International Student Program

Education thrives on diversity.

The question is not “where do you start?” It’s “where do you want to go?”

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:

  • Our 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.
  • Students receive assistance regarding I-20 forms and visas, 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 advising and help with TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) preparation 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.

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. Our international student graduates have been accepted to a wide range of American universities and colleges. 

Click here for relevant information about becoming an international student in the United States.

International Student Application Process

Student Candidates from China

The Steward School has partnered with The Cambridge Network to ensure the best possible international program. The 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.

To begin the application process, please click here to complete The Cambridge Network inquiry application.

All other student candidates please click here for the application process.

International Housing

Living with family or relatives based in Richmond is recommended, but there is an option to stay with 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 speed up language acquisition and acculturation. The Steward School partners with agencies to arrange home stays with American families.

Being 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. Host families are asked to provide a safe and caring environment, meals, transportation to and from school, and a private or shared bedroom (with a host sibling of the same gender). Families receive ongoing support from the local agency coordinator, as well as from the school. In all cases, students come with their own spending money and insurance and are enrolled in the school's lunch plan. For more information about hosting, please contact Allison Buchik at (804) 740-3394, ext. 5512.

Click here to read what it's like to be a host family

International Student Fees for 2018-19

Upper School - Grades 9-12
2018-19 Steward Tuition
Additional Fees Apply*

Middle School - Grades 6-8
2018-19 Steward Tuition
Additional Fees Apply*

Lower School - Grades 1-5
2018-19 Steward Tuition
Additional Fees Apply*

*Additional fees vary according to individual needs. Possible fees include an activity fee, international program fee, ESL class fee, host family fee, books, lunch, and yearbook.

International Student Program Contact Information

For more information about our International Student Program, please contact Allison Buchik at (804) 740-3394, ext. 5512 or


Steward Voices

Steward is an atmosphere that fosters confidence—something we have seen in all three of our kids. Whether it is playing a new sport, running for a seat on the Honor Council, or singing a solo on Talent Night, they have been encouraged to try, to experience, and to grow.
- Dan and Kathi Campbell, Parents of Abbie ’19, Emma ’17, and Ben ’14

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Steward is the right place for Micah and Kiri because they are able to develop strong connections with their teachers, which in turn facilitates confidence and resilience in their learning. Everyone at Steward knows your name and makes you feel so welcome.
- Paul and Janet Yoon, Parents of Kiri ’27 and Micah ’26

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Steward helped me develop the skills I needed to succeed in college and the courage and confidence to set competitive career goals for myself. But, these skills weren’t lessons I learned just in Steward’s classrooms; they came from the athletic fields, in the hallways, and during Honor Council meetings, too.
- Grace Henderson ’10

Steward Voices

Steward provides Andrew with a nurturing environment which fosters his individualism, develops exemplary character traits, and continuously provides him with creative learning experiences. Consequently, Andrew ‘loves’ school and anticipates each day with joy, enthusiasm, and excitement.
- Betsy Jollay, Grandmother of Andrew O’Leary ’25

Steward Voices

I love all that The Steward School has done for Trace. Steward has uncovered Trace’s talents, celebrated his individuality, and strengthened his belief in himself. The faculty and staff offer an amazing balance of challenge and comfort, encouraging the best from all students. I can’t imagine Trace being anywhere else. Thank you, Steward School.
- Ron Coles, Father of Trace Coles ’19 and Grade 5 Teacher

Steward Voices

Being a member of The Steward School international program has been an awesome experience. The community has helped me tremendously along the way.
- Bowen Chen ’15


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