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International Students

A Diverse, Inclusive & Educational Community Where Every Child Is Welcome, Known, and Loved

We believe the best learning environment is one that embraces and welcomes all backgrounds and cultures. When we learn to appreciate other worldviews, perspectives, and histories, we expand our understanding of the world and our place within it. By studying internationally at the Rock Academy, your child will graduate prepared to succeed in a four-year American university as they continue to pursue their unique calling.

Our international students experience American culture and society by learning beyond the classroom. Your child will partake in both fun and educational activities that will give them a deeper, hands-on understanding of San Diego, also known as America’s Finest City. This may include but is not limited to surfing, sailing, shopping, serving in the community, and attending an international food festival.

International graduates at the Rock Academy have gone on to enter some of the finest colleges in America. Many attend the exclusive University of California colleges on the west coast, others chose to travel across the country being accepted to elite University on the East Coast. We help prepare each international student to be admitted to the college of their choice, enabling them to meet their future goals.

2024–25 International Tuition and Fees:
All tuition and fees must be paid in full by June 1, 2024.

Elementary School Grades K–6
Middle School Grades 7–8
High School Grades 9–12
International Registration Fee
Application Process

We want to make the application process as easy as possible. Our international student director, Donna De La Torre, is available for any questions you may have. For applications, she can be reached at

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Does the Rock Academy offer I – 20s?

Yes, we are approved to issue I-20s for potential students to obtain an F1 visa.

In what grades do you accept International Students?

We accept international students from 3rd-12th grade.

Do you work with International Partner Agencies?

Yes, we work with selected partner agencies for recruitment. The Rock Academy relies on partner agencies for homestay and guardian placement.

Can International Students attend without going through an International Agency?

Students may apply without the assistance of an agency only if the student can prove that he/she will be living in the San Diego area with an immediate family member for the entire duration of their studies.

Do you require a certain level of English proficiency to attend?

Yes, English proficiency is determined by both an interview with the student and an English Proficiency test score: TOEFL, SLEP, or iTep. Incoming 9th – 10th students must Score 60 or above on the TOEFL; incoming 11th – 12th graders must score 75 or more on the TOEFL.

What else is needed for International Admissions?

During the Admissions Process, students will be asked to provide:

  • Official Transcript in English
  • Math Recommendation and a picture of current math book/work
  • International Student Questionnaire
  • Affidavit of Support
  • Passport Copy
  • Bank Statement in English and must match Affidavit of Support
  • Immunization Records (In English)
  • Application fee

Is an interview required?

Yes, each student must conduct an online or in-person interview with the Principal or designated administrator as a part of the admission process.