International Students

Meet Our International Director

Meet Our International Director

Mrs. Lacey Sorn

Email: lsorn@elhs.org 

 Our program for international students maintains high standards while offering English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for students who need this support. Our average class size is 20 with an overall 11:1 student to teacher ratio. These factors benefit students by allowing teachers more one-on-one teaching opportunities.

International students at Evergreen Lutheran experience a broad interaction of cultures in daily life and through organized programming. Many students have the chance to live in the same home with a student from America or may be paired with a roommate from a different country or continent.

Designed cultural experiences and a cross-cultural mentoring program enable international students to find success inside and outside of the classroom. International students also have opportunities to share their own cultural background by presenting to school groups and showing friends the unique and interesting aspects of life at home.

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Our Board of Directors strive to offer a competitive and affordable tuition rate for our students. While providing a quality, Christ-centered education.

2020-2021 Pricing for International Students

International student expenses without ELHS housing
Tuition Fee:         $19,000.00
Registration Fee:  $1,400.00
TOTAL FEES:      $20,400.00
Admission Fee:         $100.00 [one time fee for new admissions]

International student expenses with housing
Tuition Fee:        $19,000.00
Registration Fee:    1,400.00
Home-stay Fee:      10,500.00
TOTAL FEES:     $30,900.00 

International students can choose to find their own housing or can take advantage of our network of homes available through Evergreen Lutheran. We find that living with a family can have many advantages for international students as they benefit from the first-hand language immersion and American culture experiences.

Evergreen Lutheran High School (ELHS) requests your application by May 1. It is recommended that your application be submitted early to guarantee a place for the upcoming school year.

Step 1 – Submit all documents and fees online at http://mytads.com/a/evergreenlutheran:

  1. Application Form
  • Pages 1 – 4 to be completed by the student and family
  • “Student’s Life” to be completed by the student
  • “Counselor Recommendation” to be completed by the school principal or counselor
  • “Teacher Recommendation” to be completed by the student’s teacher, advisor or class master
  1. Financial statement to supply proof of financial support
  2. School Transcripts
  • The student will send official school transcripts with the application form from any schools attended during the last three years. These transcripts must be translated to English.
  1. Submit a current medical immunization/vaccination record.
  2. Remit the US$100 US application fee.
  3. Request the release of your school records.

Step 2 – Within two weeks, ELHS will notify the student of the acceptance or denial of his/her application. When the student is notified of his/her acceptance to ELHS, the student must remit a non-refundable US$800 partial payment of the registration fee and a US$3800 deposit (20% of the total tuition) before proceeding to Step 3.

Step 3 – After ELHS receives the non-refundable US$800 partial registration fee and the US$3800 tuition deposit, the following will be sent to the mailing address listed in the online application within two weeks:

  • The Acceptance Letter
  • The I-20 form from Evergreen Lutheran High School
  • The Next Steps for Enrollment form
  • ELHS’s International Handbook

Step 4 – If you have not already obtained the F-1 visa, the embassy will need the following documents:

  • A passport valid for at least six months after the proposed date of entry into the U.S.
  • The acceptance letter from Evergreen Lutheran High School
  • A 2” x 2” photograph
  • Completed application FORM DS-156, together with Form DS-158 (see http://www.state.gov/m/a/dir/forms/visa/index.htm or http://evisaforms.state.gov/)
  • The I-20 form from Evergreen Lutheran High School
  • The receipts for any payments made
  • Proof of payment of US$350 SEVIS I-901 fee
  • Proof of the family financial support
  • Proof of connections to home country after schooling is finished

Important Follow up Steps:

  • When the visa is granted or denied, please inform ELHS immediately.
  • Inform ELHS of flight and arrival arrangements once they are made.
  • The remaining registration fee of US$600 and the remaining tuition of US$15,200 are due by August 1.
  • All international students are required to arrive at ELHS by August 21.

Students who enroll in Evergreen Lutheran High School are required to attend school for the entire academic year. Students who withdraw, transfer, or are asked to withdraw before this time will not be granted any refund of tuition or fees and are obligated for expenses for the entire year.

Evergreen Lutheran High School
7306 Waller Rd E | Tacoma, WA 98443 | ph: 253-946-4488 | fax: 253-529-9475 | email@elhs.org