Academics for International Students
Founded in 1961, the Fairfax Christian School hosts the Washington, D.C., area’s premier international student program for lower, middle and high school students. Located in the safe Virginia suburbs, in the heart of America’s wealthiest jurisdictions, near Washington–Dulles International Airport, the Fairfax Christian School's new campus provides students exceptional facilities in a tranquil environment. International students live with a local host family, or with friends or family members in the Washington, D.C., area.
The Fairfax Christian School’s international student program is unique. Our English as a Second Language (ESL) program uses a university–prep curriculum.
Students go beyond the basics taught in a standard English language program.
At the Fairfax Christian School, students receive an intensive, comprehensive curriculum that ensures students read, write and speak at a university level. Students take TOEFL–prep classes and Advanced Placement (AP) classes for university credit.
Fairfax Christian School’s international students receive a foundation that makes them well prepared to enter and compete in America’s top universities.
The Fairfax Christian School is also the home of USA Compete. Students can take classes in American Culture (including etiquette) and American Economic Freedom. This allows students to explore and develop a foundation far beyond a standard ESL program. Students will assimilate quickly into American life and gain cultural knowledge that will enable them to thrive in American university systems.
Learning English Well
The Fairfax Christian School offers a vast array of English classes that allow each student to have a customized program that ensures skills are mastered. Once students complete or place out of the ESL classes, they take honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes with our American students.
International students take comprehensive placement tests when they arrive at the Fairfax Christian School. They are then placed in the appropriate classes for their ESL courses in reading, writing and speech. Students are placed in science, history and Bible classes based on their reading and comprehension level.
Placement tests in mathematics are also given. Students take their mathematics classes with the American students. These include classes in basic arithmetic, Pre–Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Advanced Mathematics (Pre–Calculus, Functions, Analytical Geometry) , AP Calculus BC and Linear Algebra.
Required courses in physical education and electives of the student’s choice are taken with the American students.