International Applicants

Our application process is the same for domestic and international students as SSAT scores are required and must be submitted as part of the application file. In addition, international students whose primary language is not English are required to take the TOEFL. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. How much is the international student application fee?

    The international student application fee for Church Farm School is $100 USD.
  • Q. Does Church Farm School require international applicants to submit an SSAT score report? 

    An SSAT exam taken within the past year is required for all applicants regardless of citizenship and native language. Score reports must be sent directly from SSAT, we cannot accept copies sent by schools or consultants.
  • Q. Does Church Farm School offer an ESL program?

    No, Church Farm School does not offer an ESL program. All international students are expected to be highly proficient in reading, writing and speaking the English language before they can be considered for admission.
  • Q. Does Church Farm School require international applicants to submit an SSAT score report?

    An SSAT exam taken within the past year is required for all applicants regardless of citizenship and native language. Score reports must be sent directly from SSAT, we cannot accept copies sent by schools or consultants.
  • Q. Does Church Farm School require international applicants to submit a TOEFL score?

    For non-native English speakers, a TOEFL exam taken within the past year is required. Please note: Church Farm School does not accept the SLEP, IELTS or the TOEFL Junior tests. TOEFL score reports must be sent directly from ETS; we cannot accept copies sent by schools or consultants.
  • Q. What are Church Farm Schools' test codes?

    Our SSAT code is 2236. Our TOEFL code is 7218.
  • Q. Does Church Farm School offer admission interviews in my area?

    Our Admission Officers do travel around the US and overseas to interview in the fall and winter. Please refer to the admission calendar to see our travel plans for fairs, receptions and interviews. While we believe that a campus visit is always helpful, if you are unable to visit the campus, you may contact us to schedule a Skype interview. Please note, due to high demand, Skype interviews cannot be scheduled prior to the submission of your completed application including SSAT and TOEFL scores. Please contact our office prior to January 15 to request your interview so that we can schedule it prior to January 31.
  • Q. Who is considered an international applicant?

    Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are international applicants. U.S. citizens employed overseas who file U.S. tax returns are not considered international applicants. If you are a dual citizen whose native language is not English, you are still required to take the TOEFL exam.
  • Q. Does Church Farm School issue the I-20 form?

    Yes, Church Farm School is authorized by SEVIS (US Department of Security’s Student and Exchange Information System) to issue the I-20 application form. Students must apply, be admitted and enrolled before Church Farm School may issue the application. We have approximately 30 international students to whom we issue I-20 forms after they enroll as new students in April. They then provide us with financial certification, parent affidavit and a copy of their passport page. In nearly all cases, our newly admitted students succeed in obtaining student visas. Due to legal regulations, Church Farm School cannot issue I-20’s for enrolled students more than 90 days prior to the start of school.
  • Q. Is financial aid available?

    Although Church Farm School is willing to consider applications for financial aid from international students, it is unlikely that aid will be granted. We must caution applicants that our international student financial aid is highly restricted and selective. Church Farm School requires as much income and asset verification as families can provide, including tax schedules, proof of salary, bank statements, property assessments, etc. Additionally, we must caution families that, although we have granted financial aid to a highly selective group of non-US citizens, international student financial aid is extremely difficult to obtain at U.S. colleges and universities.

    Church Farm School cannot provide fee waivers for the PFS/application to SSS for international students. We encourage online application to SSS to maximize efficiency and likelihood of successful application. If the cost of application to SSS is prohibitive, we will accept copies of all materials sent directly to Church Farm School.
Ling Qin ’20 came to Church Farm School as a freshman from China looking to experience American culture in a “more liberal, exploratory environment” before heading off to college in the states. In December, he learned that he was accepted early decision to his top choice school, Johns Hopkins University (where two Griffins currently study – Angelino Go ’18 and Sungho Yoo ‘17).

On the heels of that great news, Ling was also nominated with 110 other Pioneer Academics scholars for the Pioneer Research Journal, an annual publication showcasing outstanding undergraduate-level research by high school students. While Ling says he doesn’t think his research, “Comparison of Edge Enhancement Techniques on Angiograms” will ultimately make it into the journal – “it’s more medical-based than physics-based,” he said he selected the topic because his family is involved in the medical field and he felt that “I can make some contribution in this field.” “No one does enhancements on angiograms because most doctors can look at a scan and see what’s going on. But in less-developed regions where the blood vessels are smaller and more intertwined, enhancements can add a lot of value.” For his research, Ling has already earned two college credits from Oberlin College.
Ling, a stellar student who is often found earning his grade’s highest GPA award, looks forward to studying physics in college, and hopefully one day becoming involved with astrodynamics work being performed with JHU’s innovative Applied Physics Lab (APL). Ling says his experience at Church Farm School has well-prepared him for college. “You really have to learn how to be self-regulatory here, and discover the best balance that works for you.”
Ling also appreciates the small, diverse student body that ensures everyone fits in. “It isn’t like a typical elite private school where there are a lot more boundaries between the international students and American students. Because of the demographics here, everyone is more than willing to speak to you and become friends. The students here are very open and make you feel very comfortable. That openness is found in the adults, too, Ling says. “The teachers here give me a lot of support.” In particular, Ling says that if an opportunity doesn’t already exist at CFS, the faculty is more than willing to initiate projects, citing Dr. Harris’ Trout in the Classroom program and Ling’s corresponding genetic research on rainbow trout, as well as his work with Mr. Labrador’s Robotics team, which has grown by leaps and bounds in just three years. Congratulations to Ling on his many achievements at CFS, and those that are certain to come in the future!
The Church Farm School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 located in Exton, PA. Founded in 1918 to provide an excellent education to young men from limited means, Church Farm School now serves boys from a range of socio-economic circumstances who are seeking an extraordinary educational opportunity. The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and an exceptional level of personal attention, with class sizes averaging between just 7 and 12 students.