INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAM
Part of what makes PCS such a dynamic school is our diverse student body. We have students from around the world who come here to study while they pursue their artistic goals. Approximately 15% of our student population is made up of international students from countries including Japan, Korea, France, China, Israel and Taiwan, just to name a few. PCS provides these students with a specialized course of study for non-native English speakers.
The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program includes ESL I, ESL II, ESL History, and ESL Science. There are two levels of ESL which focus on developing the four main skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking for the academic and non-academic environment. The two periods of ESL per day reinforce the structures students use in their other academic subjects. Learning takes place in small groups with an emphasis on English for communication. An integral component of the ESL program is a focus on American culture and issues pertaining to the experience of being an international student.
Most new ESL students also enroll in math, science, ESL History, and physical education. Students also have the option of studying music, drama, and visual arts. With the exception of English, history, and science, ESL students are integrated into mainstream courses taken by English-speaking students as quickly as possible. PCS offers various bridge courses designed to connect the ESL offerings and the mainstream courses in Upper School. In recent years these have included Introduction to Literature, American Nation, and ESL Statistics.