International Education

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, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Poland, Russia, Peru, Chad, Thailand, Indonesia, Hungary, Taiwan, French Guyana, China, Azerbaijan, Madagascar, Saudi Arabia, American Samoa, Iran, Singapore, Turkey, Brazil, Canada, Austria, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Mala.

International students wishing to participate in this program must:

  1. be between 13 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

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 tracks 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.


A special ESL 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 ESL 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 ESL Courses

Placement is based on students receiving a score between 38 and 43 on the TOEFL and/or equivalent exam, writing, test, and personal interview.

AREA 2: Advanced ESL Courses

Placement is based on successful completion of Intermediate ESL courses with a minimum grade of 70% in each course (for returning students) and/or receiving a score of 43-55 on the paper-based 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.