Puget Sound Adventist Academy

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International Students

At PSAA we welcome and enjoy the presence of our international students. Under Federal law the school is authorized to enroll non-immigrant students. International students interested in applying should first contact the school Registrar to determine if space is available in the desired grade level.

We recognize that in order to be successful and take advantage of opportunities available at our school, it is important that our students feel confident in both written and spoken English. Our expectation is that once accepted, they will dedicate themselves to improving their English by participating in class, extracurricular activities, and by implementing English into their conversations. Part of the reason we believe in immersion is because research shows that students who speak English outside of class progress faster than those who limit their English to the classroom.

In order to be accepted as a student, you must submit the following minimum iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) scores:

 

9th grade—50

10th grade—60

11th grade—70

12th grade—80

 

Students who are unable to reach the minimum score may apply to be a student in the English Language Experience, where they will attend the same classes as their English-speaking classmates, and will be accepted as a student for the following year when they have met the minimum iBT for their grade level.

 

The TOEFL test is the most recognized tool for measuring English proficiency. There are several variations of the TOEFL, each with its own scoring. In order to avoid confusion, international students will be required to submit scores from the Internet Based TOEFL, often called the iBT. This test is widely available in testing centers. Booking a testing time may be limited and it may take several weeks to receive scores. Students interested in studying in the United States should schedule a test as soon as possible.

 

It is our mission that students who are accepted into our international student program will experience a welcoming and inclusive student body and staff committed to their success. 

Below are listed the requirements established by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to receive an I-20 form:

  1. Letter of intent stating what the student’s plan is for the coming school year and for the remainder of his/her high school years. If the student plans to attend college in the U.S., please include that information in the letter since it assists the Registrar in working out the credits.
  2. Bank statements from the parent or supporting persons (whoever is paying tuition and providing care for the student) as proof of finances. This is required in order for the USCIS to see that the student will be financially taken care of while staying in the United States.
  3. (New Students Only) Student transcripts are needed from the previous school, translated in order for the Registrar to properly assess the student’s academic credits.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from previous school (translated).
  5. Completed application form along with the $225 non-refundable application fee.
  6. Immunization records and physical exam from doctor’s office.
  7. The USCIS requires a complete home address of the student from his/her country. This address must include:
    • Full name of student

    • Street and apartment number
    • Province or territory, country, zip code
  8. Full names, address(es), email and phone numbers for parents.
  9. SEVIS Foreign Exchange Fee (I-901): This fee is non-refundable. The new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch of Homeland Security has created a charge for processing foreign exchange students. The fee of $350 will be submitted and paid through the school and a receipt of payment will be issued to the student or responsible party. This receipt is required along with the I-20 when the student applies for an F-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy.
Click on the file below for a breakdown of our foreign exchange student financial information or call the admissions office at (425) 822-7554.