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High School Pathways
High School Preparation Program

Key information

Start dates:
January, March, June, September
Course length:
1–5 terms
Class size range:
Maximum 15
25 hours of lessons per week

Entry requirements

Conditionally admitted to Boarding School Bridge Program or American College Bridge Program
TOEFL iBT 20 or equivalent
Minimum age:

Age range:  12-14 for pre-Boarding School Bridge, 16-18 for pre-American College Bridge

High School Pathways at Rutgers Prep

High School Pathways at Rutgers Prep

The program

The High School Preparation Program (HSPP) is delivered at the Kings International Study Center on the campus of Rutgers Prep. It is carefully designed to provide the perfect preparation for a US High School education, developing the English language and study skills required to work effectively alongside American students. Flexibility is built into the Program so that students can join at different points throughout the year, and study for as long as they need dependent on their language level.

Learning outcomes

  • Development of key academic skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking to an appropriate standard for success at Rutgers Prep
  • Development of vocabulary in key subject areas
  • Development of key learning, teamwork and research skills
  • Knowledge of the US education system and society.

Direct progression to the main school

Once students have successfully completed the High School Preparation Program they will progress seamlessly to either the Boarding School Bridge Program, or the American College Bridge Program, at Rutgers Prep.

Program content

English for Academic Study

This component will ensure students:

  • acquire specialized language in subject areas such as math and science
  • become acquainted with the style of language and vocabulary appropriate for high school level coursework
  • develop strategies for completing academic reading and listening tasks
  • practice report-writing in particular subject areas
  • participate in group discussions learning to express ideas and opinions
  • respond to and summarize written works in English
  • have a solid introduction to social language norms and how young people in the US communicate with one another

2. Study and Organizational Skills

This component will ensure students:

  • set personal goals to manage time and deadlines for assigned projects
  • practice note-taking in academic classes
  • identifying the main ideas and supporting details in articles
  • undertake effective group work practice
  • review the variety of learning strategies used to successfully study in an English speaking environment
  • practice peer review of academic work
  • develop technology skills in the classroom

3. Introduction to Academic Subject Areas

This component will ensure students:

  • attend lectures on academic subjects
  • participate in discussions and debates on academic subjects