - INTERMEDIATE EFL GRAMMAR (FULL YEAR)

Students will develop skills through listening, speaking, reading, and writing exercises.

LA1005 - INTERMEDIATE EFL LITERATURE (FULL YEAR)

Students will be introduced to various literary genres through reading and writing short stories, plays, poems, and other works.

LA1027 - INTERMEDIATE EFL COMMUNICATIONS/READING (FULL YEAR)

Students will develop verbal skills and learn to communicate in English through pair and group work activities. Native language speakers will assist student learning.

SS1108 - INTERMEDIATE EFL US HISTORY (FULL YEAR)

Students will study the development of the United States from its conception as a nation to present day.

RE1101 - INTERMEDIATE EFL WORLD RELIGIONS/PHILOSOPHY (FULL YEAR)

Students will study a wide variety of world religions, beliefs, customs, and events.

TWO ELECTIVE COURSES

Two electives in the regular school program from a specific list determined by the department chairperson (Mathematics, Physical Education, or Fine Arts [Band, Orchestra, Choir, or Art]).

AREA 2: ADVANCED EFL COURSES

LA1123 - ADVANCED EFL WRITER’S WORKSHOP (FULL YEAR)

Students will continue preparation for the TOEFL exam by practicing test taking strategies and refining their English reading and listening skills and knowledge of correct grammar. In addition, students will practice a variety of writing types focusing particularly on the kind of writing they will be asked to perform on the TOEFL exam.

SS1239 - ADVANCED EFL WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY/US GOVERNMENT (SEMESTER)

One quarter fulfills the state requirement of Pacific Northwest history study and includes specific historical events in Washington State. Contemporary Washington State government and industry are also studied. The following quarter focuses on United States government with an emphasis on a study of the Constitution.

SS1237 - ADVANCED EFL GEOGRAPHY (SEMESTER)

This course is a survey of world geography and emphasizes cartography, the study of contemporary societies, and global interconnectedness. Units of this course also compliment previous US History courses.

RE1121 - ADVANCED EFL JESUS CHRIST: REVELATION, MISSION, AND MINISTRY (FULL YEAR)

This course gives students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures: its authorship, its value in people’s lives, its major sections, and the books included in each section. Through particular attention to the Gospels, students will encounter God’s ultimate Revelation, the living Word of God, Jesus Christ.

LA1243 - ADVANCED EFL LITERATURE (FULL YEAR)

Students will develop reading skills through the study of various genres of literature: short stories, poems, nonfiction works, etc. They will also produce a variety of writings in both expository and creative styles.

LA1031 - INTERNATIONAL WRITING LAB (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisite: Department chairperson approval.
In this course, international students will study aspects of the writing process from research and analysis to note taking, interviewing, organizing, writing, peer editing, and rewriting. Students will learn to produce clear, thoughtful, effective essays and articles on current issues along with various types of reviews. Students will also continue their study of language, grammar, and vocabulary. For international students taking this course, writing support will be provided. This course is an English elective.

THREE ELECTIVE COURSES

Three electives in the regular school program from a specific list determined by the department chairperson.