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International Student Process

ACS welcomes and allows international students from grades 6-12 to apply for admission.
Students enter a rigorous academic program taught through a Biblical Worldview, gain a global perspective, and participate in enriching courses and extracurriculars. ACS offers college preparatory academics, including AP courses and a well-rounded approach to education using the Harkness Method.

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Application Process

The Application Process involves the following:

  1. A completed International Student online application by the parent, guardian, and student.
  2. A copy of student passport.
  3. A financial disclosure form.
  4. Interview (in person or phone or Skype) with student and parent and/or guardian. During this interview the student's English-speaking level will be evaluated as the interview questions are asked. Students should answer the interview questions as thoroughly as possible to accurately show their ability to communicate in English.
  5. Official transcripts from the last two years signed and sealed. Official transcripts must be translated into English. If accepted we will also need the student’s current official end of the school year transcript. This transcript must also be signed, sealed, and translated to English.
  6. Complete record of immunizations, translated into English.
  7. Application fee of $65 ($75 after January 27th)
  8. Admissions decision by ACS Admissions Committee once all of the above steps have been completed. 

The application will not be processed until all forms are received by ACS.


International Student Admissions Application LINK

Requirements for Admission

The requirements for admission to the ACS International Student Program are as follows:
  • Excellent grades and accomplishments at current school
  • English language proficiency 
  • Emotional maturity and readiness to attend school away from parents
  • Desire for an education that includes Christian values, Bible study, and learning the life and teachings of Jesus Christ

Personal Interview

The personal interview is administered by our Admissions and Marketing Director. The interview is with the applying student and with the parent/guardian (if possible) for about 30 – 45 minutes. This is done in person at ACS or over a webcam with Skype. The interview does not take place until the application is completed.

Acceptance and Enrollment

Following the decision for admission by the Admissions Committee, the acceptance letter and enrollment information is sent to the student. When the student arrives in the U.S. additional testing may be required to help with placing the student in the right classes or grade level.

Grade Level

International students are not permitted to enter ACS for the 12th grade only; they must begin in grade 11 or younger. Exceptions to admit 12th grade international may be made if the student has attended multiple years of U.S. schooling prior to Ambassador.


Applying for 2023-2024 School Year Date of Birth Must Be:
Grade 9 (Class of 2027) After June 14, 2007
Grade 10 (Class of 2026) After June 14, 2006
Grade 11 (Class of 2025) After June 14, 2005
Grade 12 (Class of 2024) After June 14, 2004
Applying for 2024-2025 School Year Date of Birth Must Be:
Grade 9 (Class of 2028) After June 14, 2008
Grade 10 (Class of 2027) After June 14, 2007
Grade 11 (Class of 2026) After June 14, 2006
Grade 12 (Class of 2025) After June 14, 2005
Applying for 2025-2026 School Year Date of Birth Must Be:
Grade 9 (Class of 2029) After June 14, 2009
Grade 10 (Class of 2028) After June 14, 2008
Grade 11 (Class of 2027) After June 14, 2007
Grade 12 (Class of 2026) After June 14, 2006

Single Semester Applicants

While single semester applicants are welcome to apply, the Ambassador Admissions Committee gives admissions priority to international students applying to at least one full academic year or longer.


Issuing the I‐20

Upon acceptance to ACS, and after the receipt of the International Student Enrollment Contract and Administration Fee, the I‐20 will be issued to the student. This document is the basis for receiving an F‐1 visa status from the United States Department of Homeland Security. Within two weeks before starting school, the student is expected to secure medical insurance and make sure all immunizations are up to date to attend school.


Athletic Eligibility

Specific California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and Central Coast Section (CCS) laws apply to sports participation for international students. International student applicants should request athletic eligibility during the admissions process if school sports teams participation is desired.


Non­‐Discrimination Policy

ACS does not discriminate among its students on the basis of religious belief. It does not, in the operation of its school, favor or disfavor students on the basis of their religious beliefs such that a reasonable student would assume that the benefits of the school would be more likely conferred upon him or her if the student adopted certain religious beliefs or practices. It does not impose requirements that would tend to discourage prospective students of different religious persuasions from making application to the school or students of different religious persuasions from availing themselves of the school’s programs.



For more information, please contact our Admissions Director, Mrs. Kim [email protected], 310.356.0950.