The Upper School at Covenant Christian Academy welcomes a limited number of international boarding students in grades 7 – 12, from various countries around the world. Established in 1991 as a rigorous college-preparatory school guided and informed by a Christian worldview, we are characterized by high academic standards, small class sizes and a variety of co-curricular programs, all housed in a beautiful 60,000 square foot facility.
Our strategic location, a residential suburban setting just minutes north of Boston, gives our international students easy access to explore this world-class city. Boston is renowned for its outstanding educational enrichment opportunities, its colleges and universities, as well as its world-class arts, music, and historical offerings. With two regional international airports and access to the high-speed Amtrak Acela train, students have easy access to all of the major cities on the east coast including New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Portland.
As the Director of the International Student Programs here at CCA, I am eager to introduce you to all that we have to offer. I look forward to speaking with you about the opportunities that await you at CCA!
International Student Program Director
CCA is seeking international students who:
- Are highly motivated academically and have a track record of being successful
- Display social and emotional maturity
- Eagerly get involved in enrichment opportunities, including athletics, clubs and social activities
- Are willing to grow in respect and understanding of people of different backgrounds, world cultures and values.
CCA Offers International Students:
High Academic Standards
- The CCA Roundtable where students hone their critical thinking skills by engaging in lively student led discussions, as the teacher guides and mentors them.
- Covenant Scholars Contract Program: Honors level classes are offered as Scholars Contracts. Each contract is overseen by a faculty member who serves as a mentor, and this approach gives students the opportunity to delve deeper into their individual interests. Scholars Contracts encourage independent work at a collegiate level and promote critical thinking and research skills. This mentored independent study model is similar to programs used by International Baccalaureate Schools worldwide.
- AP Offerings: Students have the option to enroll in the Covenant Scholars Program. Through this program, they are guided to take a number of AP exams. In the class of 2015, 30% of the students taking AP Exams earned recognition as AP Scholars. (AP Scholars score 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams.) Students typically take Latin, English Literature, U.S. History, Biology, Calculus, Physics and Chemistry.
- The Senior Thesis Project: The Capstone of a Classical Education: The Senior Thesis Project is the culmination of our students’ Classical Education. After writing a twenty-page research essay on a topic of his or her choosing, each student must defend his or her argument in front of the entire School of Rhetoric, along with a panel of faculty members and outside experts. The Thesis Project demands the scholarly depth, expert rhetoric, and personal confidence that are essential to our students’ success in collegiate studies and professional life.
- Academic Travel Week: The Living Classroom Each spring, students in grades 7-12 embark on a week of curricular driven academic travel as a class. Each grade’s experience is planned around specific curriculum objectives and the trips vary from year to year.
A Supportive Community
- Personal Attention: 7:1 student to teacher ratio in our Upper School allows for unique individual attention and a deep sense of being part of a safe, caring community. This enhances the likelihood of academic success and personal growth.
- English Support: International students have the opportunity to work with a teacher specially trained to work with English language learners.
- Home Stay Program: One of the distinctive features of Covenant Christian Academy’s International Program is our Home Stay program. We place each of our international students with a carefully selected American host family that is affiliated with the school. Host families offer a great opportunity for the student to have first hand experience of what it is like to live with an American family, while providing an intimate cultural learning environment and focused social and emotional support. To learn more about the Homestay Program, click here.
- International Student Program Coordinator: All aspects of the International Student’s experience at CCA are carefully monitored by the International Student Program coordinator. This includes their academic progress, social and emotional status and home stay environment to ensure students safety and care are at the highest level.
