Dear Prospective Student,
Thank you for expressing interest in Providence Christian Academy! We are currently enrolling international students in grades 6-8 for Spring 2016 and the 2016-2017 school year. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer high school classes at this time, but please continue to check this website for changes in the future. If you have any questions or to submit your completed application, please e-mail me: click here Kimberly Yau.
International Student Director
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What financial considerations should I make before deciding to study at PCA?
PCA requires that international student tuition, fees, and health insurance be paid in full prior to the beginning of the school year. Additionally, students will stay with a host family and need to pay for their room and board. Also, students will need to follow the school dress code, which may require them to purchase appropriate clothing for the school day. All other costs such as living expenses, field trip fees, and athletic fees are subject to student participation and vary from student to student. Please see the international student fee schedule for detailed information.
2. Is financial assistance offered to international students?
No. Unfortunately, financial assistance is only available to domestic students at this time.
3. What is required for admission to PCA?
International students who wish to study at PCA have to meet several requirements in order to be considered for admission to PCA. First, students must fill out the International Student Application, which includes an essay that must be handwritten, scanned, and sent as an attachment into an e-mail with the rest of the application. Official transcripts detailing the student’s past two academic years and the results of their TOEFL test also need to be scanned and attached. Once the application is received and reviewed, the student will be notified via e-mail to set up an appointment time for a Skype interview. Once these requirements have been met, the student will either be accepted or denied admission. If a student is accepted, there are additional steps that he/she needs to take to obtain an F-1 student visa from the US consulate in their home country. The International Student Director will assist students who have been accepted through this process.
4. Which English language assessments will be accepted as part of the requirements for acceptance?
Students must take either the TOEFL Jr. Comprehensive Test or the TOEFL iBT. The TOEFL Jr. Comprehensive Test measures all four components of English language ability (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), and is appropriate for the middle and high school levels. Students should apply to PCA if they are interested, regardless of their test scores, but a general standard for acceptance is a 4 for the TOEFL Jr. and a 70 for the TOEFL iBT.
5. When should I begin my application process?
As soon as possible! PCA has a rolling admission, especially for international students. You will want to start on your application right away so that we have time to process paperwork on our end, and so that you have enough time to go through the process of obtaining your student visa from the American consulate.
6. Do I need immunizations?
Yes. All students in Kentucky are required to have specific immunizations in order to attend school. Please see the health form for further information.
7. What are the benefits of attending a small private school?
Attending a small, private school gives you the opportunity to interact with teachers in small classroom setting. You will receive the personal attention that you need! Also, because our international program is new, we will have relatively few international students. This means that you will have a true American school experience.
8. Where will I live?
Host families are carefully chosen by the school, and they generally have children who are attending PCA. Host families live in or around the Georgetown area, and they will transport their international students to and from school daily. Students will have their own bedroom, and meals will be prepared for them. Participating in a homestay is an exciting way to experience American culture and family life, and international students are treated just like one of the family!
9. Are English support services offered?
Yes. Students will be required to attend an academic support class once a week during their first year in the United States. Required attendance will be reevaluated at the end of the first year. Because of PCA’s small class sizes, we are also able to track students based on their ability. For example, a student entering 9th grade may need to take 8th grade English, but they could also take 10th grade Math. Teachers determine student placement based on entrance exams and in-class observation.
10. Do you have to be a Christian to go to PCA?
No, you do not have to be a Christian to attend PCA, but students are required to participate in all school activities, which include daily Bible classes and weekly Chapel services. All classes are taught from a Biblical worldview, and each class begins with prayer. Students are also encouraged to attend church on Sundays with their host families.
11. How is the American school system set up?
America’s grading system goes from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Elementary school is considered grades 1-5. Middle school is grades 6-8, and high school is grades 9-12. School starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.
12. How will I get to Georgetown?
Once you have been accepted to PCA, obtained your visa from the US consulate, and booked your flight to the United States, you will need to e-mail a copy of your flight itinerary to the International Student Director, and a staff member of PCA will pick you up at the airport and transport you directly to your host family in Georgetown. Within two or three days of your arrival, your host family will bring you to PCA so that you can see the school and get any materials that you may need before school starts.
13. When will I be expected to arrive in the United States?
International students will need to arrive in the United States one week prior to the beginning of school. This will give you time to adjust to the time difference, rest, and go through a short orientation specifically for international students. This will also give you time to get to know your host family before school starts!
14. Do I need health insurance in the United States?
Yes. Every international student is required to purchase health insurance in the United States in case they need medical care while completing their studies. Health insurance plans will be set up with the help of our International Student Director, but it is the responsibility of the student’s family to handle any claims that may arise. Before school begins, a copy of your American insurance cards must be filed in the PCA main office.
15. Do I have to play sports?
No! Many international students are aware that sports are a large part of American culture, but students do not have to participate in after school sports unless they want to. Students are required to take Physical Education once a week, but that will be their only physical requirement.
16. Will I have internet access at my homestay?
Yes. We understand that the internet is a means of communication with your family and friends back home, and we require host families to have a reliable internet connection for you to use during your stay.
17. Does PCA accept short-term or single semester students?
Yes! We will accept students who only wish to come for one semester, but you may find that you will want to stay for the whole year!
18. What is the closest airport to PCA?
The Lexington Bluegrass Airport (LEX) is the closest airport to Georgetown. It is about a 20 minute drive. The next closest airport is the Cincinnati airport (CVG), which is about a one hour drive from PCA.