Thank you for your interest in attending Christian Unified Schools. We are excited to get to know you and help you through the application process. We begin accepting international student applications in October of each school year for all grades.






Complete and submit the application and pay the $475 application fee. 


Following review of application and qualifications, a virtual interview will be scheduled with the student and International Director. Admissions decisions are communicated within 48 hours of interview.


Upon acceptance, pay the International Fee.

Non-refundable unless government verification of denial of visa is submitted by July 1.


Upon receipt of international fee and signed Commitment to Attend, an I-20 will be issued to student.


Once the Visa has been issued:


Students may arrive in the United States up to 30 days before the start of school. We recommend at least one week in advance of the first day to adjust to the time change, attend new student orientation and arrange for school uniforms. Please refer to the academic calendar here. Please refer to the academic calendar here


Step One: Apply

Initial acceptance eligibility is assessed after receiving the first seven items

  1. Application fee: $475 for grade 1-12   International Tuition and Fees – 2022–2023
  2. Application for Admission Form
  3. Copy of Passport Page (must be valid for at least 6 months prior to entry)
  4. Transcripts with official translation (subjects, hours, and grades) Original in English! See Transcript Guidelines
  5. Test results from one of the following:  TOEFL, iTep, or Cambridge (grades 7-11)  See Fulfilling the Testing Requirements
  6. Affidavit of Support for Sponsor
  7. Bank Statement of Sponsor in English (must match sponsor on Affidavit of Support)
  8. Immunization Record in English (must include dates) See Immunization Requirements
    : Record must be sent at this time, and completed before leaving home country

Step Two: Commit

Once accepted, the following must be completed in order for the I-20 to be processed and mailed:

  1. Request the Commitment to Attend Form
  2. Pay the international and text book fees: $5,400 (7-12); $1,100 (1-6). (add $20.00 if wiring)

Step Three: Finish Application Forms

  1. Student Commitment Form
  2. Packet of Questionnaires
  3. Go to the doctor to clear any missing Immunizations
  4. Send original documents for Application form and Official Transcript (not copies)
  5. Designated Guardian in the United States OR $1000.00 deposit and $1,000 liaison fee

Embassy Interview

Apply for an Interview at Embassy for the Student Visa. 
Immediately notify school when a visa is approved or denied.

IMPORTANT: Never enter the United States on a tourist visa if you intend to attend school. If you enter on a B-1/B-22 visa, make sure it says “Prospective Student” on the visa page.

Before Arriving in the United States

After the Visa is granted, and before arriving in the US, the following must be complete:

  1. Pay tuition (add $20 if wiring) See Tuition and Fees  
  2. Purchase Insurance and submit forms.  A waiver must be submitted for approval if a private policy is purchased
  3. Designated Guardian in the United States OR $1000.00 deposit and $1,000 liaison fee
  4. Submit Final Immunization record before arriving in the US
  5. 18 Year-Old Contract (All students who will turn 18 years old before graduation date)
  6. Athletic eligibility is limited to JV teams for first year high school students, unless enrolled through a California State CIF approved agency.   
  7. Motor Vehicle Permission
  8. Contact Homestay Company of your choice, required for homestay placement.
  9. Submit Notification of Homestay Company Form
  10. Homestay Release Form (if living in a homestay) signed by parent or Designated Guardian
  11. Affidavit of Relationship  (with supporting documents) if living with Blood Relative
  12. Complete CUSSD’s Field Trip Parental Permission Form 

Arrival at School & Class Registration

  1. Provide copy of Visa and immigration stamp from passport
  2. Pick up insurance documents at orientation OR verify waiver approval of private policy
  3. Complete and submit Orientation Packet (mailed to homestay or guardian)
  4. Fill out Contact Information Form for Immigration and web purposes – must be accurate and signed by Host Parent
  5. Take the English and Math Placement Tests before school starts (report dates in Orientation packet)
  6. Purchase school uniforms.  Uniform Policy
  7. Submit original documents for school transcripts if not done previously.

Family Statement of Faith

  • The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs.  The Bible itself, as the inspired, inerrant, plenary, and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.  For purposes of CUSSD’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, Shadow Mountain Community Church is CUSSD’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
  • We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, and His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through the shedding of His blood, in His bodily resurrection on the third day, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and In His personal pre-millennial return to rapture His Church before the Tribulation and His glorious appearing to set up His Millennial Kingdom.   
  • We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith, apart from works by the merit of the shed blood of Christ, and that the born-again believer is eternally secure in Christ.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in the individual priesthood of the believer.
  • We believe life begins at conception.
  • We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning; the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen. 2:18-25.)  We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a biological man and a biological woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4.)  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
  • We believe that the Scripture dictates standards of sexual behavior. The unique roles of the male and female are clearly defined in Scripture. Any promiscuity, homosexuality, gender identity issues or other deviations from Biblical principles is a sin that is offensive to God (Matt. 5:18-19; I Cor. 6: 9-10, 19-20; Eph. 5:3-5; 1 Thess. 4:3-8).


We expect our students to be:

Influential Christians who:

  • Accept the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
  • Apply Biblical principles as the foundation for moral and spiritual living.
  • Develop and maintain an informed Biblical worldview that shapes their lifestyle choices.
  • Demonstrate God’s love through acts of service and sharing the gospel.

Investigative Learners who:

  • Master a body of knowledge, vocabulary, and skills.
  • Understand, analyze, and order relationships among facts.
  • Assess their needs and apply appropriate strategies to learn concepts and skills.
  • Actively use the tools of learning throughout their lifetime.

Perceptive Thinkers who:

  • Identify, analyze, discriminate, prioritize, and apply information.
  • Have the ability to solve problems by thinking independently and logically.
  • Make responsible and well-reasoned decisions.
  • Actively seek and apply absolute truths.

Effective Communicators who:

  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately understand, interpret, and exchange information.
  • Communicate with eloquence, creativity, and persuasion in writing and in speech.
  • Develop and utilize artistic expression.
  • Proclaim and defend the gospel with wisdom, wit and respect.

Quality Producers who:

  • Demonstrate a growing knowledge of curriculum.
  • Develop their God-given talents and abilities.
  • Display standards of excellence in all pursuits.
  • Work well with others toward a common goal.

Responsible Citizens who:

  • Respect and submit to authority.
  • Actively protect and promote freedom and democracy.
  • Enjoy God’s creation and live as good stewards within it.
  • Recognize and contribute to meeting the needs of others.    



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