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International Student Program

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAM APPLICATION

Criteria for Admission

Grand Rapids Christian Schools enroll students into 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. Students who attend for at least two years including their 12th grade year will graduate with a diploma from Grand Rapids Christian Schools. Listed below are the criteria for admission:

  • The student and parents must understand and agree with the mission of Grand Rapids Christian Schools to provide students with a faith-based education and that all subjects are taught through the lens of a Christian world view.
  • The student must be eager to fully participate in school, home and church activities.
  • The student must show evidence of emotional stability, a good behavior record, and adequate social adjustment.
  • The student must demonstrate academic English proficiency as determined by the school. 
  • The student must demonstrate character qualities of integrity, self-discipline and motivation, consistent effort, obedient spirit, positive attitude and respectful behavior.
  • The student must live in a homestay provided by the school.
  • The student must arrive in Grand Rapids in early August (exact date will be communicated after acceptance to GRCHS).

OUR MISSION
Preparing students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society

OUR CORE VALUES
Students, parents, and staff are made in the image of God and, as a learning community, are committed to fully developing students' gifts in ways that affirm and celebrate each person. Our Christian learning community is committed to excellence, and all students are challenged to develop and use their God-given gifts.

WE PROFESS THAT:

  • Our students will be presented with the basic message of Scripture and the redemption that has been given in Christ.
  • Our student will be instructed in Scriptural principles that will guide them in mature living - in its spiritual, intellectual, and behavioral dimensions.
  • Our students will be encouraged to recognize the greatness and the mercy of our Lord in every area of life.
  • Our students will be guided into a true knowledge of God’s world, of its history, and its culture.
  • Our students will be enabled to assess the values of the age from the perspective of Christ’s redemption and rule over all the world.

Application Checklist

STEP 1: APPLICATION

A completed application must include the following in English:

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  • General application    
  • Student essays    
  • Student photos    
  • English teacher reference    
  • Math teacher reference    
  • Personal reference    
  • Official school transcript
  • TOEFL score
  • Immunization records (students are required to meet Michigan’s immunization requirements)
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
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STEP 2: INTERVIEW

The successful student will be contacted to arrange a Skype interview.

STEP 3: ACCEPTANCE

Based on the application and interview, acceptance will be determined by Grand Rapids Christian.

STEP 4: TUITION PAYMENT

After receipt of the tuition payment the school will issue the I-20.  Failure to pay tuition will result in a forfeit of enrollment.

STEP 5: I-20 ISSUED

An I-20 will be issued for the student and the student must obtain a visa in his or her home country.

STEP 6: HOST FAMILY MATCH

When the student has successfully obtained a visa they will be paired with a host family.

STEP 7: ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION

The student must arrive in Grand Rapids by early August for international student orientation (exact dates will be sent out following acceptance).

Application Forms

Please download and complete the following forms.  Completed forms and documents should be emailed to Joelle Williams at jwilliams@grcs.org.

Tuition and Fees

International Student Tuition 2019-2020
TUITION $10,000 Base tuition fee
INTERNATIONAL
STUDENT FEE
$16,500 Private tutoring, English Lab, guidance counselor, welcome and farewell banquets, school lunch,
university preparation and visits to area schools, SAT/ACT workshops, Academic and Student Life
Support Services, book rental, MacBook Air laptop rental and insurance, medical insurance, emergency assistance, freshmen and senior retreats, international student fall retreat, spring break trip, host family placment, ongoing support and training for host families, cap and gown rental for graduation.
HOMESTAY FEE $7,000 The host family will provide: 3 meals a day, transportation, a safe and healthy home environment, social, cultural and emotional support, monitor student homework and academic progress, family activities and outings, communication with home family.
TOTAL $33,500

*1st year students pay an additional $3,000 refundable deposit
*$3,000 for orientation camp.

 

  • *Orientation camp is a two week program required for first year students.
  • * The refundable deposit is to cover costs in the case of an emergency, and if is not used, it will be refunded upon graduation or departure from our program.
  • Scholarships are available for students up to $15,000/year based on need, geographical location, and student application.
  • Grand Rapids Christian Schools functions as its own agency and provides all the support services that an international coordinating agency would provide and more!
  • Tuition is due in full before the I-20 is issued. 

GET IN TOUCH


 

Joelle Williams, International Student Program Director

Skype: live:jwilliams_1485
We-Chat: JAWilliams
WhatsApp: 616-717-2909

GRAND RAPIDS CHRISTIAN
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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAM

2300 Plymouth Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: 616.574.5500
Fax:  616.574.5510