International Admissions

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The Process for International Students

Montessori High School at University Circle welcomes students from all over the world. For many international students interested in completing the Montessori continuum, MHS is one of the few secondary school options.

The admissions process is largely the same for international students as it is for domestic students. However, there are important differences.

In addition to the standard application requirements, international students must:

International Students must: 

  • Pay a $100 Application Fee using Flywire
  • Submit a copy of their passport
  • Submit TOEFL test results and transcripts

Student interviews can be conducted via video conference.

I-20 Process

Additionally, international families must complete a financial data form known at the I-20. This process requires a color copy of the applicant’s current, valid passport.

Once the school has shared its decision regarding acceptance, MHS will generate the I-20 form. The family will receive the original form, and then must pay an I-90 fee online.

Families then make an appointment with their local United States consulate to apply for the applicant’s F-1 Student Visa. The family should bring both the I-20 form and the I-90 proof of payment to the consulate. Once the consulate has made its decision, the family sends a copy of the passport and the student visa to MHS with a travel plan itinerary. The travel plan should detail the student’s route from their home country to MHS.

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Academic Support for International Students

A dedicated ELL instructor is available to any international student who may require support. Our instructor works with students to develop oral and written skills as well as listening and study skills.

All 9/10 students are required to take a skills course at MHS. This course is designed specifically to help students transition to the secondary Montessori classroom. Instructors focus on helping students develop study skills, time management skills, and reading skills.

Additionally, MHS houses its own writing center where international students are welcome to work with peer tutors. These tutors are trained to work with all types of writers, and will be able to help international students develop their writing skills.