- Orientation Program: International students are invited to arrive 10 days prior to the start of school in the fall, and 7 days prior to the start of second semester in the spring, to participate in an orientation program tailored to help them make a smooth transition to:
- Living with their host family, getting to know them and settling in before school starts
- Understanding the culture, rhythms and expectations that go with being part of the CCA community
- Understanding their level of proficiency with English so we know how best to prepare them for our academic program
- Exploring the surrounding area in which they will live for the next one to six years
- College Counseling: Students will be carefully guided through the college selection process. They will have the opportunity to hear from Admissions Counselors from varied colleges and to easily visit some of the finest colleges in the United States that are located nearby. Students have access to Naviance, an online program that helps streamline the college selection process and helps students identify what may be the best college program matches for them. To explore Naviance, click here.
A Strong Co-curricular Program
- Our Fine Arts Program offers opportunities for participation in the Band, String Ensemble, Chorale or our Theatre Arts program. Students receive excellent training and perform at a very high level, sometimes being invited to perform at events in the area. Our excellent Art program also includes photography as an elective.
- Strong, Competitive Athletic Program: Our 13 teams perform competitively against other private schools in the region, with many teams often making it to the playoffs, winning championships, and individual players winning league MVPs.
- Clubs: Opportunities for involvement in a wide variety of clubs are available to students, for example, the Lego Robotics Team, Fencing, Basketball and Drama clubs. Students have the freedom to organize clubs and service groups around common interests and activities.
- Leadership Development and Community Service: Students have opportunities to develop leadership skills both inside the classroom around the CCA Roundtable and around campus where they may serve as a committee member or an intern, assisting and learning from an adult in the community. Some students also have the opportunity to become part of the elite Prefect Board, a group of our top student leaders who work closely with adults in their area of service to help to set the tone and culture of the student body at CCA, leading by example. Other service and leadership opportunities are available within the region through local service organizations or through neighboring churches.
INTERNATIONAL HOMESTAY PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Covenant Christian Academy, a Classical Christian school on the North Shore outside Boston, welcomes international students from around the world! Our robust Homestay Program affords our international students enrolled at CCA a chance to experience living with a caring, supportive American family, who will include you as part of the family in a safe environment. Host Families are carefully chosen and are affiliated in some manner with CCA. Some Host Families children who are currently attending CCA, others have children who are alumni and some are currently employed at CCA.
Each host family agrees to provide suitable accommodations, mostly a single room, but sometimes a large bedroom may be shared with a child of the same gender and about the same age, only if the international student is open to that. A desk, at least one chair, dresser and closet are provided. Typically, the bathroom available is shared. Internet access is also available.
In addition to providing a warm, welcoming environment for you, Host Families are responsible for driving you to and from school each day. They will also provide transportation for you, within reason, to do errands (e.g. going to the local mall, getting school supplies you need to purchase). They will also take you to receive medical attention if you need it. You will need to have your own medical insurance to cover the cost of your medical care. Your Host Family will provide all your meals, except lunch during the academic week. Lunches are provided for you through the Food Service Program at CCA.
As an international student, you are carefully matched with your Host Family. Although this cannot be guaranteed, as far as possible, you will be placed with a family with a child of the same sex that is similar in age to you. The Host Family will attend to your basic needs and will do its best to address any concerns you have, allergies for example. The Host Family will supervise your homework, act as a liaison with your family and the International Student Program Coordinator. Your Host Family will give frequent updates on your progress to your parents or guardian, the agency that placed you and the International Student Program Coordinator. If the host parents need to be absent for an extended period of time, they will arrange for adult supervision during their absence.
Each family is unique with their own set of spoken and unspoken rules. You are expected to take the time to understand your Host Family and their expectations for your being part of the family. You should also feel free to communicate what your expectations are. This openness on both your parts will only serve to enrich your experience in the Homestay program.
Please contact the Homestay Coordinator at with any questions you might have.
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TOEFL IBT Score Requirements
Applicants are expected to have the minimum TOEFL IBT scores or their equivalent indicated below:
12th grade: 100
11th grade: 90
10th grade: 75
9th grade: 62
8th grade: 55
7th grade: 48
Students entering with minimum scores, except for seniors, are required to join the ESL class. Equivalent scores on the TOEFL Jr., SLEP, SSAT and ISEE are also used to determine eligibility for enrollment.
