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Summer at Stoneleigh-Burnham

Summer English Language Intensive

For students entering grades 7-12

Stoneleigh-Burnham’s English Language Intensive (ELI) is a five-week course of study aimed at helping non-native speakers improve their English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.  ELI goes beyond the classroom to offer weekly travel throughout New England, cultural orientation to U.S. boarding school life, and the chance to forge lifelong friendships.

ELI satisfies Stoneleigh-Burnham’s summer language requirement for most international students. For more advanced speakers, we provide science instruction, TOEFL prep, and a leadership program to prepare girls to make the most of their 11th and 12th grade years.

ELI Program Features

  • Competitive admission and limited enrollment at each skill level
  • Diagnostic testing and placement in appropriate skill levels
  • Student-faculty ratio 4:1
  • Demonstrated success improving students’ English proficiency
  • Science classes which target language skills needed for success in math and scientific environments, especially lab-based work
  • Personalized progress reports, including teacher’s comments
  • Extra help sessions and supervised evening study hall
  • Trips to New England cultural centers, including Boston, Cape Cod, and prestigious U.S. colleges and universities
  • Afternoon recreational activities
  • A schedule compatible with the start of school at most U.S. boarding schools, eliminating the need for multiple flights home over the summer

ELI is led by Charlotte Hogan, Director of Stoneleigh-Burnham’s EL program. A graduate of Boston University’s Bilingual Education and ESL program, Charlotte has a rich background in teaching and youth development, including work with Outward Bound, the Peace Corps, Northfield Mount Hermon and Stoneleigh-Burnham schools. Charlotte has lived overseas in India and Argentina, and coaches basketball and soccer at Stoneleigh-Burnham.

Charlotte leads a team of Stoneleigh-Burnham faculty and teaching interns who offer daily instruction, recreation options, and supervision in our residence halls. All staff are chosen for their experience with international students, their teaching ability, and their commitment to girls’ learning in an international community.

A sample daily schedule includes:

7:30 am  Breakfast in the Dining Hall

8:30 am  English class

10:30 am Science class

12:00 pm Lunch in the Dining Hall

1:00 pm  American Culture class

2:30 pm  Extracurricular activities: Photography, Sports, Cooking, Literature

4:00 pm  Swimming and outdoor activities

5:30 pm  Dinner in the Dining Hall

6:30 pm  Residential activities (crafts, movies, music, trips off-campus, etc.)

7:30 pm  Study Hall

9:30 pm  Quiet time on the hall

10:30 pm Bedtime

Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s ELI program has a long history of helping students meet their goals of finding mainstream success in U.S. boarding schools, and eventually gaining admission to selective universities at home or in the U.S.

Contact William Therrien, Director of Summer Programs, for more information.