International Student Admissions 

Now accepting Admission Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year.  

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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Students in Maranatha’s International Student Program have the opportunity to participate in our strong college prep program with 19 AP level and 18 honors level courses. Under the support of our International Student Director, International Student Associate Director, and Guidance Counselors, they also receive orientation, support, and preparation through their high school experience.

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Maranatha gives extra support to our international students' unique needs by providing a committed team of Director, Associate Director, and Program Coordinator. The team is involved in our international students' lives beginning with the admissions process and continuing through their graduation. They mentor students formally and informally, providing explanation, advocacy, and care. They maintain contact with students, paving the way for involvement in school opportunities and pointing the way to academic opportunities and support. The International Student Program team serves as a liaison with teachers, counselors, and homestay families.

Melissa Wunderly     Dan Bodwell   Penny Cheng
Director   Associate Director   Program Coordinator/

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(Required for all I-20 and Green Card Students) 

One of the unique features of Maranatha’s International Student Program is our Homestay Program. Instead of a dorm setting, we believe international students living with American families provides a much better environment conducive for learning and a more focused social and emotional support for thriving as a student at Maranatha High School.

Homestay Families Provide:

  • A warm supportive environment
  • Transportation to and from school, school events, and necessary shopping 
  • 3 meals a day 
  • Weekly church attendance with their family 
  • Support for academic, emotional, and social needs (tutoring occurs outside host family responsibility)
  • Explanation of cultural differences and western education standards

Host families are carefully screened and selectively matched with our international students:

  • LiveScan background check
  • Driving record
  • TB test
  • Application
  • Recommendation letters
  • Home visit and interview
  • Orientation training 2-3 times per year
  • No discrimination based on ethnicity, race, or income

Students fill out a questionnaire to aid in the best match with host families including:

  • Allergies or special diet needs
  • Preferences for pets, children, etc.
  • Quiet or lively home environment

 Our Homestay Coordinator:

  • Selects the host for each student 
  • Provides cultural training
  • Is available to international students on a daily basis
  • Receives monthly feedback from host families
  • Visits the home each semester to meet on site with students and families
  • Processes concerns and assists in adjustments

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

Most openings will be in grade 9, with grades 10 and 11 applications considered for a wait list. Applications are only considered for full academic years, beginning in August of each year. No spring enrollment.


  • Academically motivated and successful (minimum of 80% overall score or 3.0 GPA)
  • Prepared for full immersion classes taught in English*
  • Desire to be involved in curricular and co-curricular activities
  • Agree to live in homestay program (required)
  • Emotionally and socially mature
  • Willing to participate in Bible course for credit each year and weekly chapel and church
  • Representative of a variety of countries
  • Respectful of world cultures and values


* TOEFL scores for grade 9 are recommended to be 70+ and for grades 10-11 recommended to be 80+. 

ISEE is required for students currently living in the United States and attending a U.S. school. Students currently residing in another country or applying to grade 10 or higher do NOT need to take the ISEE.



  • Students currently living in the U.S. must progress to the next year of school. For example, students studying in grade 9 while living in the U.S. must apply for grade 10 the following year.
  • Students currently living in a country outside of the U.S. may choose to repeat a school grade to allow for adjustment in English immersion and western education. For example, students currently living in China and enrolled in grade 9 may choose to apply for grade 9 or 10.

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

The tuition and fees for the 2017-2018* school year are as follows:

  • Application Fee: $200 
  • International Student Tuition: $31,565 
    • International Student Tuition includes registration fee and I-20 fee as appropriate.
  • International Student Insurance is required for I-20 Students: $1,250 for 10 months    
    • Note: Green card students must purchase their own insurance as the new California Coverage Plan does not allow for the school to purchase insurance for permanent resident students. 
  • Technology Fee and iPad Protection Plan: $255 (required)
  • Homestay Fee: $16,450  (August 2017 - May 2018) 
    • Homestay with an MHS supervised American host family is required.
    • Hosts will provide a family environment, provide 3 meals a day, and transportation to and from school events. 
    • Host family will also help with shopping and social needs.
  • eTextbooks: $100-200  (actual cost varies based on classes taken)
  • Ancillary Fee Reserve Fund: $700 
    • International students will create an ancillary reserve fund of $700 each year to be used for their ancillary expenses as incurred.
    • Any balance remaining at the end of the senior year will be refunded.
    • Ancillary fees include, but are not limited to: sports participation fees, uniforms, AP test fees, club fees, labs, trips, transportation, etc.

