International Students

Shu Sheng2Roanoke Catholic School, established in 1889, is accredited by the Virginia Catholic Educational Association (VCEA) and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  Our school is a college preparatory school.  100% of graduating seniors who apply to colleges and universities are accepted.

Roanoke Catholic School, like other small, rigorous college preparatory schools, does not rank students for the purpose of college admission.  Our school requires school uniforms for all students in Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade.  Also, the Upper School student must complete a minimum 40 hours of individual service each school year. The average of SAT scores for the student at Roanoke Catholic School is about 100 points higher than the national and state average for combination of Math, Critical Reading, and Writing.

At our school, we prefer a TOEFL test score of at least 75 to apply for admission. While we do not have a formal English Language Learner (ELL) program, we do assist students with English needs on an individual basis.

Normally, we require testing and interviews for all students as part of the admission process.  For international students, we ask the potential students to be available for an interview via the internet.

At Roanoke Catholic School, we offer Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual-Enrollment courses.

Honors Courses AP Courses AP Courses/Dual Enrollment
Physics English Composition AP English Language (English 111 & 112) VWCC
Calculus I & II English Literature AP English Literature (English 211 & 212) VWCC
United States History Advanced Grammar Composition (English 111) VWCC
Biology Engineering (at Virginia Western)
Chemistry Dual Enrollment US/VA Government – Richard Bland College
Spanish Literature Dual Enrollment US/VA History – Richard Bland College
Spanish Language Dual Enrollment Spanish (Level II and higher) – Richard Bland College

 

FumikaSTUDENT SUPPORT

Many private schools have one thing in common; they have small class sizes to form close relationships between students and teachers.  In addition, our school strongly suggests that all international students meet with their academic advisor on a weekly basis.  We take a personal interest in the well being of international students.  It is very important to make international students feel welcome and at home during their stay with us.

Roanoke Catholic School offers a boarding school experience for international students (click here for boarding website).  Many individuals, families, and community people believe that our school is one of the best private schools in offering high quality academic programs to international students as well as American students.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES

We understand that international students are very anxious about living in America, adjusting to a new school, and making new friends as well as the excitement of seeking their visions and hopes in education. Education is not only about attending good colleges, but it is also about learning from daily experiences. However, our program is dedicated to ensuring that our students have many opportunities to learn and have fun. We are not only teaching them to do well for subjects and homework, but also teaching them the value of discipline and the use of time management to do well in college in the future.

The Application Process for New International Students:

  1. Submit completed application forms online.
  2. Report TOEFL examination scores.
  3. Provide transcripts for the two most recent years of school.
  4. Submit two teacher recommendation letters (English & Math).
  5. Complete Personal Essay on “Why I want to attend Roanoke Catholic School.”
  6. Interview in person or online with the administration.

After reviewing the application and records and upon acceptance, Roanoke Catholic School will apply for a Federal Government of the United States I-20 SEVIS Immigration form through the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Applicant is responsible for $250 fee payable to the Diocese.

  1. Roanoke Catholic School will send an acceptance packet containing: I-20 SEVIS Immigration Document (original – must be kept with student at all times); an enrollment contract; and instructions for online enrollment.
  2. Return signed contract and complete online enrollment.
  3. Submit completed physical exam (Virginia School Entrance Health Form), TB Risk assessment, and health information (including Green Information Sheet & Over-the-Counter Permission to Treat, and translated vaccination record) forms to be reviewed prior to acceptance.
  4. Submit documented proof of a personal primary health insurance policy with a company in good standing and authorized to operate in the United States (see below).
  5. By July 1: Pay full tuition and fees at the international rate.
  6. Receive uniform ordering information.

International Tuition and Fees:

International students will pay tuition of $18,500 in full by July 1. A boarding fee of $20,000, payable to the boarding company, is also due in full by July 1. Click here for details of included benefits in boarding program.

The Re-enrollment process for Returning International Students:

  1. Upon teacher recommendation and administrative approval of student return, Roanoke Catholic School will send the Roanoke Catholic School Enrollment Contract for International Students.
  2. Return both copies of SIGNED contract.
  3. For renewal of I-20, Roanoke Catholic School will apply for a Federal Government of the United States I-20 SEVIS Immigration form through the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Applicant is responsible for $100 fee payable to the Diocese. RCS will send completed I-20 SEVIS Immigration Document (original – must be kept with student at all times).
  4. Submit documented proof of a personal primary health insurance policy with a company in good standing and authorized to operate in the United States (see below).
  5. By July 1: Pay full tuition and fees at the international rate for the student’s appropriate grade level.

When arriving on campus you must present your passport and I-94 Card.

International students enrolled at Roanoke Catholic School must be covered by a personal primary health insurance policy.  During their stay in the U.S. these foreign national students must acquire health insurance from a U.S. firm to serve as their primary source of insurance for medical coverage.  The school’s policy is a secondary policy, designed to cover claims of incidents, which might occur during school related events and might not be covered by their primary insurance carrier.

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