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Kennedy Catholic High School

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $30,000—$35,000 Year

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School


  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation


  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    English Language (ESL), University Transfer, High School Completion

  • Setting


  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Dormitory

  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 60+

  • Social Media

Why study at Kennedy Catholic?

At Kennedy Catholic High School, international students develop deep friendships that last a lifetime. Kennedy Catholic is fun, safe, and academically challenging. Our entire student body benefits from the gift of cultural diversity and exchange within our own community. International students have been part of the Lancer family since 1985, and graduates go on to attend elite colleges and universities around the world.


We offer a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum that meets the diverse learning needs of all students. Our school program includes University Partnership courses and English as a Second Language (ESL) for international students.


Burien is located five minutes from Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA), the gateway to the Pacific Northwest. Located minutes from downtown Seattle, Burien offers the best of the Northwest including incredible views of the Puget Sound. The thriving community of Burien is easy to navigate by bus or train. With a small-town vibe, Burien offers plenty of great choices for shopping, dining and family activities. For more information about Burien, go to

Academic Life

Students graduate fully prepared to meet rigorous university expectations. Kennedy Catholic offers challenging math and science programs as well as five foreign languages (Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, and American Sign Language), English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, religion and theological history, leadership and service courses, art and music, health and fitness, philosophy and literature courses, and history. Honors, University credit courses, Advanced Placement (AP), and retrieval classes are available to help students achieve their full potential. Kennedy Catholic’s teachers are respected for their knowledge and dedication to the teaching profession. Students feel comfortable approaching them for help or extra enrichment. With an average class size of 23 students, teachers have the opportunity to know each of their students and provide them with the support they need. School counselors are available to assist students with their academic needs and college plans.

Kennedy Catholic offers college credit through three sources: The College Board, College in the High School and the Matteo Ricci Program. Many of our graduates begin college with part or all of their freshman year completed.

Kennedy Catholic Lancers

Kennedy Catholic students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of school sponsored activities. Students can choose from over 50 extracurricular activities, including 22 sports teams. Football, swimming and diving, tennis, soccer, track, gymnastics, community service projects, and political action organizations are just a few of the opportunities available. Our programs are designed to inspire and create globally-minded, ethical leaders called to work for the common good.

Housing: Dormitory Boarding (Boys Only)  
Homestay Family (Boys and Girls) 

Male students have the option of residing in a supervised dorm, on site, with accommodations for 21 young men. All other students live with approved adult relatives or family friends or have the option of residing with carefully screened families. Host families provide a private or semi-private room, bed, linens, dresser, lamp, desk, chair, internet access, three meals per day seven days per week, transportation to and from school, transportation for other school related activities and will help to arrange transportation to church as requested.

  • Accepting AGES 14-17 GRADES 9-12 
  • Priority Deadline
    September 30 (January Enrollment) 
    February 15 (August Enrollment) 
  • Admissions and Placement based on TOEFL
  • Elite: TOEFL 80 and above/equivalent
  • Direct Academic: TOEFL 70 and above/equivalent
  • ESL:  TOEFL Below 70/equivalent
  • School Year starts in late-August and ends in mid-June 
  • 1st term: mid-August to mid-January (Orientation: 3rd week of August)
    2nd term: mid-January to mid-June (Orientation: 2nd week of January)
  • High School Diploma + University credits toward a Bachelor’s Degree 
  • ESL support available 
  • Scholarships for international students 
  • Gateway to top U.S. universities which include Ivy League schools and Public Ivies 
  • Personalized academic, sports, life, and transfer advising 
  • Enjoy extra-curricular activities and service learning with American students 
  • Safe & convenient location: Easy access to airport and downtown Seattle by public transportation (bus & train)  
  • Each student is valued and receives personal support throughout their lifetime: life-long friendships
  • Established since 1966, ranked among top private high schools in the Seattle area with a rich athletic history. Generation to generation; grandparents to parents to grandchildren 


2018-2019 Course Catalog

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Kennedy Catholic High School

Kennedy Catholic High School
140 S. 140th Street
Burien WA 98168
P: 206-957-5757
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  • English Language (ESL)
  • Homestay Programs
  • Religion
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  • Summer Camps/Programs
  • University Transfer
English Programs
  • Intensive English
  • TOEFL and Test Preparation

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