We are proud to offer an International Study Program (ISP) here at The Waldorf School of San Diego. We are a smaller high school with approximately 70 students across four grades, and we are honored to welcome between 10 and 15 international students every year. Our international students come from various countries around the world, and may do so in one of the following two ways:
1) Waldorf Exchange Student
Our students have participated in exchanges with Waldorf schools whose academic programs are either in English, French or Spanish (as those are the languages we teach at our school). The first step in setting up an exchange is for you to send our ISP Coordinator a letter introducing yourself and your family. The request will then be presented to our high school students to see if anyone is available to participate in the exchange with you. If so, we will coordinate a webcam meeting to discuss the next steps.
2) Fee-Based International Student
We also accept international students for short or long term stays on a tuition-paying basis. In this case, your enrollment is not contingent on finding an exchange partner. The costs for the entire school year are $22,750 annual tuition plus a $2,000 non-refundable international studies fee. For short term visits of under 6 months, the non-refundable international studies fee is amended to $1,000 and the tuition cost is prorated to approximately $670 per week.
Host Family Housing:
International students typically stay with families from our school community. In some cases, the school can help facilitate a homestay. The host family usually determines their own fees (based on lifestyle, nutrition choices, etc.) and the fee usually ranges from $300 to $350 a week. Homestay fees are paid directly to the host family and are additional to the tuition and fees listed above. For exchange students, the homestay is free due to the reciprocity.
The Waldorf School of San Diego is certified with the US Government through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. We have the capability of issuing I-20 forms for F-1 Student Visas.
More Detailed Information:
You will find attachments with more detailed information for international students. If you would like to be considered for international study at our school, please complete all the forms and email them back to me along with the essay, references, and reports requested in the Application Form.