Guidance for International Students
College Prep is home to a robust community of scholars from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, including a very small number of international students (defined as those who do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status.) We invite students from all backgrounds and experiences to consider College Prep as a potential high school home.
While the application process and requirements are the same for all applicants, we encourage international prospective students and their families to keep in mind the following when considering College Prep:
- College Prep does not work nor partner with any international placement agencies and organizations. We warmly invite families to contact Admission Office staff directly.
- All international applicants must be fluent in English and must be able to fully exercise their English fluency in the classroom. College Prep does not offer any English language learning programs (e.g. ESL or ELL), and except for world language courses, all of our classes are conducted in English.
- College Prep is a day school. We do not have a boarding program nor do we organize homestays for international students. International students’ family situations are a factor in the Admission Committee’s deliberations; we strongly prefer students relocate to the Bay Area with their immediate families.
- International applicants are required to complete the same requirements as other applicants to College Prep, including sitting and submitting ISEE and/or SSAT entrance exam results and completing an interview with a member of the Admission Committee. Moreover, we expect that interviews will be conducted in-person on campus though accommodations can be requested if a visit to our campus is not feasible on a case-by-case basis and with advance notice.
Applicants who hold dual citizenship with both the United States and another country are considered as domestic applicants to College Prep as they will not need a visa to study at College Prep. International students admitted to College Prep and require an I-20 sponsored by the school to study in the United States will be given further guidance at time of admittance.