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Students From Around The World

For over 20 years we have been bringing students to CVCA from our sister schools around the world: Danielsen Christian School in Bergen, Norway; EIPG: International School Preparing Generations in Atibaia, Brazil; and Doulos Discovery School in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. In most cases, these are juniors who come to CVCA for one year of study.

CVCA recently developed a partner school relationship with Dewey International School in Battambang, Cambodia. Dewey students may enter in grades 9-11 and generally will continue at CVCA through graduation.

For the last ten years, a steady influx of independent international students from around the world have come to CVCA during 9th or 10th grade and have stayed through graduation. Many matriculate to American colleges and universities.

All of our international students are hosted by CVCA and local Christian families and are fully integrated into the CVCA community.

School Profile For International Students

CVCA enrolls over 800 university-bound students in grades 6-12. The school’s mission is achieved through an advanced curriculum (including 17 AP courses), student ministries, 13 performing arts groups, 25 varsity sports, numerous student organizations, and a dynamic student body.

Curricular enhancements include Jterm/Mterm, five Schools of Distinction (Medical Sciences, Engineering, Business and Entrepreneurship, Arts and Humanities, and Vocational Ministry), weekly Connections groups, and a new 36,000 square foot building expansion.

The school is within 30 minutes of nearby Cleveland, with access to all the resources the city offers. Local universities provide college courses for high school students both on campus and online. CVCA is located on a beautiful 70-acre campus bordering a national park.

Hosting An International Student

Every year we have the opportunity to bring students from a variety of countries to CVCA to live and study for a year or more. To make this a unique experience for these students we would like you to consider hosting a student for the upcoming year. Below you will find some of the questions often asked about the program.

Homestay Family Application

Hosting FAQs

What is the International Student Program – ISP?

The ISP gives qualified international students the opportunity to study at CVCA and exposes local students to other cultures and perspectives. Overall, the program’s goals are to promote cross-cultural learning and a global school culture that encourages students to look beyond themselves to what God is doing around the world. The school recruits, screens, trains, and cares for international students who attend the school. These international students live with Christian host families for the academic year.

What is the application process for becoming a host?

Contact Brenda Worth, ISP Coordinator, at

Complete the online Homestay Family Application Form. The application requires a statement of faith and requests references.

Participate in a home visit. A member of CVCA’s ISP will visit with you and your family. This is both an interview and an informational session. The school will also conduct a criminal background check on all household members age 18 and older as required by state law.

If we are approved as a host family, what will our responsibilities be?

Host families provide a “home away from home” for international students. They provide supervision and support as well as housing, meals, and transportation. International students are expected to cover their own school tuition and fees (including a homestay fee and a school lunch fee) and personal expenses such as money for recreational activities and trips. All host parents must be Christian believers and committed to setting a godly example and investing in the spiritual development of the international student placed in their home.

Is there any financial support for hosting families?

Long-term host families receive a homestay stipend to cover the basic expenses associated with hosting a student. International student tuition funds a CVCA lunch account, so host families are not required to provide lunch. Additionally, all international students have medical insurance coverage. A stipend is not available for short-term hosting.

Are there any events or programming for ISP students and host families?

There are a variety of activities (picnics, Cedar Point, professional sporting events, Amish Country trip, etc. ) throughout the school year to which the international students and host students (and sometimes entire families) are invited. Costs for these are covered for the international students. Additionally, CVCA provides international celebrations at school several times per semester to which CVCA host students are invited at no cost.

What should we consider as we think about applying to host an international student?

Prayer: What is God saying about the possibility of your hosting an international student?

Interest: Are you interested in learning about another culture and country? Are you interested in providing a home to a high school student? Are all of your family members interested?

Adaptability: Are you willing to adapt to someone living in your home who will be culturally different? Are you willing to learn and grow? Are you willing to help an international student learn by taking time to explain differences?

Logistics: Will you have enough time to invest in another child in your home? Will you be able to provide reasonable transportation for activities? Do you have a place in your home where another child would have space to study and sleep?

Finances: Will your family be able to handle the additional financial expense of adding a student to your household (keeping in mind the provided stipend)?

Current family situations: Are there situations in your family right now that would make it difficult for you to host well, such as the recent death of a loved one, serious health problems, or relational issues?

Will our international student be able to speak English?

Your student will have enough English ability to have been accepted to CVCA. Students’ language ability will vary, but all students should be conversational in English—meaning they can get by in most conversational settings, though they will not necessarily be fluent. Students will have studied English in school but may not have ever been immersed in the language. Therefore, host families will need to be patient and willing to give students helpful advice and informal instruction.

Will our international student be a Christian?

While international applicants are not required to be Christians or come from Christian homes, many are believers. Minimally, our international application process is designed to ensure that international students have a desire to learn about the Bible, Jesus, and Christianity. All CVCA students are required to take a Bible course each semester as a core academic class and attend weekly chapel. International students are also expected to attend church activities with their homestay family.

When will our International student arrive and leave?

Your student will arrive within one week before the first day of school and depart within one week of the last day of school. Once you have been matched with a specific student, Mrs. Worth will let you know that student’s arrival date. Additionally, a host family is not required to house their international student over the Christmas break. If an international student is staying in the US for Christmas break, host families may wish to have their international student stay with them, or the ISP coordinator can help arrange other accommodations for the break.

What resources will the ISP provide for host families?

Mrs. Worth will give you specific information about your student, and she will be available throughout the school year to answer questions and help you work through any difficulties that might arise. Mr. Steve Kasiguran provides academic guidance to you and your international student. Additionally, our Student Ministries Department works with our international students throughout the year to provide spiritual and emotional support.

STEP: Short Term Exchange Program

In addition to our long-term International Student Program, CVCA offers STEP: Short Term Exchange Program. Through STEP, students from our sister schools in Norway and Brazil come to CVCA for a two-week cultural visit during early October. During our Jterm/Mterm program, CVCA students have the opportunity to visit our guests in their home countries. (Jterm/Mterm travel is not required for STEP hosting.) STEP recently added a spring program with our partner school in Cambodia.

CVCA families interested in hosting a shortterm exchange student should contact Mrs. Brenda Worth at


International Student Program (ISP) Contacts

• ISP Admissions & Hosting: Mrs. Brenda Worth at
• ISP Student Ministries Faculty: Mr. Steve Hyatt at and Mrs. Chrisi Thompson at
• ISP Guidance Counselor: Mr. Steve Kasiguran at

Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) Contacts

• Mrs. Brenda Worth at
• Mr. Steve Kasiguran at