High school in Oxford

EF Academy's Oxford boarding school

Where tradition meets innovation

All parents want their children to be happy and successful. That’s what we want too. So we started a new kind of high school in Oxford. This allowed us to take the best of the past and fuse it with the best of the future. At its core is total immersion. We’ve redesigned every aspect of the boarding school experience so that learning is highly individualized, totally hands-on, and in a global community of 30+ nationalities—the EF Academy Difference.

Study in the academic heart of the UK

Our campus embraces the awe-inspiring atmosphere of England’s oldest university city. Dating back to the 12th century, the University of Oxford has produced a host of notable alumni, including Oscar Wilde, Stephen Hawking, and Malala Yousafzai.

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A truly global high school in Oxford with classmates from 30+ countries

Few other schools can match the “mini-UN" vibe of an EF Academy boarding school. Virtually every class, activity and, event becomes “global studies". You’re constantly expanding your worldview with multiple perspectives while sharing your own culture and traditions.

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Personalized education—one size never fits all

Every student is unique—that’s why at EF Academy Oxford every boarding school journey must be unique. Whether you choose the IB Diploma Programme or the A-level Programme, we craft a custom pathway just for you, based on your talents and strengths. We help you set personalized growth goals, then develop a plan for achieving them with courses and co-curricular activities you actually care about.

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Mastery of skills, not memorization of facts

At our Oxford private school you learn how to think—the real secret to success. Our holistic approach to learning is designed around the skills and knowledge you will need to flourish in life, not just facts and figures to pass the next test. Because it’s not the knowledge itself that’s important. It’s how you use it.

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Our Academics

Expand your perspective in a multi-cultural environment while getting your hands dirty with real-world challenges.

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Teachers who are experts

A great education always starts with great teachers. Our faculty's shared passion for international education comes from their firsthand global experiences that enrich each classroom.

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Customized counseling

Your professional counselor works with you one-on-one from your first year—all so you can get into the right university program to meet your goals in life.

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Learning beyond textbooks

The best way to learn is to roll up your sleeves and make your own discoveriesin and outside the classroom. We keep class sizes small so you can focus on building skills and knowledge.

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Your pathway to success starts here

With our one-of-a-kind pathway system, we help you pair classes with clubs, enrichment activities and practical experiences that meet your passions and future goals.

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An esteemed group of visionary educators helping us build a great school for today's world

Daily mentorship & 24/7 support

Tutors, Pathway Managers, Activities Coordinators, House Parents and our Wellness Team work together to look after your well-being and success.

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Where you can be you

Our welcoming campus community empowers you to come as you are and become who you want to be.

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Bertil Hult founded EF in 1965 with the belief that people learn best through immersion and hands-on experiences. He struggled with traditional classroom learning as a high school student with dyslexia in Sweden, and he realized during a summer job in England that he was picking up English effortlessly by living the language, not studying it. This led him to become one of the early founders of immersion learning.

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FAQ – High schools in Oxford

As the academic heart of the UK, Oxford has a strong scholarly tradition that has inspired students worldwide in their pursuit for knowledge. As a boarding school in Oxford, we at EF Academy make it our responsibility to provide students with a transformational high school education and expose them to a wealth of opportunities that will help them succeed later in life. Our multicultural community, respected academic programs with close university advising and array of co-curricular activities are part of what make studying at an international high school abroad not only an unforgettable and exciting opportunity, but a life-changing experience that opens doors to successful futures.

All teaching at EF Academy is done in English, with the exception of the IB Diploma Language A courses. Studying at our international school in Oxford strongly promotes total fluency in English because you not only speak this global language in class, but you also use it during social activities. Immersing yourself in the language and the culture that goes with it will help you score higher on English proficiency exams like the IELTS or TOEFL.

While both the A-Level and IB Diploma programs fully prepare you for university, they take different approaches. A-Levels are a good option if you already know what you want to study at university and prefer to focus on the courses that pertain to your subject area of interest. The IB Diploma is a great choice if you want to keep your options open and take a more global, holistic set of courses. EF Academy is proud to be one of a select few IB World Schools in the UK.

EF Academy does not offer scholarships to study at any of our private high schools, including the Oxford campus. However, our Admissions Consultants will be happy to discuss your financial options and explain our payment plans to ensure a smooth process.

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