International Students

Academy at the Lakes is happy to consider international students applying for admissions.

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

Academy at the Lakes is a great choice for international students! Our warm, welcoming community is an excellent springboard into English proficiency, American culture, and the building of relationships and contacts that will last a lifetime. Academy has very recently hosted students from China, Russia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, Canada, Italy, Ecuador, Cuba, and other nations.


Prospective and current F-1 visa students can learn about the process and rules for Studying in the States as an international student.


Study in the States

International students are easily integrated into all aspects of the Academy Experience: athletics, fine arts, clubs, and academic life. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes help students to develop increased proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in English. Our outstanding College Counseling program is a very important component of each student’s high school experience, and international students are no exception to this rule.

Some of Academy’s international students live with their own extended family or relatives, but many others are involved with home-stays. Though Academy is a day school, international students can arrange home-stays through a local placement agency.

All international students must first complete our standard admissions process.


Recommended Reading: International Student Guide


The following steps comprise our admissions process.

Admission forms can be printed from the links (highlighted in blue) below.

1. Schedule an admission tour (if possible)
Contact the Admissions office by email or by phone at (813) 909-7919. Click here to learn more about scheduling Admission Tours.


2. Complete an Application for Admission and Submit a $75.00 Application Fee.
Click here to complete the Online Application and submit a paper Application for Admission.


3. Sign and give the Teacher Recommendation & Release of Student Records Form to your child’s current school.
The school will mail this confidential recommendation directly to Academy at the Lakes. Click here to download the Teacher Recommendation & Release of Student Records Form.


4. Submit official school transcripts* from the previous 2 years of schooling
Transcripts should include curriculum information from your previous school documentation of the Grade Scale of the student’s previous school. An explanation, on school letterhead, in English, of what the score range is for an “A,” a “B,” a “C,” a “D,” and an “F,” or failing grade, is necessary so that an accurate GPA can be calculated.

If your child intends on participating in our Upper Division Athletic Program, you must provide complete transcripts beginning with your eighth grade year in both English AND your native language

*Please note: Transcripts must be translated into English. We need both translated and untranslated versions of your transcripts for students applying to our Upper Division


5. Complete Assessments

Students applying from English speaking countries are required to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Register for this test online and enter our school code: 1057. There is a fee for this test that is payable to SSAT. Please consult SSAT for the test calendar.

International applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate competency in English. Academy at the Lakes will accept either the iTEP SLATE-PLUS or the TOEFL Jr.  Please visit the iTEP SLATE website or TOEFL Jr. website for information on scheduling your assessment.

The following minimum scores are required for admittance into Academy at the Lakes:

Grade Level Applying ForMinimum iTEP SLATE ScoreMinimum TOEFL Jr. Score
Middle Division (Grades 5-8)3.0675
Grades 9 and 104.0745
Grade 115.0850


6. Schedule a Visit Day
Candidates will spend an entire school day shadowing one of our student ambassadors. If a visit is not possible, we will require a phone or a Skype interview.


The Admission Committee meets weekly to review completed files.

Enrollment Agreements are mailed with the acceptance packages. A reasonable amount of time is allowed for parents to return the signed enrollment agreement along with the full tuition and fees payment.


I-20 Information

Once a student has been accepted to Academy at the Lakes, the following items must be received before we issue a Form I-20:

  • Application for a Form I-20
  • Copy of your child’s passport
  • Proof of financial responsibility – (Family must provide documentary evidence that sufficient funds are or will be available to defray all expenses during the entire period of anticipated study. Example: Pay stubs or W2 form.)
  • Affidavit regarding Room and Board and supporting documents, if applicable
  • Signed Enrollment Agreement

Tuition and Fees must be paid in full before we will produce your student’s I-20. The I-20 is the first step to obtaining an F1 Student Visa. Families must make an appointment with their local United States consulate or embassy to obtain an F1 student visa. International students must have an F1 student visa before they can begin classes at Academy at the Lakes. If you are not able to obtain a student visa, please refer to our Visa Denial Refund Policy.

If you have questions about the admissions process for international students, please contact Melissa Starkey, Associate Director of Admissions, at, or by calling (813) 909-7919.