Tabernacle Christian Academy (TCA) has been educating international students for over 15 years. This experience has given us a perspective that may be helpful for you as you consider enrolling at our school. As you may know, we are not a boarding school. Typically our international students reside with host families from our church or school community when that can be arranged. We have found that the students gain proficiency in English more quickly when they are able to reside with an American family, than with a family that’s the same as the international student in language and culture.
Entering school in America is a very difficult challenge. When confronted by a new culture, language, and school it can be extremely stressful. Therefore it is important that the students have strong academic skills, solid personal character, a rooted faith in Christ and a level of maturity that allows them to assume serious personal responsibility for daily living.
Some advice we would have for parents and students considering an education at our school is:
Because we are a Christian school, it is our expectation for international students that they have a personal faith in Christ which means that they have admitted that they are sinners by nature and by action; they have trusted Christ to forgive them of their sins through faith in his sufficient death on the cross as payment for their sins and have a commitment to living a life of faith based on the Word of God.
Since some students will be living in American host homes, it is important that you understand our perspective on this arrangement. We have found that it can be viewed as a boarder/renter situation. This is not how it is viewed by us. The semester stipend is to cover room, board and supervisory responsibilities, but the international student is expected to become a part of the host family. The host parents are in the place of the natural parents and have the authority of the natural parents. Therefore we require a parent authorization form to be signed by the student’s parents authorizing the school officials/host parents to make decisions that are usual and customary to the role of a parent.
In addition, here are some other points of information related to host family arrangements:
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