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How to Become an International Student at Legacy Christian Academy (pdf)

  1. Fill out the Student Application and I-20 application and email them to mailto:shancock@legacychristianacademy.org or fax them to attn: Suzanne Hancock. There is a $300.00 fee for the I-20 and $200.00 application fee. The fee can be mailed to the school: Suzanne Hancock, Legacy Christian Academy, 8200 Hwy 105, Beaumont, TX 77713. This fee can be paid in person with cash or credit card. If a credit card is used, a 3% Administrative fee will be added to your total. If you are unable to make your make payment in person, we accept a payment on your behalf from a friend or relative.
  2. Once accepted, we will issue the I-20 and a letter of acceptance as well as letters for the embassy and mail them to you in your country. Please let us know when applying who your host home will be.
  3. Go online https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/ and pay the I-901 fee to the Dept. of Homeland Security. You will need the I-20 number for this. The receipt number from the I-901 is needed to make a visa appointment. You will then need to fill out the DS-160 to apply for the visa.
  4. Once you have a visa appointment: Take the documents we send you (I-20 and embassy letters), your passport, and proof of financial viability to the appointment.
  5. If the embassy issues the visa, you are free to make travel arrangements. Please notify us as soon as you have received your visa and made travel arrangements so that we can be prepared for your arrival.
  6. All of the other documents required will be due upon arrival at the school. Please have all documents translated and ready. Refer to the student document checklist to verify that you have everything needed.
  7. Students who have attended any classes in grades 9-12 outside of the United States will be required to take the BASI evaluation within the first 2 weeks of attendance. It will convert the foreign credits to American equivalencies. This process can sometimes be time consuming, so it must be done at the beginning of the student’s application process.

Financial Policy

  1. Students who receive their I-20 through Legacy Christian Academy are financially responsible for the entire academic year’s tuition and fees. Students who do not complete
    the entire school year are not released from their financial obligation.
  2. Tuition and fees must be received before the student will be admitted to classes. Please notify us immediately when you receive your visa so we can issue an invoice.
  3. Bank routing information can be emailed upon request.

School Handbook
The School Handbook can be downloaded or read on legacychristianacademy.org.  Click on About Legacy, then Family Handbook, and then the hand books will be visible to click on. Please read and familiarize yourself with the handbook before you arrive for classes.

Absences
Students who arrive after their program start date will be counted absent until they arrive. If they miss more than 5 days per semester they will not receive credit for the semester. Students should
not plan to extend any vacation by trying to leave early or come back late.

Transfer of International Credits
Any classes taken in 9th- 12th grade outside of the US must be evaluated for equivalencies to American credits by submitting original (untranslated) transcripts along with a certified translation of your academic transcript for any 9th-12th grade classes. Students who start on or before 9th grade do not have to transcripts evaluated. A copy of the picture page of your passport is required as well. The BASI evaluation must be completed within the first 2 weeks after the student arrives.

Tuition does not cover school uniforms. Students must purchase uniforms early enough that they are in uniform by the first day that they attend classes.

Please see the school website for full dress code requirement: www.legacychristianacademy.org Click on Academics, then on Dress Code.

General Dress Code Requirements:
Polo Shirts in navy or white
Pants, shorts or skirts in khaki or plaid – (See guidelines for lengths and styles allowed)
Chapel Wear is on Wednesdays – (please see the handbook for all dress code requirements.)
Friday, free dress code (please see the handbook for all dress code requirements.)

Insurance:
Health Insurance is not included in the tuition, but is required for students to have. There are several options for coverage:

  1. Insurance through parent’s coverage in their home country
  2. Insurance with a company you have researched
  3. Insurance through a company that advertises with us.

If you choose option 3 – the company is called ISOA. You can enroll online at www.isoa.org or call them at (800) 244-1180.

Regardless of the insurance option chosen, students need to be prepared to give insurance paperwork to the school when they arrive.

