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 attend school internationally AND are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

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.

Please read the section below before contacting the admissions office, as we will likely direct you back to this page for responses.

Common Questions

How many international students attend Lakeside?

We currently have zero international students (those requiring an I-20) enrolled at Lakeside School.

How can I visit campus?

Tours are offered to applying families during the admission season, September - January, and registration is required in Ravenna. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate tour requests from families looking beyond the current admission season or tours outside of these months.

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.

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?

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. Lakeside looks closely at the score for each 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.

International Application Process

Preliminary application

This form is used to gather general information about an applicant and their family. Upon completion of the online form, payment of the non-refundable $75 application fee is due.

TOEFL

International applicants must take the TOEFL if their first language or primary language spoken in their home is not English. 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.

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

SSAT & Character Skills Snapshot

SSAT

  • The SSAT is required for international applicants. Please register for the SSAT at www.ssat.org.
  • We must receive testing scores DIRECTLY from the SSAT organization (Enrollment Management Association).
  • Our SSAT school code is 4462.

Character Skills Snapshot

  • Only applicants to grades 6-12 are required to take The Snapshot. When you register for the SSAT you are automatically registered for The Snapshot.
  • The Snapshot is completed online, at home, separately from the SSAT.

Do not register for a test in 2019. For an international application to be considered on-time, the last testing date for both SSAT and CSS is December 2018.

Teacher evaluations

Use Ravenna to request two teacher evaluations. One evaluation must be from a humanities teacher (English, history/social studies) and one from a math or science teacher. At least one evaluation must be from a current teacher.

School administrator form

Use Ravenna to send this form to a school administrator (e.g. registrar, principal, division head) at the applicant's current school.

Student essay

This is your opportunity to share more about who you are and what makes you unique. Please complete the form within Ravenna without help from anyone (parents, guardians, teachers, etc.).

Student interest and activities

We are interested in learning more about you and how you spend your time outside the classroom. Share your extracurricular activities, interests, and/or responsibilities on the form within Ravenna.

Records request

All records must come directly from your student's school. Use Ravenna to submit a records request to your school/s.

Requirements

  • First complete report card from the current 2018-19 academic year (first quarter or first semester grades).
  • Entire year transcripts from previous 2017-18 academic year.

Interview information

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.

International application dates

December 19, 2018 - Deadline for international applicants

February 22, 2019 - Upper School (grades 9-12) decisions released online in Ravenna at noon.

March 15, 2019 - Middle School (grades 5-8) decisions released online in Ravenna at noon.

March 19, 2019 - Upper School new enrollment deadline

March 26, 2019 - Middle School new enrollment deadline

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

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