Admissions

International Student Program

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  • A Home for Students from Around the World

    Education thrives on diversity.

The Steward School in Richmond, Virginia has welcomed international students for more than 15 years. Our small classes, robust curriculum, and experienced teachers make it an ideal private school for the college-bound student whose native language is not English. We believe that having diverse cultures represented on our campus and in our classrooms enriches the education of the entire Steward community.

International students join Steward’s student body in several ways — international placement agencies, families who have moved to the area, or through a search for schools via the Internet. Regardless of how they find us, international students are supported at Steward in a variety of ways:

  • Steward's small classes and nurturing school community offer students a supportive and stimulating environment in which to further their general education while expanding their skills in English.
  • The English as a Second Language teachers work closely with each student and family to develop a course of study based on the student’s abilities and academic goals. Students are placed in mainstream classes in most of the content areas and are enrolled in an English as a Second Language class if needed.
  • Steward is able to issue F1 I-20 forms, if needed.
  • To assist international students with the transition into Steward life and American culture, new international students attend three days of orientation and all international students are invited to participate in sports, clubs, and events both on and off campus throughout the school year.
  • For students pursuing admission to an American university, college counseling and information regarding the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) are available.
  • Students needing academic support in areas other than English can receive individual tutoring through the Center for the Advancement of Learning (CAL) for an additional fee.

Contact

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    Allison Buchik 

    International Student Program Coordinator

Becoming an International Student in U.S.

At Steward, we are committed to the kind of education that recognizes the individuality of each student and fosters his or her potential through its differentiated approach to education. Steward's international student graduates have been accepted to a wide range of American universities and colleges.

International Student Application Process

  1. Complete and submit an online application with a $50 fee. The priority application deadline is January 31. Applications received after this date will be considered as space allows.

  2. Complete and submit the supplemental application. Please be sure to include the 3-5 paragraph essay based on the prompt in the supplemental application.

  3. Submit translated copies of school records and transcripts from the past three school years, including this current school year.

  4. Submit two teacher recommendation letters from the student’s English and math teacher. Families may submit a third letter if they chose. Recommendation letters should be translated into English. If a student’s teacher speaks English, the teacher is welcome to use our teacher recommendation form.

  5. Submit iTEP slate, TOEFL Jr., or TOEFL iBT score. Steward's TOEFL code is B234.

  6. Submit a copy of the student's current passport.

  7. Optional: Submit translated copies of any aptitude or achievement testing from the past two school years, including this current school year.

Once Steward has received all of the above documents, the admissions committee will review the application and an online or in-person interview may be scheduled with the applicant.

Once the interview assessment is complete, Steward’s Admissions Committee will meet to determine if Steward can offer admission to the applicant.

Upon acceptance, an enrollment contract is issued. The contract, signed by the parents/guardian, should be returned along with the deposit, the new student fee, and verification of financial support. Once all required school documents are received, the student's I-20 will be processed (if needed) and a course of study will be recommended. Ongoing assessment after the student is enrolled may result in a recommended change in resources and services. Since all instruction at Steward is conducted in English, applicants should have studied English for several years prior to enrollment at Steward.

Applicants from China

The Steward School has partnered with Cambridge Network to ensure the best possible international program. Cambridge Network's international student program prepares students for life abroad prior to arriving at The Steward School and continues to provide international students with on-going support throughout the school year.

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  • International Housing

    Students are able to live with family or a host family. Home stays are designed for international students who would like the experience of living with an American family, and they are a great way to accelerate language acquisition and acculturation. The Steward School partners with agencies to arrange home stays with American families.

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  • Becoming a Host Family

    For many international students, going to a family barbeque, visiting the beach, or cheering on a local baseball team are new experiences that they'll remember for years to come. Home stays offer families opportunities to learn more about world cultures and traditions, to develop lasting friendships, and to share American culture and Richmond life. For more information about hosting, please contact Allison Buchik at (804) 740-3394, ext. 5512.

What it's like to be a host family

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