Tuition for International Students
Basic tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $26,400. Additional costs include a non-refundable application fee, Homestay, and the New Student Orientation Program. For more details please contact us at 978-535-7100 ext. 146 or at .
Important Application, Enrollment & Payment Deadlines
If you are Applying and planning to Enroll in September of 2017…
Application/fee: February 1, 2017
File Completion: February 14, 2017
Interview: February 28, 2017
Enrollment/Deposit: March 15, 2017
Full Tuition Payment Due: July 1, 2017
Orientation: August 27, 2017
Classes Begin: September 5, 2017
If you are Applying and planning to Enroll in January of 2018…
Application/fee: October 15, 2017
File Completion: November 15, 2017
Interview: November 30, 2017
Enrollment/Deposit: December 15, 2017
Full Tuition Payment Due: December 27, 2017
Orientation: January 16, 2018
Classes Begin: January 22, 2018
International Application Procedure
Applicants may apply by completing and uploading the International Students Application Form online.
Applicants may also download, print and complete the International Students Application Form. The completed form may be:
- scanned and e-mailed to
- faxed to 978-535-7123
- mailed to Covenant Christian Academy, 83 Pine Street, West Peabody, MA 01960, USA.
Each applicant must submit the following:
- A non-refundable application fee of $250.00
- Completed Family Application Form
- Completed Parent Statement. Note: This must be completed by the parent, not the guardian or agent
- Completed Student Statement
- Copy of the student’s passport
- A translated copy of academic records for the previous school year and most recently completed academic term, including a brief description of the content of each course taken and an assessment of the student’s class rank.
- Teacher recommendations for English and Mathematics. Note: Teacher and Administrator Evaluations must be completed in English.
- Translated physical and Immunization report.
- A copy of TOEFL or TOEFL Jr. report
- A copy of ISEE or SSAT report if those have been taken.
- A graded writing sample written in English for an academic class. The sample should be approximately 250 words. This is optional if an ISEE or SSAT report is submitted.
Once all of the paperwork is received by CCA, schedule a personal interview that will include the student and parent or guardian. For students living outside the Greater Boston area, please schedule a Skype interview.
NOTE: you must call first to schedule this interview. We might not be able to accommodate interviews and tours without a prior appointment. Please contact us at or at 978-535-7100 ext. 146.
Although CCA offers rolling admission, International Students are encouraged to apply by February 1st for Fall admission. This gives adequate time for processing their applications and getting the necessary visas and other paperwork so they can start school on time. A response will be given no later than two weeks after receiving all the necessary paperwork and an interview has been conducted.
Obtaining a Student Visa
Once the student has accepted an offer to attend CCA and all the paperwork has been completed, an I-20 will be issued. This is necessary for obtaining an F-1 visa from a United States Embassy or Consulate. Without this visa, the student will not be able to attend CCA.
- Once an International Student has accepted our offer to attend CCA, he/she will need to enroll. A link to enroll will be sent to you from the Admissions office.
- International students are required to arrive August 21, 2016, 10 days prior to the start of classes. Travel arrangements should be made to ensure his/her arrival in time to participate in our required International Student Orientation, which will occur during this time.
- Orientation Program: This required activity is designed to help International Students acclimate as quickly as possible to CCA, the surrounding area and their Host Families. It will also serve as an opportunity to determine the students’ level of fluency with English and how best to help them prepare for their academic life at CCA.
- Submission of F-1 visa, passport, evidence of Health insurance and original copies of all the paperwork submitted.
CCA must be kept informed of any address changes of a student’s parents or guardian.
Download and complete the International Student Application Form
International Student Application: Complete Online
Download How to apply for an F-1 visa
Questions and Inquiries
For questions or inquiries please contact us at or call 978-535-7100 ext. 146.