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:
- be between 13 and 18 years of age at the time of application
- possess a valid passport and student visa
- furnish school transcripts for the last three years
- have at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA
- 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.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CURRICULUM
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.
- LA1003 - INTERMEDIATE ESL GRAMMAR (FULL YEAR)
- LA1005 - INTERMEDIATE ESL LITERATURE (FULL YEAR)
- LA1027 - INTERMEDIATE ESL COMMUNICATIONS/READING (FULL YEAR)
- SS1108 - INTERMEDIATE ESL US HISTORY (FULL YEAR)
- RE1101 - INTERMEDIATE ESL WORLD RELIGIONS/PHILOSOPHY (FULL YEAR)
- TWO ELECTIVE COURSES
- LA1123 - ADVANCED ESL WRITER’S WORKSHOP (FULL YEAR)
- SS1239 - ADVANCED ESL WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY/US GOVERNMENT (SEMESTER)
- SS1237 - ADVANCED ESL GEOGRAPHY (SEMESTER)
- RE1121 - ADVANCED ESL JESUS CHRIST: REVELATION, MISSION, AND MINISTRY (FULL YEAR)
- LA1243 - ADVANCED ESL LITERATURE (FULL YEAR)
- LA1031 - INTERNATIONAL WRITING LAB (FULL YEAR)
- THREE ELECTIVE COURSES
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.
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.
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.
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.