International Admissions

Ciao. Kon'nichiwa. Bonjour. Ni hao. Hola.

We are so pleased to learn of your interest in our program! The Agnes Irwin School welcomes students from around the world to our 24-acre campus, 10 miles west of Philadelphia, where we've been enrolling outstanding international high school students for more than six years.

Global citizenship is a key component of our academic program. Through the work of our Center for the Advancement of Girls at Agnes Irwin, we are deeply committed to providing a rigorous education through the lens of what is best for girls, and encourage each student to think both locally and globally.

As an international student in our program, you will be fully immersed in our high school academic schedule, as every class you take is part of our regular and challenging course of study.

 

How It Works

We enroll a very select number of international students as Agnes Irwin offers a day program, we do not offer residential housing. We work in coordination with our partner organization International Education Opportunities (IEO) to assist international families in the admission process, which includes matching students with a host family.

IEO is based out of Philadelphia and the organization works with all facets of supporting an international student's application process as well as their experience at our school, so long as the family is in compliance with our joint program expectations. We welcome any candidates who meet our academic requirements and who are working with our partner, IEO.

Admission Process for International Students

Below, you'll find detailed instructions for how to apply to The Agnes Irwin School as an international student, as well as important deadlines to consider. After our first admission application deadline, we welcome applications on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions, please contact admission@agnesirwin.org. All international students must direct their inquiries to International Education Opportunities.

Step 1: Review Requirements

Requirements

Candidates who intend to be successful in the consideration process must meet the following requirements for applying:

  • Each candidate must be nearly fluent in English. This includes spoken, written and reading abilities.
  • All candidates must live with a host family, and in almost every case these host families will be selected and managed by our partner, IEO, during the duration of the student’s enrollment in our program. Host families are determined after the student is accepted.
  • Each candidate’s family is responsible for all costs. Accepted international students are expected to pay their tuition fees before an I-20 will be issued. In addition to the fees for the academic program and the host program, all enrolled families are required to make a deposit to the school (fee and due date to be stipulated at acceptance). This credit balance will be used for the cost of daily lunches, charges in the school store, as well as other incidental fees over the course of the school year.
  • It is the responsibility of each family to make proper arrangements for visas, transportation at all holidays and when returning to school, and to meet all stated costs at the dates noted in AIS communications. IEO will assist with the coordination of travel pick up and drop off. 
  • Each enrolled student must have a current passport, and must supply the school with a scanned copy at the time of application.
  • Health insurance is required for all international students and proof of insurance must be demonstrated as part of each applicant’s record. IEO can assist with recommendations regarding the purchase of appropriate insurance.
  • A confidential financial statement from a bank certifying the family’s ability to meet all required fees is a required document for each application. If the student already has an F-1 Visa, this may be submitted instead of this proof.
  • All documents submitted for an applicant must be originals. It is our preference that documents be translated into English whenever possible and submitted with the seal of the translator.

Step 2: Submit Test Results

All international applicants are required to submit the results of both the TOEFL examination and either the ISEE or the SSAT examination. The results of both tests must be submitted to The Agnes Irwin School by January 13, 2019 in order to receive an admission decision in mid-February 2019. 
 

TOEFL Exam

Each candidate must submit a TOEFL score as a first step in the consideration process. To meet the challenges of our excellent academic program, the Admission Committee seeks a score of 100 or above.
 
All TOEFL results must be submitted directly to Agnes Irwin School through Educational Testing Service prior to finalizing an application. Scores that are copied or noted in any other way will not be considered.
 
You can register for the TOEFL on the ETS website. Our TOEFL code is 395400.
 

SSAT and ISEE

Candidates are also encouraged to submit the results of either their SSAT or ISEE exam early in the application process.

  • You can register for the SSAT on their website. Our SSAT code is 1338.
  • You can register for the ISEE on their website. Our ISEE code is: 395400.

Step 3: Submit Application Materials

International students may submit their online application between November 2, 2018 and January 27, 2019 in order to receive a decision by mid-February 2019. A complete application includes:

Step 4: Submit Records & References

International students may submit their completed school forms between November 2, 2018 and January 27, 2019 in order to receive a decision mid-February. Completed school forms include:

  • School records, including at least final marks for the last two school years to be sent by the student’s school.
  • Confidential references from two current teachers.

Step 5: Submit Personal Documents

All documents submitted for an applicant must be originals or scanned originals and should be submitted at the same time as school forms (see Step 4). It is our preference that all documents be translated into English whenever possible and submitted with the seal of the translator.
 
Required personal documents include:
  • A scanned copy of the student’s birth certificate, passport and all immunization records.
  • A confidential financial statement from a bank certifying the family’s ability to meet all required fees is a required document for each application. If the student already has an F-1 Visa, this may be submitted instead of this proof.
  • Health insurance is required for all international students and proof of insurance must be demonstrated as part of each applicant’s record. IEO can assist with recommendations regarding the purchase of appropriate insurance.

Step 6: Interview

Once each of the previous steps has been completed and all documents have been submitted as noted for a complete application, AIS will contact the family regarding the scheduling of an interview. Please know that IEO will be involved in the application process, and that families may also have an interview with the IEO team as a preliminary step in the consideration.

It is our preference to meet a family in person on our campus, and for each applicant to be able to meet our students and teachers. If a visit to our campus is not possible, an interview will be conducted via Skype for candidates who meet all requirements as stated. A Skype interview is one of the last steps in the consideration process. Please include your Skype username in your application. The Agnes Irwin Admission Office's Skype username is AgnesIrwinSchoolAdmission.

Step 7: Review and Notification

International student applicants who complete the entire application process, and who coordinate their application with our partner, IEO, will have their application reviewed by the Admission Committee. If accepted, each family is expected to pay the fees as stated at that time by the required dates. Once these expectations have been met, the I-20 process will begin in coordination with IEO.

Once an F-1 Visa has been issued, a copy should be scanned and sent to admission@agnesirwin.org.

 

Dates to Know:

To receive a decision by mid-February 2019, international students should review the following deadlines.

Submit between November 2, 2018 and January 27, 2019:

  • Online Application Form
  • International Student Supplement
  • International Applicant Parent Form
  • School records 
  • Confidential references from two current teachers
  • Personal documents 

January 13, 2019:

  • Deadline for international students to submit the results of both a TOEFL exam and an ISEE or SSAT

After our first admission application deadline, we welcome applications on a rolling basis.