International Students

St. James Lutheran School welcomes applicants from around the world. Our school is eligible to enroll International Students with the proper Student Visas in place. Information and downloadable forms can be found in the International Student section of our website.

We welcome International Students to our campus as an opportunity to mutually learn about our cultures and to witness our Christian faith. It is our intent to monitor the number of International Students in any class to facilitate integration with English-speaking students and to enable the teacher to adequately meet the needs of all students in the class.

International Students must enroll for at least one year. We do not accept students visiting for only a short time, such as winter break, unless they are part of a recognized organization in collaboration with the school, which organizes and supervises a specific program. Inclusion of these short-term students is dependent upon available space..

I-20 Student FAQ’s

  • Visa Information:  St. James Lutheran School is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. If a student requires an I-20 from our school, the student must submit ALL necessary documents, complete the admissions process and be granted acceptance prior to receiving the I-20. Adequate processing time must be allowed.

  • Status Changes:  All international Students who enroll at St. James Lutheran School and obtain an I-20, will remain as an International Student, even if their F-1 status changes at a later date. Please advise the principal and admissions director if your status changes.

  • Financial Assistance:  St. James Lutheran School does not offer financial assistance to International Students on F-1 Visas, as per United States Government, Immigration and Naturalization Services mandate.

  • Health and International Student Insurance: St. James Lutheran School requires all International Students to obtain International Student Insurance before attending our school. A copy of the student’s card must be received prior to the start of school.

  • Refund Policy:  If a student withdraws prior to the beginning of school, all fees will be refunded except the Registration Fee and International Processing Fee. If a student withdraws during the 1stsemester, a prorated tuition amount equal to one semester of tuition will be refunded. If a student withdraws during the 2ndsemester, NO tuition will be refunded.

  • Homestay:  St. James Lutheran School does not currently arrange housing for International Students. 

  • Technology:  Students in grades 3-8 will be required to show/confirm that their home they are staying in the United States has internet services and a technology device (computer, Chromebook, iPad, etc.) which will enhance the classroom instruction.