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For International Families

Lawrence Woodmere Academy welcomes families from all over the globe.  We offer an excellent college preparatory curriculum with classes taught with a global perspective.

At Lawrence Woodmere Academy we provide an ESL teacher dedicated to working with our International students. Students from Korea, China, Israel, Russia and Brazil have found great success in our school, and have gone on to thrive at American universities.

International Application Process

International Families interested in applying must first complete an application for the school. They must also find an American guardian for the student and secure housing and complete a guardian contract form.

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Once we have received the application, guardian contract, teacher recommendations (translated) and official transcripts the Admissions Committee can make a decision as to whether the student would be a successful match for our school.

If accepted the family is sent a contract to sign and return with the designated deposit.

When the signed contract and deposit are returned the student is then officially enrolled. The student is then issued the I-20 form from SEVIS.

The family must then take the I-20 form and make an appointment at The American Embassy in their country to apply for a Visa.

Please contact the Admissions office with any questions you might have.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Forms for International Students

    International Student Application for Admission

    Transcript Request Form

    Teacher Recommendation form Grades 5 – 8

What International Families Are Saying

QuotesOpenTime flies, we have already been in this country for 2 months now. During these 2 months my child has shifted from initial nervousness to being completely at ease in LWA. He is falling in love with the campus life here. We know we are fortunate because we previously experienced an educational system very different from the one run by the friendly, professional and dedicated teachers of Lawrence Woodmere Academy.

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[He] is always looking forward to go to school because of the sports programs, the fun activities in and outside of classes, and the friendly teacher-student relationships. It is also worth mentioning the small class size because it allows teachers to use different approaches to educate students according to their specific needs. Parents can also communicate with teachers so as to better educate the students. For example, my boy is experiencing a rebellious stage in his adolescent life so the teachers are extremely tolerant, patient, and always pay special attention to him. One day he came home and said: “Mom, the teachers are magical here, I was just about to not to pay attention in class when the teacher noticed and started to ask me questions, so I started to pay attention again!” I imagine every parent would like to hear that. The school has an excellent ESL program; [his] reading skills have improved significantly during the past two months. We are also thankful for the school’s Chinese teacher; she provides help when necessary and that have allowed us to not have to worry about communication problems in school.

This school is more like a big family, under the leadership of Mr. Bernstein; everyone is a member of that family. The school has many wonderful traditions, participating in the activities links everyone together, which made me feel happy and welcomed. I believe more and more wonderful memories will be made here.”

Mother of an international 7th grade student,
living locally with her child

 

QuotesOpenI became a parent of LWA when my child enrolled in the school this past fall semester. I came to America with [him] because I wanted to accompany him through the initial adjustment period. I drive [him] to school every day, listen to him talk about what happened in school, see him making new friends, and talk to them on the phone. I also attend parent-teacher conferences, receive and read his progress reports from the school. In the past two months I was comforted as I witnessed my child integrating into the school so fast, and falling in love with the new school, the teachers, and the classmates.

I have some friends in China who are preparing to send their children to America; they have asked many questions and expressed many concerns to me. I used to have those same concerns and questions too so now I will answer some of the questions most people ask me about sending children to study in America.

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1. Can my child understand the class? Is it difficult to adapt to classes that are taught in English all of the time?

My observation: A lot of people have told me that after 3 months in America your child will have basic listening and speaking skills and after 8 to 10 months their reading and writing skills will improve. I agree with this. Also LWA has ESL classes; if the students are having problems with certain concepts they can always ask their ESL teacher. If they do not need help on some specific topic the ESL teacher will then focus on improving their English overall.

Other teachers will also help international students so students can always ask any teacher if there is anything that they do not understand. I admire those teachers’ teaching skill; they can always explain complicated concepts using simple language. For example, the Social Studies class is a little different than China’s social study class; it combines politics, geography and history, and therefore it was hard for my child to understand the class due to lack of background knowledge. However, when my child had questions the teacher always gave him extra help, and all the questions would be answered in about 20 min. after class. Because of this, my child was able to understand 80% – 90% of what was taught in class.

2. How are the teachers treating the kids?

My observation: All teachers are friendly to students; the headmaster greets students at the door every morning, shakes their hands, and I often see teachers greeting students with big smiles on their faces. The class environment in middle school is more casual than high school, but the relationship between students and teachers is definitely equal and mutually respectful. Because of the high teacher-student ratio, teachers can pay attention to every single student. Teachers are well aware of all the progress a student makes and every problem a student faces. To a student who works hard, the teacher would ask: “Do you have enough time to play?” whereas to a student who needs to improve the teacher would say: “We will always support and help you.”

3. How is the relationship between students? Will my child feel lonely?

My observation: America is an immigrant country so as a school that accepts Chinese students very early on, LWA students are already accustomed to different ethnicities. It is normal for them to see Chinese students on campus and someone will help you when you need help. In fact, having a certain proportion of Chinese students in the school is good for new Chinese students. Chinese students can quickly build friendships among themselves, helping each other become familiar with the new environment, overcome loneliness and thus maintain emotional stability. After all, it is very important for the mental health of adolescents to enjoy friendship with peers.

In addition, the school and the agents organizes parties, short trips, sports events, and dances often; it was really comforting and reassuring to see all the Chinese students play together (interestingly, almost every boy wears glasses!), and they all looked healthy and friendly.

4. Will my child adapt to living in a homestay family? Will they get use to the food?

My observation: All host moms and dads are friendly and outgoing; this will greatly aid your child in developing independence. The children will be able to tell you more about the benefits of staying with American families, but I will just add a friendly reminder. Most homestay families respect the independence of children and generally will not interfere with your child’s schedule so you might have to remind your kids to go to bed early and play less games.

5. Will my child be homesick?

I have asked a few older students, they all agreed that they were homesick at the beginning, but after some time they dealt with it. Plus, the Internet is so convenient these days it is very easy to video chat with parents.

I have only stayed in America for two months but I hope answering these questions can help you understand more about having your children live and study in America and ease your worries a little bit.”

Mother of an international 8th grade student,
living locally with her child