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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

It is with great pleasure that we welcome international students to Northwest Christian Schools of Lacey (NCS). NCS offers students a safe and secure learning environment. With small class sizes, averaging around 20 students, NCS provides a high standard of education based on biblical principles. We currently serve preschool through 12th grade, with the mission of providing a Christ-centered environment that promotes academic excellence, strong Christian character, leadership development, and service to others.

Our school community is very welcoming, with a heart to help students thrive and be successful. In addition, Northwest Christian High School provides college preparatory academics, a variety of elective classes, competitive sports, and an array of extra-curricular activities.

Our 14-acre campus is centrally located in the Pacific Northwest and provides students a place to experience a diverse education in a beautiful location. The majesty of Mt. Rainier, beauty of the Puget Sound waterways, and the wonder of one of the largest temperate rainforests in the United States offer exciting opportunities to enjoy nature. In addition, students and families can explore our nearby state capital located in Olympia, WA, or travel about 60 miles north to the city of Seattle.

We invite you to take the next step and look forward to welcoming you as part of the family at Northwest Christian Schools of Lacey.

TUITION & FEES

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

GRADES K-8

ANNUAL TUITION:

$13,670—Grades 1-6
$14,820—Grades 7-8

FEES:

$100—New Student Application Fee

$600—Registration Fee
Non-refundable; due with application or re-enrollment forms

$85—Field Trip Fee
Due with tuition payment

$100—Annual Student Technology Fee
Due with tuition payment

GRADES 9-12

ANNUAL TUITION:

$17,540—Grades 9-12

FEES:

$100—New Student Application Fee

$600—Registration/Enrollment Fee
Non-refundable; due with application or re-enrollment forms

$100—Annual Student Technology Fee
Due with tuition payment

Late payment policy
1) If payment is more than 14 days late, you will be charged a late fee of $500.00
2) If payment is more than 21 days late, you will not be able to attend school and your F-1 visa status may be revoked.

Insurance Sickness/Accident insurance is required for all international students
Please provide a copy of medical policy covering $100,000. Coverage must be for valid for the full school year. Lapsed coverage can jeopardize your F-1 student status and may result in dismissal from our school.

NCS Host Family Room & Board
$11,000 per year payable in 10 equal payments of $ 1,100 per month. Host fee payments are made directly to the host family by the 1st of each month. Do not send this money to NCS.

Wire Transfer Information
Please contact our Admissions or Finance office for further information.

All tuition and fees are non-refundable.

ADMISSIONS

Prior to submitting your student’s application, please contact the appropriate school to inquire about our International Student Program for the upcoming school year.

All forms are in PDF format.

STEP 1

Complete the Application Forms and send or email them along with the required documentation to:

Northwest Christian Academy
International Student Program
4706 Park Center Ave NE
Lacey WA  98516
USA

Email: Michelle Ruffier at admissions@ncslacey.org.

STEP 2

Pay your application ($100) and enrollment ($600) fees.  Wire transfer information is available, please contact the admissions office.

STEP 3

Once all required documents have been received and your student has met all necessary requirements for admissions, your student will receive their I-20 and VISA support letter so that they may schedule their VISA interview. 

STEP 4

Once student has received their student VISA, please reach out to our admissions office to complete the final documents.

  • Proof of Illness/Accident Insurance $100,000 policy
  • Full Tuition and Fees (an invoice will be provided)
  • Flight Arrival Information

STEP 4

Completed forms should be sent or emailed to:

Northwest Christian High School ISP Program
4710 Park Center Ave NE
Lacey, WA 98516
USA

International Student Program email: isp@ncslacey.org

You will be notified of the application status within two weeks.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where will I live?
Students can live with family members or family friends in the area, or they can also be placed with American host families. International students benefit greatly from the relationships formed with their host families.

What is the weather like in Washington?
Not too hot in the summer; not too cold in the winter. A healthy amount of yearly rain keeps Washington green and beautiful!

How can I maintain my F-1 (student) visa status?
Once accepted to NCA or NCHS, you will be provided with an I-20 form. We will help you through the immigration process as needed. We are a SEVP approved school authorized to enroll international F-1 students.

If I need help while I’m away from my family, what do I do?
We have an International Student Program director who will help you schedule classes and will be your liaison between school and your host family. Your host family will be your home away from home. And, of course, you may keep in touch with your family via e-mail, etc.

Do I need specific English test scores for admittance?
Students are not required to have a specific English test score to be admitted. However, before they can begin classes students may be asked to take an English placement test at the school. This will help determine placement. Our schools offer an immersion learning approach with students placed in English instructed classrooms. Support is provided to help students acclimate to the classroom. Our high school students participate in an online student interview, conducted in English, prior to acceptance.

How can I meet and socialize with other students to make new friends? 
Every year, our schools hosts a back-to-school picnic. This will be your first of many opportunities to get to know your schoolmates. Making American friends will help your English and is also great fun!

What about medical insurance?
We require that you have medical insurance during your course of study. Information will be included in your application packet.

Do I need a recruiting agency?
No! You may apply to our schools directly. No sending agent is required.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Northwest Christian Schools of Lacey, also known as Northwest Christian Preschool, Northwest Christian Academy, and Northwest Christian High School, admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to its students. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and grant programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.