The criteria for admission to the International Scholars Program
are scholastic performance and accomplishments, English language
proficiency, emotional maturity and a desire for education emphasizing
The program is highly selective, admission standards
are rigorous, and only fully qualified students are accepted into
the program. The admission process requires the following:
1. A completed application, financial
disclosure, student questionnaire and essay, and interview (in
person or over the telephone for students outside of the United
2. TOEFL testing to determine English
language proficiency. A minimum score of 475 (paper) or 53 (internet-based)
is required. A score of 550 (paper) or 80 (internet-based) is typically required for admission
to colleges and universities. Exceptional students may be accepted
with lower scores. A SLEP test may be taken instead of a TOEFL test. Minimum requirements for the SLEP test are a listening comprehension raw score of 61 and a reading comprehension raw score of 52.
3. A review of the records of classes
taken by the student and grades in those classes to evaluate the
student’s ability to succeed academically. Transcripts must
be translated into English.
4. Recommendations from former teachers
5. Evidence of immunization injections.
Upon reception of the application,
and either prior to or following acceptance to VCS, standardized
testing may be required various academic areas in order to correctly
evaluate students academically and for the purpose of placement
in the appropriate grade level.
International students are not allowed
to enter Valley Christian for the 12th grade only. Students typically
apply for college at the close of 11th grade, and 11th grade academic
records must be included as part of the college application. VCS
normally gives preference to 9th grade applicants to provide for
an entire high school course of study. Special circumstances may
allow for exceptions. Incoming students will not be placed higher
than the 11th grade, even if they have completed a higher equivalent
level in their own country.
VCS does not discriminate in the admission
of its students in its offers of financial or other aid to students,
nor does it discriminate among its students, on the basis of religious
It does not, in the operation of its
school, favor or disfavor students on the basis of their religious
beliefs such that a reasonable student would assume that the benefits
of the school would be more likely conferred upon him or her if
the student adopted certain religious beliefs or practices. It
does not impose requirements that would tend to discourage prospective
students of different religious persuasions from making application
to the school or students of different religious persuasions from
availing themselves of the school’s program.