International Students at Gunston

International students have been part of the Gunston community's fabric since the inception of the school in 1911. International students attend Gunston with the aim of receiving a rigorous, personalized, and nurturing educational experience, as well as gain admission to selective colleges and universities in the United States. Throughout Gunston's history, we have welcomed international students from the countries of Germany, Spain, Poland, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and China, among others. International students at Gunston have the opportunity to experience American life and culture through both our school's curriculum and our varied extracurricular programs. Our international students live with host families within the local community, some of whom are teachers and many of whom have their own children enrolled at Gunston. Because of this, the Gunston experience is highly English-intensive and fully focused on an integration into American culture. It also means that Gunston is a less expensive option than many boarding schools. Our host family program allows for a comfortable, friendly, and safe environment that provides a perfect balance of the American experience and excellent preparation for admission into the most competitive colleges and universities.


Academics Resources

English as a Second Language class (ESOL)

This class is designed to help international students become proficient in the English language and to prepare them for entrance into the school’s standard English and history classes. Through an immersion approach, listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are developed. In addition, students are exposed to American culture and lifestyles.

English Literature Class

This class follows ESOL in sequence and introduces international students to reading complete works of literature and provides careful and thorough instruction in the Gunston writing process. Students who successfully complete the English Literature class are ready to transition into the standard English class for their grade level.

The Gunston Writing Center

The Writing Center is staffed by an English instructor who works directly with the international students on developing their writing skills. Students either work one-to-one with the instructor or in small groups of two or three. The Writing Center is open daily and students are either assigned for sessions by their English teacher or they may drop in for extra help.

Homework Period

Study time is built into the students’ daily schedules giving them the opportunity to complete assignments, prepare for tests, read, conduct research, write papers, or meet with teachers for extra help.

Tutorial Period

Tutorial Period is a daily academic support period open to all students. All classroom teachers participate in tutorial period. Students may elect to attend tutorial to review material or to prepare for upcoming assessments. Teachers may assign students to tutorial when they identify the need for extra help or when the student performance is below course and school expectations. Tutorial is designed to ensure academic success by providing early intervention to students who are experiencing academic difficulty.


TOEFL Tests are offered most weekends throughout the school year. Students can seek guidance from the Director of Global Programs or visit the TOEFL Web site at Registration can be done on-line and must be done in the students name that is on their passport.

SAT Tests

SAT tests are offered throughout the school year. Information on dates and registration for these tests can be obtained from the Gunston College Guidance Office. Registration can be done online through the College Board website:


International students are required to meet the two-season sport requirement each year, and we believe that participation in team sports is one of the most effective ways for international students to facilitate their integration into both the American and the Gunston culture. Students must also attend the required pre-season training for fall team sports. Prior to matriculation, the Director of Global Programs works with the Director of Athletics to coordinate athletics registration.


International students who wish to receive a Gunston diploma must meet the graduation requirements of the school as outlined in the Student Handbook. Applicable credits transfer from other accredited high schools as outlined in the Student Handbook.

English Immersion

International students attend Gunston with the aim of mastering the English-language and gaining admission to colleges and universities in the United States. Therefore, Gunston seeks to be a full-immersion English environment for international students.

The Gunston School is proud to partner with Cambridge Network to ensure the best possible international program. Cambridge Network’s international student program prepares students for life abroad prior to arriving at Gunston and continues to provide international students with on-going support throughout the school year. International students coming from China, South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam must work with Cambridge Network to apply to The Gunston School.

To apply, please complete this form to start the process.

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The Host Family Experience

International students experience daily American home life and increase their cultural awareness by living with host families. In addition to providing a safe, secure environment, meals, and ensuring transportation to/from school, host families care for their student and consider them to be a part of the family. This arrangement ensures an authentic cultural experience for our international students and also enables them to expand their language proficiency outside of their academic program.

Tuition and Fees
International student tuition is inclusive of the academic program, housing, lunch, auxiliary fees, and any applicable agency fees. Students from China, South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam should contact  Cambridge Network for more information.

Students from countries other than China, South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam: Please contact David Henry, Director of Admission at

International students have unique needs, and Gunston is committed to providing our international students and the international program with the appropriate support infrastructure to support their social, emotional, and cultural needs. Currently, the school has a Director of Global Programs, who serves as the primary international student coordinator, and an Assistant International Student Coordinator, who is fluent in Mandarin. 

The Director of Global Programs: should be the first point of contact for almost every issue relating to international students.

The Director of Global Programs David Miller

David Miller


The Associate International Student Coordinator: can assist with native language counseling and direct communication with Chinese families.

The Associate International Student Coordinator Weixing Shepardson

Weixing Shepardson

Assistant Head of School: assists the student with academic scheduling and academic progress reports.

Assistant Head of School at the Gunston School Christie Grabis

Christie Grabis

Headmaster: should be contacted if there are concerns/issues where no satisfactory resolution has been found.

Headmaster of the Gunston School John Lewis

John Lewis