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International Admissions

High Bluff Academy welcomes students from all nations. Students who plan to come to San Diego, with their parents or by themselves, may attend. This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students on F-1 student visas. For those students coming alone, guardianships and housing can be arranged with local families who live near the school. Housing and guardianship is $15, 000 per school year (does not include summer).

San Diego has the most ideal climate of any city in the United States. High Bluff Academy is located near beautiful beaches in a charming seaside resort town. Visitors from all over the world flock to San Diego for its outdoor-lifestyle and fun attractions. To find out more about San Diego, Please visit http://www.sandiego.org 

High Bluff Academy accepts students entering grades 9 through 12 who have some proficiency in English. High Bluff Academy has its own after-school tutoring and test prep program where students can get help with SAT/ ACT and TOEFL preparation, college counseling, and assistance with college applications and college visits.

TUITION

$21,500 per year (includes books and school fees)

Homestay Placement Fee: $500 (one-time fee)

Senior Graduation Fee: $500 (covers special activities and graduation gala)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Fall 2018 – March 15, 2018

Admissions Criteria: We encourage students with limited English to enter our school in Grade 9 in order to be fully prepared for university.
International students who study all four years in the U.S. are NOT required to take the TOEFL exam. 

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

These are guidelines, but if the students are not at the cut off, we will look more at the Reading and Writing sub scores (speaking and listening will improve once the students arrive in the U.S.).

GRADE AGE on AUGUST 31 TOEFL JR / IBT
GRADE 9 14 – 15 785 TOEFL JR / 55 on IBT
GRADE 10 15 – 16 845 TOEFL JR / 64 on IBT
GRADE 11 16 – 17 70 on IBT
GRADE 12 17 – 18 80 on IBT

  Please click on the link to find a testing center in your country. TOEFL JR If you cannot find a TOEFL JR test site, you can take the ITEP SLATE

ADMISSION TIMETABLE

$500 (one-time fee)

Step 1 (Day 1): Application and fee received
  Transcripts received
  Letter of recommendation received
  Test scores received
Step 2 (Day 14): Skype interview conducted
Step 3 (Day 16): Notice of acceptance via email
Step 4 (Day 30): $1,000 tuition deposit due
Step 5 (Day 35): Acceptance letter and I-20 sent via UPS

After receipt of the Acceptance letter and I-20, the student must complete the following:

1. Pay the $200 SEVIS Fee for the I-901 online at Dept. of Homeland Security website.

2. Ask your bank to complete the required financial records.

3. Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy to schedule an interview.

4. Make sure you have everything necessary for the interview.

Once you receive your student visa, or are notified of a denial, please contact the school at admissions@highbluffacademy.com

5. You will receive a guardianship form and a Homestay Contract with your I-20. Both of these will need to be signed, NOTARIZED, and emailed to us. The original documents should be mailed to us. If your child is living with a relative or family friend, the school will need a copy of proof of Legal Guardianship.

6. You will need to get your students cleared by a doctor and a dentist before they come to the U.S. MEDICAL AND DENTAL CARE ARE EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE IN THE U.S.

7. You will need to purchase medical insurance for a period covering the student’s first day of arrival until June 10, 2018 (school ends on June 7, 2018) [International student insurance link from the current website]

8. Once you purchase an airline ticket, notify the school of the travel arrangements and whether the student will need transportation from the Los Angeles International Airport or the San Diego Airport.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INSURANCE

Health Insurance is mandatory for all students. You can use this link or purchase any insurance policy of your choosing.

All students are required to have medical insurance. Parents may choose the insurance coverage they prefer.

Please visit this link to learn more: International Student Insurance

CURRICULUM

GRADE 9
Grammar and Language Intermediate ELD
English Literature English 9
Social Studies Introduction to U.S. History
Speech Speech
Math Math 1, 2, or 3
Science Chemistry
Elective (Choose 2) P.E. Tech, Art, Music

* Highlighted courses are “sheltered” for ESL students only. All other courses are mixed with native speakers.

GRADE 10
English Language Advanced ELD
English Literature English 10
History World History
Speaking Speech or TOEFL prep
Math Math 1, 2, or 3
Science Physics
Math Math 2, 3 or Honors Precalc*
Elective (Choose 2)  

* Honors Precalc college level class earns a weighted grade

GRADE 11
English Language Writing Support
English Literature English 11
History U.S. History (1865 to present)
Science Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics
Math Math 3, Honors Precalc, AP Calc
Science ACT and/or TOEFL
Test Prep Math 2, 3 or Honors Precalc*
Academic Electives AP Psychology, Extra Science class, AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science, Geography, AP Statistics
Other Electives P.E. Art, Music, Service Club

TOEFL is not required of international students who have attended high school in the U.S. for three years or more. Students may choose to submit TOEFL scores if ACT English scores are not high enough.

* Honors Precalc college level class earns a weighted grade

GRADE 12
English Literature English 12
Social Studies American Government & Economics OR AP Politics & Government and AP Macroeconomics
Electives Science, Math, Computer Science, Technology, Art, Spanish, Geography, etc.
Science Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics
Math Math 3, Honors Precalc, AP Calc
Science ACT and/or TOEFL
Test Prep Math 2, 3 or Honors Precalc*
Academic Electives AP Psychology, Extra Science class, AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science, Geography, AP Statistics
Other Electives P.E. Art, Music, Service Club

 

* Honors Precalc college level class earns a weighted grade

For a list of activities available to High Bluff students, click on the link:  Activities