International Student Admission Process

Welcome to Thomas More Prep-Marian

We are honored you have chosen our school to consider for your child’s high school education.

Since 1908, TMP-Marian has been providing students from around the world with a college preparatory high school education. Each year almost 100% of the graduates continue their education. Students are accepted to 4 year public/private universities and colleges, 2 year junior/community colleges, vocational/trade schools, and military service. In recent years, the students of the graduating class have been offered over 1 million dollars in scholarships annually.

TMP-M non-resident and non-US citizen students are eligible for an F-1 visa following school acceptance and government approval. TMP-M seeks to admit international students who demonstrate a strong English speaking level, of the Catholic/Christian faith, currently achieve above average grades, and have a strong desire to adequately study and participate in an American school setting. International students applying for admission must abide by all national and international rules for visa requirements, as well as TMP-Marian High School’s admission requirements.

Beginning 2015, TMP-Marian transitioned to a homestay program. Currently, many of the students partnered with NACEL Open Door for homestay. Students needing a homestay are encouraged to contact NACEL Open Door to begin the application process.

Applications submitted to NACEL Open Door are then forwarded to TMP-Marian for review and approval. Other host family agencies are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office for information.

New International Students

Admissions Guidelines:

Students of the Catholic/Christian faith are given priority for application review.

Non-faith students are considered and must understand/agree to learning of the Catholic faith. Religion classes are required for graduation credit.

Students must submit an English proficiency test score along with their application:

English proficiency is critical to being successful at TMP-Marian. One of the following scores must be presented at the time of application.

  • iTEP SLATE: Score minimum 2.5-3.0
  • TOEFL Junior: Score minimum 735
  • TOEFL iBT: Score minimum 50
  • SLEP: Score minimum 45

Thomas More Preparatory Marian TOEFL code: B432

Documents needed for application review: 

  1. Copy of student’s passport
  2. Two letters of recommendation
    • English Teacher
    • School Official
  3. OFFICAL Academic transcripts/reports translated in English- grade 8 to present – please include the amount of time spent in each class per week and type of grading scale used by school. This is necessary to determine the number of credits students have earned. International students who are applying and in the middle of current school year, please submit current grades. Before enrollment, final transcripts must be provided.
  4. Personal essay from student and parent statement
  5. SKYPE or interview with TMP-Marian Admissions Director or designated personnel – students must demonstrate Proficient English skills.
  6. Immunizations record

Complete NACEL Open Door Application and requirements for students needing homestay

International Students not seeking host family with NACEL Open Door must contact the Admission Office for application, necessary documentation and records for review to admission. Information needed includes, but not limited to:

  1. Host parent/residential contact information including host family agreement
  2. Medical information including proof of medical insurance
  3. Contact information of responsible party in the United States that has English speaking/understanding ability. This is the person who will be contacted for emergency, financial needs, etc.

TMP-Marian cannot guarantee a homestay placement so the responsibility rests with the students and their agents and their local coordinators to find a suitable home stay arrangement.

All information, including home stay information/contact must be on file and $1,000.00 deposit paid prior to issuance of I20. Students seeking host family with NACEL Open Door, will pay the deposit directly to NACEL Open Door. Following acceptance to TMP-Marian, parents and students will need to complete various release and permission forms, medical information and more prior to student arrival and enrollment. First semester payment must be received by the school prior to final enrollment of students.

More information may be needed as we progress through the application/admission process with each student. We look forward to reviewing each student application and learning about them prior to their arrival. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask and we will do our best to provide you with the understanding to make this an easy transition. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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