Westside Christian High School is currently accepting international students’ applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Westside processes many of our international applications through two CSIET-listed agencies:
- Private School Exchange (www.pse-edu.org): If you are interested in applying through PSE for international admission, please contact Kellen Rhodes with Private School Exchange at 503.222.9803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- AmeriStudent (www.ameristudent.com): If you are interested in applying through AmeriStudent, please contact Eric Jan with AmeriStudent at 877.385.8425 or email@example.com.
In addition, there are other agencies that have sponsored some students in the past. If you are currently linked with another agency you may contact us to determine whether you may apply through them. If you have any questions about Westside, contact our International Student Program Director, Don Westerberg, at 503.697.4711 x1232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
International students should submit their entire application through PSE or AmeriStudent before our admission team will consider them for admission. The entire application should be completed in English, including school records. Once we have a completed application, we will contact you regarding an interview for admissions.
Westside Christian High School is a non-denominational high school. The philosophy of the school is distinctly Christian and is Biblically based. All Westside students are required to take Bible class and attend Chapel. Students will be living with a Christian host family and will be expected to attend church and church activities with their family.
International students needing a host family will typically be placed with a Christian family from our Westside Christian community. The host family will provide food, household amenities, sleeping quarters, and transportation to and from school and school events. Students will be expected to conform to the rules established by the host family.
We are currently looking for host families for the current school year. Contact Don Westerberg for more information about becoming a host family.
The application fee ($100) and an international registration fee ($1000) must be paid in full before Westside Christian will issue an I-20. There are two payment options, annual or semester. With either option, complete payment must be made before the student may begin attending classes. Please inquire about International Fees and Expenses. Students will be expected to provide transportation to and from the United States. Students will be expected to pay for such things as school trips, materials for class, gifts, clothing, travel, entertainment, etc. Host families will only be responsible to provide for housing, regular meals, and transportation to and from school and school events.
Students will have to show that they have health/medical and liability insurance coverage before they can attend classes.
Arrival and Departure
Students should arrive in Portland at least a week before the first day of school to partake in new student orientation and adjust to the new time change. Travel arrangements should be communicated to the International Student Program Director, Don Westerberg.
International Student Tutoring
Westside Christian High School students will be provided with tutoring. First-year students will be required to attend an "International Student Tutoring" class each day taught by our International Student Director. All other international students will be provided with a fixed number of optional tutoring hours for 1:1 tutoring support from professional tutors on campus, the student will be responsible for coordinating those hours, and they can be used as needed.
International Student History
Westside Christian High School has hosted International students for the past 30 years from more than 12 countries. In the 2018-2019 academic year, we hosted 25 students from 6 different countries.