American Culture and Language Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Are there any requirements to be accepted?

    All levels of English ability are accepted: from a student who knows very little English to a student who is more advanced. TOEFL scores are not required unless a students wants to be in the Advanced ACLI track and then that TOEFL score can be between 78 - 80.  We allow students who are age 12 to be in the program, but they have to be a day student. To board, students must be age 13 at the start of the program on July 16. Please follow the instructions on the online application and have the necessary documents completed.
  • How are students placed in ability levels in the program?

    Students are grouped based on their ability into one of three levels: beginner, intermediate, or advanced. We call these Level I, II, II (Honors) or Level III. Our program staff will test all students enrolled to determine appropriate placement. You may be exempt from this testing if you submitted a recent TOEFL score as part of your application. Testing is held the first day of the program.
  • How is the day structured?

    ACLI students study English in the classroom Monday through Friday. During each day students study grammar, writing, vocabulary, reading, and work on their speaking and listening skills in the goal of maximizing their potential and experiencing individual growth. Small group work and individual attention are key to the success of this program.  Day trips are incorporated into the curriculum.

    Language immersion is combined with an examination of American culture each day. Program instructors, who are E.S.L. specialists, incorporate skill-building exercises into their daily lesson plans. Students can expand vocabulary, raise the level of reading comprehension, and improve written compositions. Reading and writing assignments introduce students to American literature and themes in United States history. Upper level students are given some preparation for the T.O.E.F.L. (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Examination, and some students may take a course in Summer School if the student demonstrates the necessary English proficiency.
  • What do students do after class?

    If the student is a day student, pick up time is at 3:00 p.m. unless the program is on a trip and the pick up time may be later in the evening.  All students can choose activities that include weight training and conditioning, games and sports, or board games and relaxation time all at various locations on campus. Video gaming and board games will be offered in an air-conditioned student center.  Off-campus trips may also be planned throughout the week. 
  • What trips are part of the program?

    Traveling off campus during the three -week session is a major component of the curriculum. Before each trip, teachers prepare students for the trip and will assign specific homework related to the trip. During the program, students travel throughout the Princeton area, to local landmarks, and major cities. Trips are planned to enhance the student’s learning of American culture and provide an opportunity to practice speaking English.
  • Who should enroll?

    All levels of English ability are accepted. International students interested in making the transition from schools in their home country to college preparatory schools in America will find the ACLI program ideally suited to their needs. The program’s structure will also benefit students interested in interim study in America before returning to regular academic pursuits in their home country. American students may also apply to continue with ESL after their school year has ended. Enrollment from one particular country is limited to achieve a broad international representation.

Questions about Boarding

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  • What age does a student have to be to board for summer school?

    Students have to be age 13 to live on campus in the summer.  We will accept students up to age 18.  
  • What is required of a boarding student?

    The boarding program is from July 15 to August 3.  Boarding students arrive on Sunday, July 15. As a boarder, students need to take two  enrichment classes, and a third period Writing or History Intensive, or extra help. Boarding students cannot enroll in a credit course. A variety of enrichment courses are listed on our website under Summer School. Boarding students must be in class both periods of the academic day, along with the Writing and History Intensive or extra help. The academic day ends at 3:00 p.m. Boarding students must also enroll in afternoon activities that begin at 3:00 p.m. The boarding program includes class instruction, room and board, and all afternoon and weekend activities.  
  • Do your dorms have air-conditioning?

    Poe Dorm will house our summer boarders. This dorm is not air-conditioned.  Students are advised to bring their own  fan for maximum comfort.  All of the commons areas: student center, dining hall, classrooms, and lounges have air-conditioning.
  • How many students are in each room?

    Two students are assigned to a room.  Each room includes two beds (XL twin mattress, two dressers, two desks, and two wardrobes. After acceptance, students will receive information on what items to bring to make their room comfortable and personal.
  • Will linens be offered?

    We do not supply or rent any linens. This includes sheets, pillows, towels, or blankets. Families may send these items  to the Summer Programs Office, or order linens directly from websites and have them shipped to the School in advance.
  • What activities are planned for boarding students?

    The summer boarding staff plans activities for students from 3 pm to 5 pm and on weekends.  Past weekend activities include movies, beach trips, amusement and waterpark trips, whale watching and boat trips, shopping, into Princeton, and  to New Jersey landmarks.  
  • I read that an international boarding student must have a guardian. What does that mean?

    All international students who live at The Hun School of Princeton must have a guardian. This also includes American students who live or go to school abroad.  The guardian should live in the Northeast area of the United States. The School requires the guardian to have strong English skills, so that communication is easier.  The guardian will serve as an emergency contact for The Hun School of Princeton, grant permission calls for the student when a parent cannot be reached, help with transportation to and from the School, and may be asked to pick up a student. A guardian and personal information must be named on the application in order to submit the application.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school.  Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.

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