International Students Program
At KCHS, we value the educational benefits of diverse global influences and cultural understanding in our private Christian school community. For our current students and families, the addition of international students to Kalamazoo Christian High School results in an increased cultural awareness and world perspective. Meanwhile, our international students benefit from the high-quality, Christ-centered high school education for which KCHS is recognized. Our international students are able to develop academically and spiritually with the support and encouragement of their host family and school community.
Our International Students Program is growing every year. Students are discovering this small but outstanding high school in the city of Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo is located halfway between Detroit and Chicago and is home to Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College, as well as Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Entertainment, cultural experiences, a thriving downtown, museums, ski resorts, sports venues and more are what draw people to Kalamazoo.
What draws students to Kalamazoo Christian High School? We are a comprehensive four-year high school enrolling an average of 245 students in grades 9-12. We are accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Christian Schools International. In addition to offering academic rigor and excellent preparation for college and the workplace, Kalamazoo Christian High School strives to equip students with a distinctly Christian worldview. Each year an average of 96% of graduating seniors choose to continue their education, with 90% of them attending four-year schools, while the remaining students attend community college, trade school, enter the military or the workforce. We offer academic opportunities such as Quiz Bowl and T.E.A.M.S, for which we regularly score in the top percentage of the state and nation, we offer extra-curricular clubs such as Chess Club and Anime Club, and we also have many athletic opportunities in which students can participate (within the guidelines of the MHSAA).
We typically host 8 to 10 international students each year, coming to us from a variety of countries, and these students will stay for the duration of their high school career and graduate with their senior class. As an international student at Kalamazoo Christian High School you will be welcomed, cared for, encouraged, and challenged to become the best student and person you can be. We have monthly lunch dates with our international students to not only share food, but talk about how life is going at home and school. We celebrate the Chinese New Year by serving food to our student body which is a highlight of the year! Students are encouraged to share their culture with other students while at the same time learning what it is like to be an American student. Comments from our previous and current students always include 'we love our teachers and they are so kind and helpful.' Teachers are committed to helping all students, but are sensitive to the needs of our international students and the language barriers that add to their challenges.
- Students should apply through an agency due to liability reasons. An agency is beneficial in the handling of transportation, medical insurance, and other necessary arrangements that we are not equipped to provide for the student.
- Some of the agencies we currently work with are Foreign Links Around the Globe, Partners in Learning, International Student Exchange Services, Faces and our Cultures, and Jolly-Noble Education.
- We do not offer ESL classes.
- KCHS international students must live with an approved Christian family. We prefer to place students within our school community, however, other Christian families are welcome to apply to be a host family. Such families would need to go through our interview process. Our host families are paid a monthly stipend to help with the room and board expenses of hosting a student.
- We will accept students only when we have an approved host family available.
- The I-20 is issued as the final step in the admissions process.
Tuition costs for the international student include expenses of registration, student Chromebook, textbooks, and class fees.The tuition cost for the 2020/21 school year is $14,000. Students will also pay a host family fee. All money is due to the school by August 1.
For more information, contact our International Student Program Director Sue VanHamersveld.
International Student Profile
Informative Video - To hear from some of our International Students and their hosts, click here to view a short video on the International Student Program