Full Time International Student Information

St. Paul’s Lutheran School is a ministry focused on reaching out with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Our vision states “We exist to educate children, nurture their faith, and equip them to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” When international students attend St. Paul’s it is our privilege to share with them message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

St. Paul’s is authorized through the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to issue I-20 forms and accept full-time international students. This school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students. St. Paul’s accepts full-time international students in grades kindergarten through eight. International students are subject to the same rules and expectations as those students who live in the U.S. and attend St. Paul’s.

We also offer short term social and academic programs during the school year for students who are visiting the United States under a visitor’s visa. We have programs during the fall, winter, and spring. Camp students are not fully enrolled, but do participate in all of the activities in the classroom.  St. Paul’s accepts camp students for grades TK through 8. Maximum numbers for camp students are set each year by school administration.

Admissions Process for Full-Time (I-20) Students:
St. Paul’s accepts applications for International Students at any time. We recommend you apply well in advance of the student’s arrival date, because the process to obtain a visa can be lengthy. 
STEP # 1: Click here to begin your online application where you will create an account. 

Follow the prompts to begin your International Application.  For the grade level please select "International" and you will enter the grade level within the application. Make sure you choose the I-20 Student Application.  During the application process you will be asked to submit copies of:
     Student’s Passport
     Student’s Immunization Records
     Proof of Financial Worthiness
     Recent Photo of the Applicant
     Student's recent report cards
     English equivalency test scores
Payment of the $550 application fee can be made online by credit card only.
STEP # 2: When the application is complete a decision will be made regarding admission to St. Paul's Lutheran School. The decision is made based on the student application and a possible Skype interview, when necessary. The acceptance decision will be emailed, along with instructions on completing the enrollment. The enrollment packet will include filling out your tuition plan for the following year.
Once submitted, we will mail the I-20 to a US address, or you are welcome to pick up the initial I-20 from the school office.
STEP # 3: Three months to one week prior first day of school:
When the student arrives in the United States, please call St. Paul’s to schedule a screening appointment, if not scheduled ahead of time.  Screenings must be completed prior to the student’s first day of school. 
The following items must be received before the student can attend St. Paul’s (in addition to the forms required in the application):
  • Plan on 30 to 60 minutes for an Administrator to screen the student for English and Math abilities
  • Copy of Visa
  • Proof of medical & travel insurance
Middle School Students, grades 6-8 are expected to have their own iPad, 2nd generation or higher, without cellular access capabilities.
Information/ Resources: 
Uniforms: St. Paul’s requires all students to wear school uniforms, including our camp and full-time international students.  For grades 5-8, PE uniforms are required.  For after-school sports, the uniform is provided as part of the cost of participation.  Uniforms may be purchased separately and are available from various vendors per our “Dress Code and Uniform Policy” handout. 

Full Time Student Program Costs: For the academic year 2023-2024 tuition for international students (I-20) is $14,000.  A non-refundable registration fee of $540 is required in order for St. Paul’s to process the I-20 application and hold placement. Tuition covers the following items: administrative, instruction, teaching, and marketing expenses.  Students are also provided English language instruction during school hours if need be. Tuition may be made as an annual payment, by semester or by quarter. Once paid, tuition is not refundable.