International Students

palm-valley-school-international-studentsPalm Valley School is delighted to welcome international students from all over the world to our school in the beautiful California desert. In fulfilling our Mission of contribution to a "Global Society" and our commitment to Diversity as one of our core values, we believe that the dialogue and relationships that come with hosting International students enrich all of us. We welcome the learning and growth that our international students bring to the Palm Valley School community.

Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

Palm Valley School is registered with SEVIS, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System and is authorized to issue I-20s to international students so that they may acquire an F-1 Visa. In addition to the regular application for admission, international students must submit a TOEFL score, conduct a Skype interview with a school representative, and submit copies of a passport and bank-verified financial statement.

Academic Support for International Students

Palm Valley School strongly encourages entry into the 9th or 10th grade for international students. Exceptions are made on occasion for well-qualified students interested in other grades. Please inquire for more information.

The school partners with The Cambridge Institute of International Education to offer a Academic Support Program designed to meet the needs of secondary-level international students, enabling them to improve their English and academic performance and improve their chances when applying to top colleges and universities. The program provides support for students of all levels, including college essay writing for advanced students and test preparation for TOEFL, SAT and/or ACT tests. Whether working one-on-one or in a graded class, the experienced faculty gives students the extra time and attention necessary for academic success and improved prospects for college admission. Ongoing assessment, coordination and communication with subject-specific faculty members ensures timely understanding of students' efforts, while trained staff are at the ready to address the evolving needs of each student. For the highest and lowest performing students, additional subject-specific tutoring is available for a modest hourly rate.

Applicants From China

International students coming from China should work through The Cambridge Institute of International Education to apply to Palm Valley. We partner with Cambridge to help these students work through the admissions process and ensure proper placement. To submit an application, please contact our consultants at the Cambridge Institute (

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Applicants From Other Countries

Please contact the school to begin the application process or contact our International Student Coordinator at for more information.


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