Summer Institute may be required at an additional cost of $4,700 for students entering Grade 9.

*Tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted in January 2018.
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Admissions is currently open for the International Student Program. Applications are considered as they are submitted (all items on the application checklist are required before consideration), followed by Skype interviews for qualifying applicants. Once limited openings are filled, additional applications may be received for a wait list to be considered as openings occur.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, we anticipate filling 20 grade 9 openings and between 5-10 openings in grades 10 and 11.

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I-20 and Green Card Application Checklist

The following 11 items are REQUIRED and MUST be submitted for your application to be complete.  

  1. ONLINE APPLICATION: Submit the Application (parent form & student form), and make application payment.  Click HERE  to proceed to the online application. 
  2. REFERENCES: Submit the following reference forms to the appropriate people at the student's church and current school: 
     Pastoral Reference (if attending church), Administrative ReferenceMath Reference, and 
    English Reference (click links to open the PDF forms).  Note: All recommendations must be translated to English and be sent directly from the reference.  School recommendations must include the school seal. 
  3. TRANSCRIPT: Submit the Transcript Request Form to the student's current school (click link to open the PDF form). Note: Transcripts must be translated to English and be sent directly from the school.  School transcripts must include the school seal.
  4. CURRENT GRADES: If applying during a school year, applicants must submit their current grades in addition to their transcript (step 4 above).
  5. ISEE TEST:  If you are applying for Grade 9 and are currently studying in the United States, you are required to take the ISEE entrance exam. Click HERE for more information and ISEE online test registration. No other testing is required. 
  6. TOEFL TEST SCORES: Students should take the TOEFL and submit the scores. Recommended scores for grade 9 are 70+ and for grades 10-11 are 80+. 
  7. ESSAY: Students must write and submit a 1-3 page essay describing their interests, strengths, and explanation as to why they would like to attend Maranatha High School.
  8. PASSPORT: Submit a copy of student's passport.
  9. PARENT PASSPORT: Submit a copy of each parent's passport. If parents do not have a passport, submit a clear photo of each parent.
  10. PHOTO: Submit a recent photo of the student.
  11. IMMUNIZATIONS: Submit a copy of the student's immunization record.

The reference forms and transcript request forms are available as fillable PDF forms.  You may download a copy of each PDF form to your computer and email them to the appropriate person to complete.  The recipient may, in turn, complete and digitally sign the PDF form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0 or above) and email it directly to  If you prefer to use a hard copy, you may print the PDF forms and have them mailed back to Maranatha when complete.

All forms may be emailed to or be mailed to:
Maranatha High School
Attn: Penny Cheng
169 S. Saint John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

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  • With limited international student enrollment (15% of student body) there are more opportunities for integration.
  • Strong academics including 17+ Advanced Placement courses, local science, math, and speech competitions, and partnership with Cal Tech University. Students are accepted at top universities. 
  • Colliegate campus with beautiful park-like ground featuring southern California weather, near to beaches, mountains, and Los Angeles.
  • Warm campus atmosphere: Our involved teachers and friendly students make the difference!
  • Intentionally Christ-centered Christian school with service opportunities and high community involvement.

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SUMMER INSTITUTE:  International Students enrolled in grade 9 participate in our 3 ½ week Summer Institute beginning in the middle of July each year. Students are tested for English and math placement and receive an orientation to the school and to western education and culture. Students also experience full English immersion, English literature and grammar preparation, US History, Speech and Bible in addition to a chaperoned exploration of the sites of southern California.

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International Student Admissions
Melissa Wunderly      (626) 817-4086
International Student Program Director    
Dan Bodwell   (626) 817-4022
Associate International Student Program Director
Penny Cheng   (626) 817-4088
Program Coordinator/Admissions    



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