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Linda Arildsen, Director of International Program

One of the many beautiful things about Chapelgate Christian Academy is its diversity. We truly are a global community, having had hundreds of students from all over the world during the course of our existence. Some students start out with a quick look at CCA, but then are enticed to stay for the duration of their high school years and then, even more excitingly, enter an American university. Why do they come? English is useful in the international marketplace and our universities provide the best of the best.

Chapelgate has a long history of welcoming young people from across the globe. We are able to work directly with parents in the admission process or use the help of family or agencies.

I love the students and the teachers here. My favorite part is that people are so nice and make me feel like part of them. I love how we tell jokes, how we talk seriously about things, and how we enjoy our friendship with each other.

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A Heritage of Academic Excellence

Chapelgate accepted international students within just a few years of opening our doors. We have a long and successful experience with our foreign students. We are a rigorous college preparatory school with diverse and enriching programs in academics, arts, athletics, and clubs. We prepare our graduates to attend American universities. Our students, including our international students, have been accepted to many fine American universities. We have graduates from many countries, including China, South Korea, Nigeria, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland.

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Home Stay Program

Our most successful international students enjoy a homestay experience while at CCA. This can be the most powerful and beneficial aspect of their time here. Our American families incorporate these young people into every aspect of their family life, including, celebrating holidays and family events, church and experiencing everyday life. At this point, there are decades-long relationships that have endured between CCA families and their international students.

Our international student became a member of the family. We were grateful for the chance to have this young man in our home and have enjoyed keeping in touch with him and his family.

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Host an International Student

Chapelgate Christian Academy attracts many international students and it is an honor to open our doors to these students who not only receive an excellent education but also benefit from a wholesome Christian environment. This also provides a unique opportunity to our American host families. It is important that these students are placed in American families because it helps them better adjust to living in America, it increases their command of the English language, and it gives them a stronger support system away from home. Our international students who live in American homes tend to have a wonderful experience all around.
We always need more families who are willing to step up and agree to be host families. We invite you to contact our International Host Family Coordinator, Amy Frierson, to learn more about this great opportunity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When space is available, Chapelgate Christian Academy (CCA) is happy to accept international students who meet entrance requirements. International students typically apply to CCA in the late fall and early spring for admittance to the following school year which begins in late August. Chapelgate admits international students 9th-12th grade.

CCA has been approved to issue I-20 documents for international students who have been accepted by the Academy and are applying for F-1 visas. Once a student has been offered admission to CCA, they need to submit the $1,590 deposit by April 1st or within 2 weeks of acceptance to the school in order to confirm their intent to enroll. Of the $1,590, $400 is credited toward tuition, and $1,190 is the insurance premium. The student’s I-20 will be available once this deposit has been received.

To be considered for admission to CCA, international students must submit the items listed below to the Admissions Office.
All documents are to be provided in English, or accompanied by English translations:
✓ all CCA application forms (available at chape.staging.wpengine.com ) with the $750 application fee
✓ proof of compliance with all immunizations currently required by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. This must be received by Chapelgate Christian Academy no later than August 1st. Families who fail to meet this important deadline may be charged a significant penalty. In addition, CCA will not admit students to class until full compliance is demonstrated.
✓ a copy of the prior year’s report card and the most recent report card that includes information about the grading scale; it is expected that international applicants to CCA have grades that are above average
✓ proof of English proficiency as demonstrated by the student’s performance on a TOEFL or Duolingo English test for all students.
✓ evidence demonstrating that the student or sponsoring parents have sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses during the period of intended study
✓ a recommendation from the pastor of the church where the family or guardian of the student worships, if the student’s family or guardians are Christians.
✓ a copy of the student’s passport
✓ a copy of the student’s F-1 Visa – if one has already been issued to the student by another school in the US
✓ recommendation forms completed by the student’s current Administrator, and English and Math teachers.
✓ an essay of introduction completed by the student applying for admission; this should tell why the student wants to attend CCA, what he or she hopes to accomplish as a student in the U.S. and describe his or her personality, character, interests, and goals.
✓ Applicants will be asked to participate, with at least one parent, in an interview with the admissions committee. This is scheduled ahead of time and conducted by Skype or WeChat. During the interview, the prospective student is expected to speak in English; parents may require the presence of an interpreter.

Although CCA requires international students to demonstrate their proficiency in English before they can be accepted, the Academy does provide additional instructional services for English as a Second Language learners (ESL). CCA offers courses in International Bible, ESL and Advanced ESL English, and ESL U.S. History for high school students.

No. Parents or guardians are responsible for transporting students.

Some families of international students make arrangements with a relative or trusted friend to be their child’s guardian. Families of international students are welcome to make their own homestay arrangements independently from Chapelgate Christian Academy. However, CCA cannot take responsibility for resolving any disagreements or problems that may occur in these situations. They must provide CCA with information about the adults with whom their child will be living including:
✓The name(s) of the parent(s) or guardian(s) with whom they will be living in the U.S.
✓The address at which they will be living in the U.S.
✓U.S. telephone numbers – including home, work, and cell phone numbers – for their parent(s) or guardian(s)
✓Email addresses for the parent(s) and guardian(s) that can be accessed both in America and in the student’s home country.

Important Note: Medical Release and Power of Attorney documents that have been completed by the parents and notarized, will authorize the current guardian — whether arranged by the family, through an agency, or by CCA — to make decisions on behalf of the parents regarding their student’s health, education, and welfare. These must be submitted to CCA before the student’s registration can be completed. For international students whose families need help finding guardians, CCA can make arrangements for homestay placements with American families and provide on-going support services. Students who are living with host families that have been provided through Chapelgate Christian Academy pay an additional fee to cover the expenses of the host family and the services provided by a Home Stay Coordinator.

The Academy offers a college preparatory program for both average and advanced students. The curriculum is written and approved by the faculty and administration. Textbooks are selected from both Christian and secular publishers based upon the excellence and appropriateness of each book. Currently, CCA offers 9 Advanced Placement courses and 8 Honors Courses. The Christian world and life view is integrated in each subject at CCA. Chapelgate Christian Academy is accredited by both the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Students are to be in class by 8:10 each morning; they are dismissed at 2:45p.m. Students are not to arrive earlier than 7:30 a.m. and must be picked up no later than 4:00 p.m., except when they are attending extra-curricular activities under the supervision of designated school personnel; such as athletic practices or games, drama practices or performances, and robotics team meetings or competitions.

For the 2021-22 school year, tuition for each international student is $27,250 for the full year. This includes retreats, non-consumable textbooks, some activity fees, and the health insurance coverage from August 1, 2021- July 31, 2022 that is required by CCA. Families are also responsible for the Retreat Fee of $180 and the Materials Fee of $514 which covers curriculum aids, workbooks, online textbook access, locks, student planner/agenda books, day field trips, fine arts, athletics, PE and team uniforms, yearbook, PSAT testing, and graduation cap and gown. Not included are school supplies, overnight conferences and New York City field trip, socks and hats for team uniforms, school uniforms, AP tests, and Senior activities. Tuition for international students can be paid in full by July 20th or by semester, with the first payment due by July 20th and the second payment due by January 20th.

An international student who applies after July 1 and is offered admission to CCA must pay their deposit within 5 days and, if applicable, the home stay fee to confirm their intent to enroll. Once receipt of this payment (either by wire transfer or clearance of a check) has been confirmed, CCA will issue the I-20 to the student.

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