Q) How large is the International Program at Rutgers Preparatory School?
A) Cultural, ethnic and religious diversity is inherent at Rutgers Prep. More than 40 different languages are spoken in our students' homes and a large percentage of our students have one or more parents who were born overseas. Therefore, International Students feel at home at RPS. For the school year 2016-2017, it is expected that approximately 12% of the 375 Upper School Students will be International.
Q) Is the admission procedure different for International Students?
A) International applicants are expected to follow the guidelines for admission to RPS as outlined in our Procedure for Admission. In addition to the required SSAT, a TOEFL score should be submitted, prior to an interview. When a face to face interview cannot be accomplished, the interview is conducted via SKYPE. A second SKYPE interview may be requested and a writing sample must be submitted. This might be a graded writing sample from the applicant's school or a timed writing sample during the interview.
TOEFL Code - 7658
SSAT Code - 6202
Q) What is the minimum TOEFL score?
A) We require scores to be 85 or higher (grades 9 & 10)
Q) What is the minimum SSAT score/TOEFL Jr. Score?
A) We require the SSAT for International Students and consider the TOEFL Jr. for students applying to grades 7 & 8. We do not have a minimum score expectation at this time. We will consider all scores as we gather data for the future.
Q) What if I cannot find a test center for the SSAT near my home?
A) If there is not a test center accessible to you, please contact Mrs. Klipstein in the Admission Office to hear about other options. It may be recommended that you take a SLEP or TOEFL test or find an alternative way to access the SSAT.
Q) How does your homestay program work?
A) Rutgers Preparatory School has a highly regarded homestay program for International Students. International Students live in the homes of host families and enjoy the benefits of American family life. Students are immersed in English language and all aspects of American culture. They follow house rules as outlined by the host family. For the school year 2016-17, the cost of the homestay program for the academic year is $16,500 which includes daily expenses. Host families are not expected to pay for clothing, luxury items, or extravagant travel and recreation expenses.
Q) My parents are concerned about safety. What is the process for choosing host families?
A) First, families ask to be considered as a host family. After an interview and a rigorous background check, host families are chosen. Families at Rutgers Prep view hosting an International Student as an educational and rewarding experience.
Q) How will my host family be chosen for me?
A) During the SKYPE interview, you will be asked questions about your preferences for a host family (i.e., likes, dislikes, habits, hobbies, family size, pets, location of home, etc.). The homestay coordinator does her best to match families and students according to these preferences.
Q) When applying to US colleges and/or universities, how do colleges deal with requests for financial assistance from International Students?
A) Each college or university has its own policies regarding financial aid. Many colleges restrict grants, scholarships, loans, and financial aid to US citizens. International Students who will need financial support in order to attend college in the US may find that a student's demonstrated financial need, in addition to academic and personal qualities, may be a determining factor.
Q) My school session is over in March. May I apply for admission for the Spring?
A) No, Rutgers Prep's school year runs from September to June. We do not accept mid-year entry.
Q) When will I receive my I-20?
A) Rutgers Preparatory School issues I-20s beginning in early May for students who have applied, been accepted, and enrolled with the required initial 10% deposit, passport copy and financial documentation. Interviews at the embassies will be conducted in English as RPS is identified as a school without an ESL program. Arrival to the US should be planned for late August as classes begin in September.
Q) What kind of support will I receive when I arrive at Rutgers Prep?
A) All students have an academic advisor assigned to them and access to a guidance counselor. Advisors meet with students every Thursday until the student graduates. An International Dean of Students is assigned to the International Program, and develops an ongoing supportive relationship with each student. There is a Homestay Coordinator, overseeing the Homestay Program, who offers support and guidance. College Counselors begin to work with the students midway through the student’s eleventh grade year. Additionally, with our low student/teacher ratio, students will find that teachers are accessible for extra help.
Q) If I have enrolled for the 2016-17 school year, when should I arrive in New Jersey?
A) International Student 2016-2017 recommended dates for Arrival in NJ are as follows:
Grade 9: NEW and RETURNING, please arrive on or before August 23, 2016.
Grades 7, 8, 10, 11: NEW, please arrive on or before August 29, 2016.
Grades 10, 11, 12: RETURNING, please arrive on or before August 29, 2016.
Grade 8: RETURNING, please arrive on or before September 3, 2016.
Q) What do I need to bring with me to the United States to complete my health examination?
A) It is a New Jersey law that a student must be examined by a New Jersey physician. A school representative and/or the homestay family will take care of arranging your doctor’s appointment. Please have your parent complete the parent portion of the History Form. It is necessary that you bring your immunization record and your health history, including documentation of any Tuberculosis (TB) screening, and, if positive, and chest x-ray report.
Q) Whom do I contact regarding my application?