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Admissions Process

The Pella Christian High School International Student Program accepts applications directly from student applicants.  If you prefer to apply through one of our partners located in your country, please contact us for a list of recommended agents and partners.

The following are required of all applicants:

  • Application form
  • Copy of passport
  • Official school transcripts
  • Two teacher reference letters, including one from an English teacher
  • Writing sample
  • iTEP Slate, TOEFL, or TOEFL Jr.  test scores
    • Test scores are not required for international students already studying in the US.
    • When taking the iTEP, select Pella Christian High School from the drop-down menu as an automatic recipient of test results.

To apply, contact Program Staff for step by step application instructions.  

During the application process a Skype or WeChat video chat will be scheduled for the student. No preparation is required by the student. After the chat, parents are invited to ask questions of program staff.

An admissions decision will take 2-10 business days. The student or student’s representative will be contacted with the admissions decision as soon as possible. If accepted, the student will receive:

  • Official Acceptance Letter
  • Enrollment Contract

The student’s family will have approximately 15 calendar days to accept or reject the admissions offer. Families may accept the offer by returning the signed enrollment contract and making the required deposit within the 15 calendar days. If the student is accepted within 3 months of the start of program, quicker action may be required.

Upon receiving the signed contract and tuition deposit, the school will issue and physically mail the I-20 Form to the student’s home address. The I-20 Form is needed to schedule an F-1 Student Visa appointment at a local U.S. Consulate or Embassy. The family should pay the I-901 SEVIS fee and schedule the visa appointment right away.

With the I-20 Form, the student will also receive an acceptance packet. This packet includes a variety of forms that must be completed and signed before arrival.  Scanned copies of the form should be sent as early as possible, and original copies should be hand carried when traveling to the US. The student will not be permitted to attend orientation or classes without these forms.

The student is asked to complete a homestay questionnaire. Based on these answers program staff will arrange a host family.

Family of the student makes the final tuition payment as required by the enrollment contract terms, prior to the program start date.

Contact program staff to verify program start dates before finalizing travel arrangements.

Host families will greet their international student at the airport upon arrival. Prior to the first day of school international students will complete a week long orientation, including classroom instruction, activities and field trips.

All of us at Pella Christian High School are looking forward to having you join us.