International Student Program

One of the unique features of Southside Christian School is our International Student Program (ISP), which allows international students to live with English-speaking, Christian families while attending SCS.

We believe this offers a much better learning environment for our students while providing intentional emotional and social support. Students become more familiar with both the language and culture through their interaction with a homestay family. Ongoing support is provided to homestay families throughout the year.

The program has been established for over ten years. In 2020, the program was endorsed by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Southside Christian is the fourth school to receive this accreditation.

The ISP gives qualified international students the opportunity to study at the school and exposes local students to other cultures and perspectives. Overall, the program's goals are to promote cross-cultural learning and a global, Kingdom school culture that encourages students to look beyond themselves to what God is doing around the world.

We currently have international students from China, Eswatini, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, Chile, Taiwan, Canada and Haiti with graduates representing Vietnam, France, Germany, Brazil, Hungary, India, the Bahamas, South Korea, Ethiopia, and others.

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    Carla Evans 

    Director of Student Life and International Relations
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    Brooke Caneer 

    International Student Program and Student Life Assistant

Learn More & Apply

Interested in applying for the International Student Program? Contact Carla Evans at for more information, check out the tuition and fees, or apply now.

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    Carla Evans 

    Director of Student Life and International Relations

Meet the Director of Student Life & International Relations

Carla Evans provides leadership for every aspect of our International Student Program. She holds bachelors’ degrees from Southern Wesleyan University in music and psychology and a certification in teaching English as a second language from the University of Cambridge. She has a Master of Education degree from Columbia International University.

Carla has held various teaching positions from kindergarten through adult studies in the United States and Europe, including a term on the mission field in the Czech Republic. At Southside Christian School, she has served as the Elementary School music teacher and has taught  in Student Success Services. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Carla was involved in many aspects of the International Student Program before becoming the Director. She has also directed the Southside Christian Summer English Academy since 2012, coordinated academic support programs and group activities for international students, and worked closely with the homestay families, homestay students, and the High School faculty. Carla and her husband have two sons, Rylee, her niece, and host an international student, Menzi.