International Families

The Episcopal Academy remains deeply committed to promoting global citizenship and cultural literacy among its students. Our students think beyond their local communities to consider the traditions, norms, and issues of populations around the world. We seek to foster mutual appreciation and understanding among students of every background.

With these goals in mind, we welcome applications from international students to the 9th, 10th and 11th grades. Because Episcopal is not a boarding school, we are only able to accept a small number of international students. Once enrolled at Episcopal, international students will experience the full breadth of academic, athletic and extracurricular opportunities that Episcopal offers.

Admission Criteria

We will accept applications for the 9th through 11th grades from international student candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in English. The applicant is required to submit official TOEFL results as part of their application. Since English communication skills are an integral part of our academic program, we feel that students with a TOEFL score of 100 and above are best qualified to meet class expectations and requirements. Only those who submit acceptable scores will be invited to arrange a tour and interview.
  • All international students must live with a relative in the local area while enrolled at Episcopal. As a day school, Episcopal does not offer residential boarding or homestay arrangements. It is preferable that the local relative is fluent in English.
  • The applicant is responsible for securing visas for travel to the school and out of the country during the school year and holidays. Documented verification (including start date and term of) any and all related visas will be required before an admission decision is rendered.
  • Each candidate’s family is responsible for all school expenses. Accepted international students are expected to pay their tuition fees before an I-20 will be issued. The applicant’s family will be responsible for tuition, food, books, housing and any supplemental costs.
  • The applicant is responsible for arranging for transportation to and from the school daily. Busing may be available from the student’s local place of residence to the school. The student should check with his/her residential school district about busing to Episcopal.
  • The applicant must show proof of a valid passport. A copy of the student’s passport must be submitted as part of the application.
  • The applicant must show proof of health insurance. During enrollment at Episcopal, the student’s family will be responsible for all healthcare expenses. Furthermore, if accepted, the student will be required to demonstrate that he or she has obtained all necessary immunizations prior to matriculation.
  • The applicant will need to provide a copy of a financial statement from a bank certifying the family’s ability to meet all required school fees, tuition and expenses. The school will keep this document confidential. If the student already has an F-1 Visa, this may be submitted instead of this proof.
  • All documents submitted for an applicant must be in original form. It is our preference that documents, including transcripts and teacher recommendations, be translated into English whenever possible and submitted with the seal or signature of the translator.

We invite international students who meet the above criteria to complete each step of our application.

Admission Process

We invite international students who meet the above Admission Criteria to complete each step of our application.

We encourage international students and their families to visit Episcopal for a tour, interview, parent appointment, and day of classes. If it is not possible for the student and/or parents to visit the campus, we will schedule a Skype interview with the student and parents instead.

When the international student applicant has completed the application process, the Admission Office will review the candidate’s file and render a decision. If the student is accepted, the school will send an enrollment contract to the student’s parents. Once Episcopal has received the signed enrollment contract from the parents, the school will then issue the I-20 to the student. Once the student has received his or her F-1 visa, he or she will need to mail, scan, or fax a copy of it to Episcopal.

Episcopal does not offer ESL classes either during the school year or during the summer.

While we appreciate the generosity of families, we cannot accept any gifts or tokens from families during the application process.

We highly recommend that international students apply during our general admission season in the fall and complete their applications prior to the December 15 deadline.


Carolyne Totherow

Associate Director of Admission

(484) 424-1503

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