Frequently Asked Questions

 What is the International Application process?
Call for a Campus Tour with the Director of Admissions, Rhonda Cregor.  Complete the International Student Application. Return all pages marked “Return to LCA,” translated transcripts, a copy of the first page of the passport, $300 USD (non refundable) for the application for I-20 fee, and $200 USD (non refundable) for the Application fee. We encourage students to enroll for the Fall Term by the end by June 1st, so we will have sufficient time to process paperwork and visas. Enrollment for the Spring Term is open until October 1st.

Is Legacy Christian Academy just a language school?
No, LCA is a standard private high school in the state of Texas. Our school is accredited through AdvancED & Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

 Are English proficiency tests required for admittance, such as TOEFL and SLEP?
No, we do not require TOEFL or SLEP tests. We will administer the BASI, an English-proficiency test, upon the student’s arrival at LCA.

How long does it take to process an application and receive an I-20?
Once an International Student Application is received, it is reviewed by the International Admissions Committee and decided upon for admittance. The student will then be notified of acceptance via e-mail along with an invoice, and must contact the Business Office to make payment arrangements. The student will be required to submit payment for one full year. LCA will then send the I-20 and other admission documents by mail.

What type of visa does Legacy Christian Academy issue? Can I use a J1 at LCA?
LCA issues the I-20 for the F1 student visa, which is for multiple years. The J1 visa is a student exchange visa that is only good for one academic year, usually used by a standard public school. LCA does not issue J1 visas, and we will not become involved with trying to switch from a J1 to F1 visa. We are strictly F1.

 What is your refund policy?
The International Application Fee and International I-20 Application Fee are both non-refundable. If a student is denied a visa for any reason, LCA will return 100% of the paid tuition. Once a student has arrived and enrolled at LCA, the current semester is non-refundable.

If adequate time and communication is not given before a withdrawal, we reserve the right to charge a Late-Withdrawal Fee in the amount of one-fourth of the total annual tuition.

What percentage of students graduate, and what percentage of students continue on to a university?
LCA proudly graduates 100% of our students, and sends 100% on to a university.

Is an International student required to bring a laptop computer?
No, it is not required, but many of our students bring a laptop. LCA has an on-campus computer lab for those without laptops.

What are the closest airports in your area?
Houston has two major airports: IAH – Intercontinental Airport International and HOU- Hobby Airport.

Does Legacy Christian Academy accept transfer students?
Yes, we accept transfer students from American and International schools. Most credits will transfer from an American school, and most credits from an International school. An International student holding an I-20 for the F1 visa who is studying at another American school must also have his or her I-20 transferred to LCA. We will gladly assist in the process.

 What religion is Legacy Christian Academy affiliated with?
LCA is a Christian school, but welcomes students of all faith backgrounds.

What are the costs of the International program?
Please check under Admissions, Tuitions & Fees for fees and payment requirements.

Are the graduation and diploma requirements the same for International and American students, regarding the foreign language requirement?
Yes, but International students can take English as a Foreign Language requirement and must have 3 years of a foreign language.

 What are the graduation credit requirements?

ACADEMIC POLICIES
Academic Requirements

In order to be considered a full time high school student while attending Legacy Christian, students must take core courses of English, Math, Science, and History from LCA. To obtain an LCA diploma, students must earn a passing grade in twenty-seven (27) credit hours that must include:

English………………………………………………….. 4 credit hours*
Mathematics……………………………………………4 credit hours*
Science………………………………………………….. 4 credit hours*
History………………………………………………….. 3 credit hours*
Foreign language……………………………………..3 credit hours*
Economics………………………………………………½ credit hour*
Government……………………………………………½ credit hour*
Technology…………………………………………….1 credit hours
Fine Arts………………………………………………..1 credit hours
Physical Education………………………………….1 credit hours
Speech……………………………………………………½ credit hour
Health……………………………………………………½ credit hour
Algebra I and IPAC (Integrated Physics and Chemistry), if successfully completed in the eighth grade, are counted toward high school credit hours.
Students are also required to take Bible each year in attendance at LCA.
* Only these courses will be used to determine academic rank.

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