International Students

Santa Margarita Catholic High School accepts a limited number of International Students each school year. International students applications are reviewed by the school's Admissions Committee and are accepted based on their academic and English qualifications. International students may apply only for the beginning of a school year. Currently, we do not accept spring semester transfers.

English language proficiency is critical to the student's success at SMCHS. International students must demonstrate strong English proficiency skills as all of the classes at SMCHS are taught in English at an accelerated rate. All international applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting TOEFL exam scores with a minimum score of 65, and complete an admissions interview and English language assessment. No English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered.

You should apply for admission as an international student if you are not a United States citizen with a U.S. birth certificate or a U.S. passport. International student applicants includes all students who will be entering, or have already entered the United States with a student visa, and all other students holding a Green Card or other non-immigrant visa.


Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now being accepted. Priority applications will be accepted through January 25, 2020. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed if space is available.

Please contact Joy Francis, International Student Admissions Director, at francisj@smhs.org.


2020-2021 Expenses for International Students

All international students are required to pay for their year's tuition and fees in full on or before May 1, 2020. Receipt of these fees signifies that the international student is registered for class and can begin the 2020-2021 school year at Santa Margarita Catholic High School.

Fees Cost
Tuition $25,500*
Technology $685
Registration $1,000**
International Student
Support Class ***
if determined necessary for all NEW students
E-books and textbooks $700-$100
will vary depending on schedule
Uniforms $300-$500
will vary
Medical Coverage $500-$1,000
will vary
Spending money $1,000-$2,000
will vary
Sports fees $1,200-$2,500
if a student participates in sports
varies depending on the sport played

Please note:
*International students are not eligible for tuition assistance or any other tuition discounts.

**The international student support class is required for all NEW international students if the Admissions Committee determines that additional English support is necessary for attendance at SMCHS.