English language course for international students
The Hutchins School English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) program offers learning excellence, opportunities, a family environment and utilises world-class facilities.
Our residential ELICOS program is open to international students (both boys and girls) aged 12–15 years as of 1 July in that Australian school calendar year. The program is for students who require a 10, 20 or 40 week English language preparation course prior to integration into the Australian Curriculum.
Our program offers Learning Outcomes that focus on how to speak, listen, read and write in English. Our Head of ELICOS will provide support to students for their English language development as well as providing pastoral care.
About our community
International students are very important and highly valued members of the School community. We welcome all students from a wide variety of countries.
As part of the ELICOS program, students are carefully integrated into the School community. Students are part of a regular mentor class and are pastorally cared for by their mentor teacher, Head of House, Head of Boarding and Head of ELICOS.
Students also participate in the co-curricular program which includes sports, music, debating, Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and performing arts.
ELICOS students have access to extensive resources including counselling, sporting facilities, libraries and ICT support.
On completion of the ELICOS program, students are supported through their schooling with ongoing English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) provisions.
The Hutchins and Collegiate residential communities
ELICOS students are accommodated in The Hutchins School boarding house (for boys) or the St Michael’s Collegiate boarding house (for girls).
Upon successful completion of the ELICOS program students may be offered a place within the regular school curriculum.
Outstanding academic results
The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia.
We are very proud of our teaching and learning outcomes across a diverse and challenging spectrum of curricular and co-curricular opportunities. In summary, in 2019 five boys achieved an ATAR above 99 and 27 boys achieved the highest score possible in at least one pre-tertiary subject. The median ATAR was 84.6 and 19.35% of our boys achieved an ATAR above 95.