International Admissions

Thank you for considering Phil-Mont Christian Academy as a potential school for your international student. We have a rich history of working with caring families in other countries to prepare their children for college or university. Our school is a small, safe, academically rigorous college preparatory school which has been in operation since 1943. Phil-Mont is authorized under Federal law through the Department of Homeland Security to enroll non-immigrant students, and we take that authorization seriously. We accept applications from students going into grades 7-11 with certain stipulations. Primary entry grades are 9 and 10. See below for details.

  • We ask that all international students comply with all federal regulations regarding travel, stay, and education.
  • We ask that students comply with the state health/immunization requirements. This may mean getting medical checkups after arriving in the country.
  • Finally, we ask that students comply with the policies and procedures of Phil-Mont which have been established specifically for the safety of our international students and the protection of both the school and any host family.

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International Admissions - FAQ's

  • School enrollment: Approx. 260 students (K-12)
  • International Enrollment for 2017-18: 17 total, 15 Chinese. Please contact us regarding current spots available.
  • International Applications: accepted for grades 7-11, but students for grades 7 or 8 must be hosted by local, church-going, Christian family relatives and students entering grade 11 must be transferring from another U.S. school. Phil-Mont does not accept 12th grade applicants.
  • English Proficiency Tests: Phil-Mont has standards for English Proficiency, but will make decisions individually for applicants who have not taken these tests yet.
  • Applicant Interview: Phil-Mont requires a personal or Skype interview with all applicants to help determine fit and English proficiency
  • Student support: Phil-Mont requires international students to take ESL for an additional fee, which students may test out of. Students are assessed twice each school year with the SELP test. Phil-Mont also requires/offers our Learning Center for more one-on-one support and extended testing time for an additional fee.
  • Application dates: For starting with the fall semester, applicants must have submitted paperwork prior to June 30th. Phil-Mont does offer Spring semester (February) enrollment in special circumstances.
  • School location type: Suburban, 1 acre, next to a park
  • Religious affiliation: Christian, non-denominational, Protestant
  • AP courses offered: 4 (Calculus, History, English, Art) – Click here to view our full High School Profile
  • Honors courses offered: 14
  • Student-to-Teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Average SAT scores: Click here to view our full High School Profile
  • Host families: Phil-Mont has recommended families, but the responsibility is ultimately on the agent/agency to find and pay the host family for each student. (see our host family information)
  • Transportation: Provided by local school districts within a 10 miles radius of the school, and are for regular school hours only.
  • Current full year tuition: High school (grades 9-12) – $19,675. Middle school (grades 7 & 8) – $17,785 this price includes services provided by our international student coordinator to help improve the overall quality of the students’ time at Phil-Mont.
  • Additional Fees: $500 one time application fee; Activity fee (HS $200, MS $150) each year; High school ESL – $1,575, Learning Center – $2,000 as required.
  • Tuition and fees are due up front and may not be refunded since the school budgets for teachers based on that tuition.

ORIENTATION/INTENSIVE ESL CLASS

ALL NEW STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND PHIL-MONT’S 3 WEEK ORIENTATION/INTENSIVE ESL CLASS (AUGUST 13 – 31)

Fee: $3500
Covers: Classes, Trips, Homestay, Meals, Transportation
Phil-Mont’s International Student Orientation and Intensive ESL Class is required of all new students and helps prepare students for the rigor of the classroom. Students can “hit the ground running” as the receive support on their required summer reading and cultural acclamation. The non-refundable fee for this class must be paid before Phil-Mont will issue an I-20 to any student.


ADMISSIONS PROCESS
1. Review Phil-Mont’s admissions policies for international students – See handbook
2. Apply online ($500 non-refundable application fee)
3. Schedule and complete a video interview
4. Acceptance determined by admissions committee and communicated to family
5. Pay Orientation fee ($3500 non refundable) to receive I-20
6. Submit proper records and signed contract to be enrolled.
7. Host family, busing, tuition payment, summer reading, supplies, uniforms and additional documents worked through.


HOSTING FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
It is the responsibility of each international family to find the proper host for their child while learning at Phil-Mont.

  • We can make recommendations on potential host families know to the school to either be currently hosting, have hosted in the past, or have completed the appropriate paperwork to host for the first time. We will share this information when it is available.
  • Host families must meet certain requirements, including completion of our host family agreement, our host family application, a Pastoral Reference from their church, and the state mandated clearance background checks.
  • Host families coordinate with the biological parents or guardian/agency to schedule hosting payments.
  • Students are required to commit to and stay with their assigned host family for at least one school year, with the exception of family conflicts where the school deems it necessary to move.
  • All student moves must be pre-approved by Phil-Mont and all host families must meet Phil-Mont’s admissions requirements.
  • See Host Requirements | See Student Guidelines
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Families, Students, Host Families, Agents, Guardians, and potential host families can call (215.233.0782 ext. 410) or email the admissions department at any time during regular school hours. Sending an email is the quickest way to get a response. We look forward to working with you.