International Students

Out of a total school enrollment of approximately 490, St. Francis has just under 160 in grades 9 – 12. St. Francis enrolls approximately 4 – 6 international students each year in our High School. We enjoy bringing international students into our community, but we understand that you may have a long list of questions. Please read our International Students FAQs to get started!


For international students applying to St. Francis, their families, and consultants, we have compiled this list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you through the application process. If you still have questions, please reach out to Kisha Watts, our Director of Admissions at the High School, at 502.736.1007.

What do I need to submit in order to apply?

International students should submit a completed online application, a transcript of academic work (with English translation), a writing sample by the applicant (handwritten and in English), and two letters of recommendation. We also request copies of any English-language proficiency testing results you may have completed. After all of the materials have been submitted, an admissions team member will contact you to arrange an interview. This can be online via Skype, or on our campus if you wish to visit and have a tour. Teachers should use the teacher recommendation form found here.

For which grades do you accept international applications?

We accept applications for international students for grades 9 through 11.

Can I apply to start in the spring semester? 

Yes! Please complete the same admissions requirements for starting at the beginning of an academic year, as outlined above in the answer to the first question.

What testing is required for admission to St. Francis School?

While not required, we strongly encourage taking an English-language proficiency test. In recent years, international applicants have submitted scores from tests like TOEFL, TOEFL Jr., and ELTiS.

What English Language Learner (ELL) support do you offer?

The Learning Center at St. Francis offers one-on-one academic support. The Learning Center offers individualized ELL tutoring to international students. In addition to academic support and ELL tutoring, The Learning Center also offers Standardized Test Prep for students taking college entrance exams (SAT/ACT) and course tutoring in group and one-on-one sessions.

Where will I live if I come to St. Francis?

All of our international students do Home Stays with a local family, mostly current students’ families. You will be a member of an American family, which promotes integration and understanding of American life and strengthens your English language skills.

What is included in International Student Tuition?

In addition to tuition, international student tuition costs include housing arrangements with a St. Francis family (August thru May), a stipend for ELL tutoring or academic support in The Learning Center, and majority of school fees. Additional expenses that international students should expect include spending money while living in the US, books/school supplies, and medical insurance while living in the US.

2018-19 International Student Tuition and Fees

2018-19 Tuition $24,900
Agent Commission $3,500
Host Family Stipend (over 10 months) $10,000
International Student School Fees
(test prep, annual fund, APs, PA fee, etc)
Supplemental International Tuition Fees $6,000
Total $47,800


Getting to St. Francis School

International Students MapStudents can fly into one of two airports: Louisville International Airport (airport code SDF, 7 miles from school), and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (airport code CVG, 95 miles). The school will be happy to help arrange transportation to and from these airports.

College Acceptances

46 graduates of the Class of 2016 were accepted to over 170 colleges and universities and received $3 million in scholarships and grants. St. Francis students and parents have the added benefit of a college counselor with 30+ years of experience who guides students to find the colleges that best match their interests and future plans.

Click here for the Class of 2016 list of college acceptances.