International Students

Pioneer’s International students obtain a superior college-preparatory education while making lifelong friends from around of the world.

International Students

Two Pioneer Academy high school students discussing with College Counselor about their college applications

Pioneer International students have the opportunity to not only obtain top quality education but also make lifelong friends from around of the world.

Pioneer is exceptionally diverse and a second home to students from 21 countries, including children of diplomats, ambassadors, other representatives to the United Nations and foreign dignitaries.

International boarding students reside in a welcoming and supportive dormitory environment with a multitude of student-centered programs, clubs, and resources designed to promote integrity, mutual respect, and personal growth. Our diverse and international community embraces collaboration and learning from those with different backgrounds and perspectives.

Pioneer Academy accepts international students as day students or boarding students.

 Intensive ELL Program

A Pioneer Academy high school student studying English on his laptop

The Pioneer Academy Intensive English Language Learning (IELL) Department was developed to assist students as they move from low-intermediate English proficiency to higher proficiency levels, allowing them to succeed in college-preparatory classes. Students study Reading & Literature, Academic Vocabulary, Listening & Speaking, Grammar & Writing, IELTS / TOEFL test preparation, and other primary subject courses.

All courses are designed to prepare students for the rigorous coursework of college preparatory classes they will encounter after graduating from the Pioneer’s Intensive ELL Program. While in the Intensive ELL Program, students are expected to learn and adapt to the American-style school system, including the language and culture of the English-speaking United States. Students are held to high standards of behavior and academics and are expected to perform at a level of excellence.

How are students evaluated for the Intensive ELL Program?
International students who wish to enter the Pioneer Academy Intensive ELL Program must first take a TOEFL Junior placement test which determines their English proficiency level. Students who score below the requisite English proficiency level for regular college-preparatory classes are then recommended for Intensive ELL classes. Students will be given three more TOEFL Junior tests during the program, one at the end of each quarter. Passing any of these tests is a prerequisite but does not limit students from graduating from the ELL program and entering a regular college-preparatory curriculum.


100% College Acceptance Rate

ESL Program

1:1 College Counseling

30 min. from New York City

State-of-the-Art Campus

Fully Accredited by Middle States

Honors & AP Courses

Small, Diverse & Vibrant Student Body

The U.S. Experience

Pioneer Academy international boarding students cycling during an outdoor trip to Central Park with their dorm advisor
A View of Brooklyn Bridge and New York Skyline
A view of Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty in New York

International students have the opportunity to not only obtain quality education but also make life-long friends from all regions of the world. They become an active member through our community service programs to make a difference as a responsible world citizen. There are many opportunities to explore the world through educational trips and activities.

Admission Steps for International Students

STEP 1: Complete the Online Application Form
STEP 3: Online Interview
STEP 5: Deposit Payment & I-20 Issuance
STEP 7: Complete Payment


Residence life at Pioneer can be summed up in three words: active, exciting, and life-changing. You’ll form lasting bonds with your fellow residents—and new friends—as you live, learn, study, and play together.


We look forward to getting to know you and your family. Our admissions team are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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