Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

At WCA, we believe firmly that you should have answers to as many questions as possible prior to making your decision to send your student abroad to study with us. In order to try and help inquiring families get answers to questions that are commonly posed to our admissions department, we have created this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. 

 

If you have a question that is not answered by this FAQ, please do not hesitate to submit it to our admissions department. And if its a really great question, we will add it to this page!

How does an International Student Program differ from a Cultural Exchange Program?

Unlike a cultural exchange program where students study abroad for a semester or a school year, the aim of our international student program is for students to receive their secondary educationdsc_0034 exclusively in the United States. The ultimate goal of these students is acceptance into colleges and universities here in the U.S., making their commitment long-term. 100% of our students meet that goal, so you can count on their enrollment to last the duration of their high school years.

 

What is the difference between a J-1 Visa and an F-1 Visa?

Students on J-1 Visas are commonly referred to as cultural exchange students. These students are able to attend school in the U.S. for up to one year, but most must return to their native country and complete a 2-year foreign residence requirement. Students on F-1 Visas are commonly referred to as international students. These students are able to attend school in the U.S. year after year, provided they are enrolled in an educational institution and show evidence of sufficient funds to pursue their course of study.

 

In what grades are students typically accepted?

The majority of our students enroll in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. In some instances, students will enroll in 6th, 7th, 8th, and 12th grade as well.

 

What is the English language proficiency level required?

International students that are admitted to Williamsburg Christian Academy must have a level of proficiency of the English language that will allow them to function in a classroom where English is spoken exclusively.  A solid grasp of conversational English is essential, as classes at WCA are highly interactive.  Students admitted will be expected to fully participate in class discussions, and they should be confident in their ability to converse socially with the WCA community as well.

 

What criteria does WCA use in accepting International Program Students?

International students who apply to WCA are screened carefully to ensure that student success is attainable.  A student's academic and behavior records are carefully examined.  In addition, TOEFL scores are used to determine if the student and the school are a match.  An interview is conducted with school officials to further determine if there is a match.  If an in-person interview cannot be arranged, a SKYPE interview will be scheduled.

 

What is the Application Process?

All international student applicants must first go through a screening process through WCA's International Programs Director.  Once the initial screening is complete, we will work out a plan for an application to be completed and an interview to occur.

 

HOST FAMILIES

 

How are Host Families Selected?

Host families are carefully screened families (both parents and all members of the household over the age of 18 must pass background checks) that have shown a motivation to host a student. Both parents must be a minimum of 30 years of age, must own a car and have enough experience to drive safely, and be fluent English speakers.   They also agree to all the policies and stipulations listed in the below questions.

 

Will my student have their own room?

Yes, your student will be given their own room. They may need to share a bathroom based on the layout of the host family's home.

 

What furnishings and bedding will they be provided in their room?

The Host Family provides a bedroom that is solely for the Student’s use. The bedroom must be furnished with a bed, a desk, chair, a desk lamp, a closet or bureau, and linens and towels.

 

How and how often will they be fed?

The Host Family provides breakfast and dinner during weekdays when school is in session and all three meals a day during the weekend. If the Host is absent during meal times(or school vacations/holidays), a meal should be prepared in advance or leave instructions and funds for delivery of a meal.

 

Is this my student just renting a room?

No, the Host Family welcomes your Student as a new member of the family, not as someone who rents a room in the house. Host shall treat the Student like his/her own child.

 

How will my student get to and from extracurricular activities they decide to participate in?

The Host Family is required to provide school transportation. In terms of other necessary rides such as extra-curricular activities, the Student is required to pre-schedule with Host, except in the sudden development of a situation where a ride is necessary.

 

What happens in the event of a medical emergency?

The Host family will bring your student to an urgent care or emergency room facility as required and stay with them as needed until a determination is made that they need to be admitted and stay overnight, or are discharged. The Host Family is also required to contact WCA, in the case of any emergency befalling the student, and we will then contact you.

 

Will the Host Family help my student with any difficulties they might encounter and assist with any parent-teacher meetings?

The Host Family steps into the role of guardian on behalf of you for all school matters, including, but not limited to attending parent-teacher conferences or attending a school event where the Student is featured. (All families must sign a Temporary Guardianship Form that will need to be notarized.)