A history of reaching out to the world
From our early days, Darrow School has drawn students from around the world who want a traditional boarding school with remarkable diversity, a warm and welcoming community – and a contemporary approach to education.
Our student body today reflects an approach in which education works best when multiple viewpoints and perspectives are included. Every Darrow student, from America to China, Africa, Europe, and beyond, benefits from the intellectual and cultural points of view exemplified by our students.
We offer a comprehensive, dynamic and supportive program for English language learners that includes both classroom experience as well as individual mentorship with faculty.
Depending on a student’s level of English proficiency, different options are available, but all ESOL students are actively involved in their classrooms, regardless of their ability with the English language. They are an important part of Darrow, and are treated that way.
The ESOL program, with three dedicated faculty, is geared to the strengths of our students and the areas where they need the most support. ESOL courses include ESOL History, Science, and Literature. Typically, students are mainstreamed within two years.
The ESOL program usually begins in mid-August with a two-week English language immersion course, an opportunity for proficiency testing and an orientation to the Darrow campus, community, and culture, and the surrounding New England region.
Darrow School is authorized by the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Information System (SEVIS) to issue the I-20 visa application.
Please note: students must apply to, be admitted to, and agree to enroll at Darrow (to include the submission of an enrollment agreement and appropriate deposit paid) before we may issue the visa application.
After we issue the Form I-20, applicants should schedule the “Initial Entry Visa Interview” with their local U.S. embassy or consulate.
Please check with your U.S. embassy or consulate to determine their policies and procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many international students attend Darrow
How do I apply
Do I need to interview
Is there a minimum TOEFL score for application
What is the nearest airport
How far is Darrow from major cities
Are scholarships or financial aid available for international students
Are there limits or quotas on accepting students from any one country
Are home-stays provided
Are guardians required
How many international students attend Darrow?
Approximately 25% of Darrow’s student body is made up of international students. In recent years, students have come here from Russia, Jamaica, China, Ghana, Mexico, The Bahamas, Taiwan, Italy and Japan. Other students have come to Darrow from Turkey, Ukraine, Nigeria, South Korea, among other places.
How do I apply?
You can download our application from our website here
International students whose first language is not English must also submit scores from a test of English proficiency.
TOEFL or TOEFL jr. scores are accepted, and submission of SSAT scores are optional.
If your country has a different common testing system, please contact us to discuss.
Do I need to interview?
Yes, all applicants must have an interview.
Darrow strongly prefers to conduct interviews on campus. However, we understand that not all students will be able to visit the school during the application process, so we also conduct interviews via Skype, and in-country during international recruitment travel.
Is there a minimum TOEFL score for application?
No. Because we offer a multi-tiered, personalized ESOL program, Darrow is able to consider students with a range of scores. However, for students who wish to enter directly into mainstream classes we are happy to discuss our proficiency guidelines and score indications.
What is the nearest airport?
Albany International Airport (ALB) is 45 minutes away from campus.
Most international students fly into JFK or Boston Logan Airport, located 2.5 hours from Darrow. Bradley International in Hartford, CT, is also easily accessible.
How far is Darrow from major cities?
New York City and Boston are both 2.5 hours from campus. Darrow is located in the central Berkshires region on Mount Lebanon in New Lebanon, NY. For shopping and weekend activities there are also some smaller cities nearby, we are seven miles west of Pittsfield, MA, and 26 miles east of Albany, NY.
Are scholarships or financial aid available for international students?
Darrow School offers financial aid
to qualified students based upon the family’s financial need and the School’s available funds. Darrow’s need-based financial aid program allows the School to seek a diverse student population that reflects a wide range of socioeconomic, experiential, and cultural backgrounds.
Are there limits or quotas on accepting students from any one country?
Our goal is to provide a well rounded education, which means that we want to maintain a student body that is not too heavily represented by any particular country.
Are homestays provided?
Darrow School offers homestay for short-term stays, such as our Summer English Immersion Program or for school breaks during the academic year. We are a boarding school, so we do not offer homestays during the summer or during the academic year.
Are guardians required?
Darrow School does not require stateside guardians, but we have found that it has been quite helpful if a student has a person or family in the U.S. to help with transportation, housing during vacations, and translation and contact with the family.