IHP Admission

How to Apply

It is our pleasure to assist you throughout the application process to make applying both simple and convenient for your family. Our online application ensures that you can submit your application with ease and that we can quickly respond to any questions you may have.

When to Apply

We encourage students to begin the application process in the fall for the following school year. Current school year applications are accepted at any time.


Students from China must first contact Dr. David Edgren of Creative Alternatives for Study Abroad (CASA) at davidjedgren@gmail.com before applying. Chinese applicants must have an affiliation with CASA in order to apply.

Students from other parts of the world who would like to use an agent should contact Chad Whetzell of Academic Opportunities in America (AOA) at cwhetzell@aoamerica.com. AOA must contact Carla Evans, Southside Christian School’s International Homestay Program Director, before applying. Carla may be reached at cevans@southsidechristian.org.

Submitting an Application

  • Select Apply Now (click here).
  • Follow the steps to create an account.
  • Log in to your account and select Create a New Student Application.
  • Choose the International Homestay Student Application (Grades 6-12)
  • Complete the application.
  • Required Documents needed for application
  • Submit the application along with a $50 non-refundable fee.

You will have the flexibility to log in to your account at any time to finish the application and print your completed submission.

English Proficiency Requirement

Southside Christian School requires a high level of English proficiency for student applicants. Applicants will be required to submit an English proficiency test score as part of the application process. A variety of tests are accepted by SCS. Links to most of these test websites can be found on the Resources page.

  • International Test of English Proficiency Secondary Level Assessment Test of English (iTEP SLATE)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Junior (TOEFL Junior)

Interview and Acceptance

After all application materials are received (list of required documents), we will review the application. Following a positive application review, a member of our team will contact you to schedule an interview. Interviews will be conducted online or on campus (when possible). After this interview is held, the school will contact the student regarding acceptance.
Within thirty days of acceptance, you will receive an enrollment packet from the school. This packet will include an Acceptance Letter, Tuition Statement, Financial Agreement,  I-20 Form and other important documents. The student is responsible for contacting their local U.S. Embassy to schedule a visa interview. The student will also need to pay the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) I-901 fee online at www.ice.gov/sevis/i901.

Also within thirty days of acceptance, the student’s family must submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $4,000.

We appreciate your interest in Southside Christian School and welcome the opportunity to assist you in any way that we can. If you have questions regarding your application please feel free to contact:

Carla Evans
International Homestay Program Director
(864) 234-7575, Ext. 1258

  • Visit Us
  • Request Info
  • Apply Now