International Student Admissions 

Maranatha High School invites international students from around the world. In recent years we had students from China, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ukraine. We issue a limited number of I-20’s to college preparatory diploma-seeking students. Green card students are also admitted into our international student program and our homestay program.

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  • International Student Program Details

    Students in Maranatha’s International Student Program have the opportunity to participate in our strong college prep program with 22 AP level courses and 16 Honors Level courses. Under the support of our International Student Program Department, College Counselors, and Advisors, our international students also receive extra orientation, preparation, and support throughout their high school experience. Our experienced faculty also develop relationships with the students to support them through the high school years and into university acceptance.

    Maranatha International Students actively engage
     in student leadership, competitive academic contests, visual and performing arts, athletics and community service.
  • Why Maranatha?

    • Established in 1965 with 55 Years of Excellence  
    • Strong academics offering 22 Advanced Placement courses and 16 Honors courses
    • Offering a variety of co-curricular activities to complement our rigorous academics
    • Emphasis on extra-curricular involvement in science, math, robotics and speech & debate competitions
    • International students are accepted to top ranked universities like Brown, Emory, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, NYU, Boston University, Parsons School of Design, ArtCenter College of Design, The Citadel, and Berklee College of Music
    • Limited international student enrollment creates significant opportunities for integration
    • The beautiful collegiate campus in Southern California, located near beaches, mountains, and close proximity to famous cultural landmarks in Los Angeles - California Institute of Technology, Rose Bowl Stadium, Staples Center, The Getty, Norton Simon Museum and Old Town Pasadena.
    • Highly trained and experienced faculty who are experts in their field
    • Inclusive school community of inspiring and engaging faculty, dedicated staff and welcoming students
    • A wide variety of service opportunities with outstanding organizations
  • Applicant Qualifications

    Maranatha international student admissions is highly selective based on students’ academic records, English proficiency, and willingness to participate in the wide range of co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings.

    Applications are only considered for full academic years, beginning in August of each year.
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  • Tuition and Fees

    In order to secure enrollment for each academic year, tuition and fees, homestay payment, and ancillary reserve fund must be paid in full upon acceptance.

    The tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows: 
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  • Application Process

    Admissions for the 2020-2021 academic year will open for the International Student Program on September 17, 2019.  Applications are considered as they are submitted followed by interview for qualifying applicants (all items on the application checklist are required before consideration).

    To apply, begin by following the instructions under the "Apply" tab on this website page.

    Please apply early as space is limited.
  • Application Checklist

    I-20 and Green Card Application Checklist
    NOTE: An official checklist will be sent as soon as you begin the online application. See application details below.
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  • Apply


    The application process is completed as follows:

    1. Click on the Red "Apply Now" button on this page to submit an Inquiry Form
    2. International Admissions staff will create an account for you and will email you a username, password and link to the Online Application 
    3. Using the emailed information, you will log into your myMHS account and can complete the application and submit the additional required materials

    International Admissions Staff will be in touch with you through the process of admissions.

    If you have questions or need clarification, please contact the International Student Program Coordinator, Penny Cheng at or 626-817-4088
  • International Homestay Program

    Provided for I-20 and Green Card students

    Maranatha features a unique school-managed International Student Homestay Program. Students live with our experienced, caring and supportive American families, experiencing cultural immersion and a home environment conducive for learning. As a result of the homestay experience, our students gain confidence and develop socially and emotionally, enabling them to thrive during their high school years.
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  • Summer Institute

    Summer Institute: International Students enrolled in 2020-2021 will participate in our 2 1/2-week Summer Institute beginning July 21st. Students take the Math placement testing and receive an overview of western education and culture. Students also receive an orientation to our curriculum including English class, English literature and grammar preparation, US History, Speech and Bible in addition to a chaperoned exploration of popular sites of southern California. They always remember this program as a highlight of their Maranatha experience. This program gives our new international students an opportunity to develop relationships with each other, with teachers and staff and to become familiar with our campus before school begins.

International Student Program Team

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Susan Im

    Susan Im 

    International Student Program Director
  • Photo of Jamey Lewis

    Jamey Lewis 

    Associate Director of International Students
    (626) 817-4022
  • Photo of Penny Cheng

    Penny Cheng 

    International Student Program Coordinator/ Admissions


Please contact Penny Cheng, International Student Program Coordinator, at (626) 817-4088 to inquire further about the admissions process.
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