An Independent School • Grades 5-12

International Applicants

Read the following information before starting an international application to ensure Lakeside is an appropriate fit for your student.

While Lakeside School is able to accept applications from international students, we are not a boarding school nor is our program geared toward students moving to the Seattle area without a parent or legal guardian. At least one parent or legal guardian must be living with the student in the Seattle area. This is nonnegotiable.

International applicants are students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the Unites States -OR- students currently attending school outside of the United States. Evidence of English fluency is required. International applicants, to all grade levels, must take the TOEFL if their first language or the primary language spoken in their home is not English. We do not accept the TOEFL Jr. While Lakeside School does not require a minimum total score, students must earn at least the following in each section:

Reading: 22
Listening: 22
Speaking: 26
Writing: 24

Answers to the most frequently asked questions surrounding international applicants are below. Please read this section carefully before contacting the admissions office, as we will likely direct you back to this page for responses.

To learn about required items for a complete application, please read about the application process.

International Applicant FAQs

Does Lakeside provide boarding arrangements or can students live with a host family?

No. Lakeside School is not a boarding school. We do not provide housing for students or help students find homestays or local housing. At least one parent or guardian must be living with the student in the Seattle area. This is nonnegotiable.

Does Lakeside offer any specific courses or programs to support international students?

No. We do not offer any ESL/ELL support. Other than language courses, all classes at Lakeside are in English. Students must be fluent in written and spoken English.

What is the application process for an international student?

To learn about required items for a complete application, please read about the application process. Other than language courses, all classes at Lakeside are in English. Students must be fluent in written and spoken English at the time of application.

How do I schedule an interview?

After all pieces of the application are received, Lakeside will determine if an interview is needed (via Skype) and will contact the applicant or family directly. If you are not contacted to schedule an interview, no interview is required.

What tests are required for international applicants?

The SSAT and TOEFL are required. Find more information on these tests at www.ssat.org and www.toefl.org.

What are the minimum TOEFL scores that Lakeside will accept?

Lakeside looks closely at the score for each TOEFL section rather than the total. The internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT) has four subsections, with a grading scale for each section from 1 to 30 (30 being the best possible score). The minimum for each section are as follows:

  • Reading: 22
  • Listening: 22
  • Speaking: 26
  • Writing: 24

Please designate Lakeside School as an official score report recipient on the TOEFL registration form. Lakeside School code is B621. More information about the TOEFL can be found at www.toefl.org.

Will Lakeside work with a placement company or educational consultant that works with international families?

We do not work with educational consultants or placement companies. Lakeside accepts applications directly from students and their families.

Is Lakeside registered with SEVIS to issue a Form I-20?

Yes, Lakeside is registered with SEVIS. If needed, an I-20 form is provided to obtain an F1 visa only if the student enrolls at Lakeside and not prior. Please find more information at www.ice.gov/sevis.

Does Lakeside accept students for one semester or one year?

No. The Lakeside academic program is full year and students are unable to enroll for one semester. It is the expectation that a student would remain enrolled through grade 12 and graduate from Lakeside unless the family were to move out of the area or the school was not a suitable match. All applicants must intend to graduate from Lakeside.

Can an international student receive financial aid?

No. Financial aid is not available for non-U.S. citizens.

Are there fees in addition to tuition for an international student?

Enrolled international students have the same tuition and fees as domestic students. The international application fee is $75.

If you have further questions, please email international@lakesideschool.org.

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