International FAQ


1. Why do families opt for one-to-one education?

Dartmoor’s custom model appeals to families interested in offering an education tailored specifically to their children’s needs, capacities, and aspirations. Students enjoy the challenge of a one-to-one education as it allows them to develop skills and master content more efficiently and comprehensively, while pursuing in greater depth areas of intellectual interest. Dartmoor also offers open enrollment and so students can start at any point during the year.

2. Does Dartmoor accept students who require ESL support?

Yes. If a student requires substantial support, however, the school may grant a provisional acceptance based on the successful completion of initial English Language coursework at Dartmoor.

3. Can students skip grades?

No. However, Dartmoor’s one-to-one programming allows advanced students to complete their coursework on an accelerated schedule (e.g., an equivalent of an academic year in three to six months).

4. Can Dartmoor guarantee my child will attend a prestigious American university?

No school can guarantee placement at a specific university and it is important to remember only 0.4% of US college students attend Ivy League universities. A student who excels at Dartmoor, has strong test scores, and a generally solid application will have the opportunity to decide between a number of excellent American universities.

5. Where do students study after leaving Dartmoor?

Dartmoor alumni have continued their studies at a number of outstanding universities including Harvard University, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Boston College, New York University, University of British Columbia, and the University of Washington. (Please see Dartmoor’s School Profile for a more comprehensive list.)

6. Does Dartmoor offer advanced programs for students?

Yes. Dartmoor offers honors classes for students demonstrating exceptional academic ability. Enrollment in honors coursework is at the discretion of the Head of School.

7. What sort of classes does Dartmoor offer?

Dartmoor offers a full catalog of academic subjects. Moreover, Dartmoor offers the opportunity for advanced or specialized study based on student interests. For example, Dartmoor created Calculus II and Shakespeare Studies courses for past graduates.

8. Does Dartmoor offer world languages?

Yes. Dartmoor offers French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, German, Japanese, and ASL. Dartmoor will offer additional languages upon request and the availability of a qualified instructor.

9. How does scheduling work at Dartmoor?

Dartmoor School is open year-round Monday to Thursday from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM. Students attend for a minimum of four hours and a maximum of six hours per day.

10. How does Dartmoor’s credit system work?

A semester course bears 0.5 credits and two semesters comprise a full academic course for 1.0 credit (e.g., English 9 or Chemistry).

11. Does Dartmoor have any opportunities for student interaction?

Dartmoor’s emphasis is on one-to-one academics. However, students are encouraged to interact between classes and many of Dartmoor’s students dual enroll at another school for electives and social activities. International students attending Dartmoor have the opportunity to enroll in non-academic coursework and participate in activities at a local public school (on a space available basis). Please keep in mind Dartmoor has open enrollment and so a student arriving to study in November might not be able to participate at the local public school until the beginning of the next term in January.

12. How does the I-20 process work?

Once Dartmoor school has accepted a student, Dartmoor and the family must determine a feasible start date. Next, the school starts the I-20 application process by creating a student entry in the SEVIS database and generating the initial documentation. Dartmoor sends this documentation to the family and they must then arrange an interview with their local US embassy or consulate. Wait times vary from city to city.

For specific wait times, please consult:

13. Does Dartmoor provide or arrange for housing?

Dartmoor does not have a boarding facility but the school will connect interested families with a housing agency.

14. What is the Admission’s cycle for Dartmoor?

Dartmoor is an open enrollment school and accepts students throughout the year. This is an excellent option for students wishing to enter outside of the traditional US admissions period. At most US schools, admissions decisions occur in the late winter or early spring for the subsequent fall.

15. Does Dartmoor offer a meal plan?

No. Students may bring their own food to campus, however.

16. Does Dartmoor provide transportation?

No, but all of the campuses are easily accessible by car or public transportation.

17. What are some basic facts about Dartmoor?

Dartmoor School was founded in 1990 and has around 40 staff and 140 students on its four campuses. The student enrollment typically fluctuates from around 75 – 140 students throughout the year.

18. Tuition & Fees

Dartmoor’s tuition is on a per credit basis with one credit equivalent to a year of academic work. Please note, however, students may complete one credit in a minimum of three months. Therefore, students tend to complete six credits (an academic year of study) in three to six months. Please contact Admissions or consult the “International Student Application Packet” for more information including current tuition and fees.

19. Can students attend Dartmoor and transfer to another institution?

Dartmoor works with students interested in transferring to another private school or program. While Dartmoor will work closely with the target program and support the student’s application, the school cannot guarantee entrance into any specific school or program.

20. Does my child need to have health insurance while studying in the US?

It is advisable for students to carry US health insurance for the term of their stay. Dartmoor does not provide insurance.