For over 20 years we have been bringing students to CVCA from our sister schools around the world: Danielsen Christian School in Bergen, Norway; EIPG: International School Preparing Generations in Atibaia, Brazil; and Doulos Discovery School in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. In most cases students from these schools are juniors who come to CVCA for one year of study. For the last ten years we have also had a steady influx of students from around the world who come to CVCA during 9th or 10th grade and stay through graduation. Many matriculate to American colleges and universities.
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All of our international students are hosted by CVCA and local Christian families and are fully integrated into the CVCA community.
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School Profile For International Students
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy enrolls 800 university-bound students in grades 7-12. The school’s mission is achieved through an advanced curriculum (including 14 AP courses), student ministries, 13 performing arts groups, 25 varsity sports, 23 student organizations, and a dynamic student body.
Curricular enhancements include Jterm, five Schools of Distinction (Medical Sciences, Engineering, Business and Entrepreneurship, Arts and Humanities, and Vocational Ministry), weekly Connections groups, and a new 36,000 square foot building expansion.
The school is within 30 minutes of nearby Cleveland, with access to all the resources the city offers. Local universities provide college courses for high school students both on campus and online. CVCA is located on a beautiful 70-acre campus bordering a national park.
Hosting An International Student
Every year we have the opportunity to bring students from a variety of countries to CVCA to live and study for a year or more. To make this a unique experience for these students we would like you to consider hosting a student for the upcoming year. Below you will find some of the questions often asked about the program.
What is the International Student Program – ISP?
The ISP gives qualified international students the opportunity to study at CVCA 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. The school recruits, screens, trains, and cares for international students who attend the school. These international students live with Christian host families for the academic year. Mrs. Ellen Rasper, International Student Coordinator, gives the students and their host families supervision and support throughout the school year. She is available to answer questions and help resolve difficulties. Mrs. Rasper can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the application process for becoming a host?
Contact Ellen Rasper, ISP Coordinator, at email@example.com.
- Complete the “Host Application Form” emailed to you. The application requires a statement of faith and requests references.
- Participate in a home visit. A member of CVCA’s ISP will visit with you and your family. This is both an interview and an informational session. The school will conduct a criminal background check on all household members age 18 and older as required by state law.
If we are approved as a host family, what will our responsibilities be?
Host families provide a “home away from home” for international students. You provide supervision and support as well as housing, meals, and transportation. International students and their parents are expected to cover school tuition and fees (including a home-stay fee) and personal expenses such as money for recreational activities and trips. All host parents must be Christian believers and be committed to setting a godly example and investing in the spiritual development of the international student placed in their home.
Is there any financial support for hosting families?
Yes. Host families receive a home-stay stipend to cover many of the expenses associated with hosting a student. Mrs. Rasper can explain how payment is handled. Often, host families may choose to incur expenses that are not completely covered by the home-stay stipend, so families should be prepared for this possibility.
Will we be able to choose which international student stays with us?
Once you have been initially screened as a host family, Mrs. Rasper will give you some information about the students that are enrolled for the upcoming school year. She will recommend students that appear to be a good fit with your family, and you can share your preferences. You will always have the option to decline hosting if there are no students you would like to host.
What should we consider as we think about applying to host an international student?
- Prayer: What is God saying about the possibility of your hosting an international student?
- Interest: Are you interested in learning about another culture and country? Are you interested in providing a home to a high school student? Are all of your family members interested?
- Adaptability: Are you willing to adapt to someone living in your home who will be culturally different? Are you willing to learn and grow? Are you willing to help an international student learn by taking time to explain differences?
- Logistics: Will you have enough time to invest in another child in your home? Will you be able to provide reasonable transportation for activities? Do you have a place in your home where another child would have space to study and sleep?
- Finances: Will your family be able to handle the additional financial expense of adding a student to your household?
- Current Family Situations: Are there situations in your family right now that would make it difficult for you to host well, such as the recent death of a loved one, serious health problems, or relational issues?
Will our international student be able to speak English?
Yes. Your student will have enough English ability to have been accepted to the school. Students’ language abilities will vary, but all students should be conversational in English—meaning they can get by in most conversational settings—but they will not necessarily be fluent. Students will have studied English in school but may not have ever been immersed in the language. Therefore, host families will need to be patient and give students helpful advice and informal instruction.
When will our International student arrive and leave?
Your student will arrive 2 to 3 days before the first day of school or orientation and depart within 5 days of the last day of school. Once you have been matched with a specific student, Mrs. Rasper will let you know that student’s arrival date.
What resources will the ISP provide for host families?
The ISP will supply each host family with a host family handbook to help you prepare for your student’s arrival. It will address issues that may arise during the program, and it will give you some practical tips for the whole journey from beginning to end. Mrs. Rasper will also give you specific information about your student and will be available throughout the school year to answer questions and help you work through any difficulties that might arise. In addition, Mr. Steve Kasiguran provides academic guidance to you and your international student.
STEP: Short Term Exchange Program
In addition to our ISP, CVCA offers STEP: Short Term Exchange Program. STEP brings in students from our sister schools in Norway and Brazil for a two-week cultural visit during early October. Then, during the time of our Jterm program, CVCA students visit our guests in their home countries. CVCA families interested in hosting a STEP student should contact Mrs. Ellen Rasper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISP Admissions & Hosting: Mrs. Ellen Rasper at email@example.com
ISP Student Ministries Faculty: Mr. Steve Hyatt firstname.lastname@example.org
ISP Guidance Counselor: Mr. Steve Kasiguran at email@example.com