List of Programs

  • WASC accredited 1-12 program
  • Small class size ensures optimal support from teachers
  • College-preparatory curriculum, including honors & AP courses
  • Diverse international student body


MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE The mission of Balboa School is to provide a diverse educational environment that promotes high academic standards, cultivates creativity, and builds the skills necessary for college, career and civic life. Download Open House Flyer

International Students

If you would like to be considered for a transfer, skip to TRANSFER STUDENTS section below. All other students start HERE.


New Students (Non-Transfer Students)

STEP 1 – TO APPLY, SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Application for International Admission
  2. $300.00 non-refundable application fee (add $20.00 for wiring-see wire instructions)
  3. Copies of transcripts from 9th grade to current (English translation)
  4. 1 page personal statement answering the following questions:
    • Why do you want to study in US?
    • Why do you want to study at Balboa School?
    • What academic goal do you have?

Submit all information to mcastro@nullbalboaschool.com or ncaddleson@nullbalboaschool.com. Your application will be reviewed and your a letter will follow with Balboa School’s decision.

STEP 2 – TO RECEIVE A FORM I-20, SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

The documents listed below are required:

  1. Copy of valid passport (for at least 6 months prior to entry)
  2. Financial records (evidence of funds available for the intended time of study for school costs plus living expenses). See estimated annual cost for international students.
  3. Affidavit of Support form

Submit all information to mcastro@nullbalboaschool.com or ncaddleson@nullbalboaschool.com. Do not purchase your airline ticket until you have received your F-1 visa. Be sure to keep all original documents that you submitted to Balboa School for your visa interview. Once you have received your form I-20, read it carefully to verify that all information is correct. If it is not, contact the DSO (Designated School Official) at Balboa School. After you have read and understand the instructions on page 3, sign page 1. By signing it you are promising to follow the terms and conditions.

At times more information may be requested.

STEP 3 – AFTER YOU RECEIVE YOUR F-1 VISA

It is very important that you notify the Balboa School’s DSO. You will now be required to submit the following:

  1. Immunization record (see California school immunization requirements)
  2. Balboa School contract signed & returned
  3. Tuition
  4. Guardianship form (only if you are not working with a US agent)
  5. Homestay Information form
  6. Proof of medical insurance

STEP 4 – THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Copy of form I-20
  2. Copy of form I-94
  3. F-1 Visa
  4. Official transcript


Transfer Students

STEP 1 – TO APPLY, SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Application for International Admission
  2. $300.00 non-refundable application fee (add $20.00 for wiring-see wire instructions)
  3. Copies of transcripts from 9th grade to current (English translation)
  4. 1 page personal statement answering the following questions:
    • Why do you want to study in US?
    • Why do you want to study at Balboa School?
    • What academic goal do you have?
  5. Request for Academic Records form
  6. Teacher Recommendation form
  7. Copies of previous form I-20’s
  8. Transfer Verification form

Submit all information to mcastro@nullbalboaschool.com or ncaddleson@nullbalboaschool.com. The Admissions Department will review your application, transcripts, personal statement and Teacher Recommendation form. A letter will follow with Balboa School’s decision.

STEP 2 – FORM I-20 TRANSFER, SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

To have your form I-20 transferred, the documents listed below are required:

  1. Copy of valid passport
  2. Financial records (evidence of funds available for the intended time of study for school costs plus living expenses). See estimated annual cost for international students.
  3. Affidavit of Support form

Submit all information to mcastro@nullbalboaschool.com or ncaddleson@nullbalboaschool.com.

At times more information may be requested.


First Day of School

On the first day of school all new students must be prepared to submit the following:

  1. Copy of form I-20
  2. Copy of form I-94
  3. F-1 Visa
  4. Official transcript


FAQ’s

When should I start applying?

You should begin applying no later than 4-5 months before you want to begin classes.

 

Do you accept students entering the 12th grade?

Yes, we do accept students entering the 12th grade.

 

How much does it cost to study at Balboa School?

See Balboa School’s estimated annual cost for international students.

 

Do you provide homestay arrangements?

Balboa School does not provide homestay arrangements, but you may request a list of agencies that can assist you.

 

Do you provide transportation?

Balboa School does provide transportation. See transportation fees here.

 

Why do I need a guardian?

Balboa School requires a guardian to assume academic and physical responsibility and to maintain communication between parents, school and host family. If you are not working with an agent with a U.S. address, you must have a legal guardian. See Guardianship form for requirements.

 

Can I buy medical insurance from Balboa School?

Balboa School does not offer medical insurance, but you may request a list of insurances that are available to international students.

 

What if I don’t have all the required immunizations?

Students may not begin school if they do not have all the required immunizations. Therefore, we recommend that you get any missing immunizations before you travel to the U.S. See California school immunization requirements.

 

What is an official transcript and why do I need to submit that to Balboa School?

An official transcript is a signed, stamped and sealed transcript that is either hand delivered or mailed to Balboa School directly by the school. Original transcripts are needed for a transcript evaluation. All international transcripts are evaluated.

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