Thank you for taking the next step to becoming a student at The Highlands. Our international students are an asset to our community and find The Highlands School an engaging community. We welcome a limited number of students in each grade from across the globe who meet our admissions criteria.
Complete an Online Application
Apply online using our online application. We ask that you submit a family photograph with your application. Supporting documentation such as immunization, birth certificate and sacramental records must be uploaded to the online application. Students applying for 6th – 12th grade are to complete the short answer/ essay section of the application. The $100 application fee must be paid online via debt or credit card.
The Highlands requires that all applicants submit a copy of their birth certificate, immunization record and all sacramental records (if the student is Catholic). All immunization records must be compliant with the Texas State Health Department. You may upload scanned copies of these documents to your Online Application.
Request Teacher / Principal Recommendations
For PreK-6th grade applicants, The Highlands requires one teacher evaluation form and a Principal Evaluation Form. For 7th-12th grade applicants, the Highlands requires recommendations from the current English teacher and current math or science teacher, as well as a Principal Evaluation Form. Students applying from public schools are not required to submit the Principal Evaluation Form. These must be completed in English or translated to English before their submission to The Highlands School.
PREK - K RECOMMENDATION 1ST - 6TH GRADE RECOMMENDATION
7TH - 12TH GRADE RECOMMENDATION PRINCIPAL RECOMMENDATION
Applicants must authorize it and submit the Transcript Release Form to your current school to inform them that you are applying for admission to The Highlands School. In turn, the school will mail the appropriate documentsto The Highlands . All transcripts must be translated to English and be aligned to US education standards before being submitted to The Highlands School.
TRANSCRIPT RELEASE FORM
All applicants for K to 12th grade must take an admissions exam. Testing for K-5th grades may be taken online and can be scheduled with the Office of Admissions. Students applying to our middle school and high school may take an admissions exam on our campus or we also accept the ISEE test. You can register below for the ISEE test online, using The Highlands School code: 443556. All admissions exams administered on campus are offered on Friday mornings.
English Proficiency Exam
All applicants must be proficient in English. Often, our international students need additional tutoring in English to be successful in school. This tutoring, if required, is the financial responsibility of the parents. To assess the applicant’s proficiency of the English language, all are required to take the appropriate TOEFL exam. These are offered around the globe. Results must be submitted to The Highlands as part of the admissions decision.
TOEFL Primary TOEFL Jr. TOEFL
Once all of the application materials are submitted, you will be contacted to schedule a Family Interview. Students and parents must participate in the interview. Family Interviews are held with our Directors of Formation or Director of Admissions and will be completed via Skype if a family is unable to attend in person.
Admission decisions are mailed out March 10, 2017. Early high school acceptance decisions are mailed on February 3, 2017. Acceptance of an admission offer is done by completion of the online enrollment by the date indicated in the acceptance letter to secure a seat at The Highlands.
VISA and I-20
Applicants are responsible for obtaining a VISA to attend school in the United States. Once an admission offer is made and accepted, The Highlands School is able to issue an I-20 to the student. All travel during the year must be submitted to the school.
Admitted international students are responsible for obtaining their own insurance for their time in the United States. The Highlands can offer suggestions as to where to obtain this insurance.
The Highlands School does not provide host families for students. We can offer a list of families who may be open to hosting an international student. It is up to the host families and international student family to sign the appropriate host agreements. Any payments for host services are made directly to the host family and not The Highlands School.