International Student Application Process - Sacred Heart High School - Waterbury, CT

International Student Application Process

The Heart welcomes International Students to join our school family!

At Sacred Heart, students from around the world are integrated and encouraged to participate in all facets of school life and learn about American culture. International students have the opportunity to further develop their English fluency skills, experience a well-rounded, rigorous, and diverse curriculum, and challenge themselves to become good global citizens. Engaging in service learning, student-run clubs, sports, and the arts provide our International students with a full immersion experience. Students who need additional support have the opportunity to address their core academic and social needs. At the Heart, our student family comes first!

Below you will find detailed information on the application and admission process. Please contact Mrs. Erin Laferriere, Director of Admissions at 203-753-1605, extension 20, should you have any additional questions.

Host Families

Host Families are identified and secured by the sponsoring agencies for students studying at the Heart. If you are interested in learning more about hosting an International Student, please contact Mrs. Laferriere at 203-753-1605, ext. 20 or at

Application Process

Step 1: Complete and Submit Application Documents.

Required: Application for Admission, Recommendation Form, School Transcripts in English, SLEP Score, Verification of Finances, and Copy of Passport. Photos, Additional Recommendations, Additional Test Scores (TOEFL, SSAT) English Writing Sample are all optional but recommended.

Step 2: Interview with the President and Director of Admissions via Skype or in person.

Step 3: Decision

If the student is accepted, the Admissions Office will provide a letter of acceptance conditional upon the receipt of the F-1Visa.

Step 4: Submit Payment for the I-20

In order to issue the I-20, a fee of $250.00 must be paid in advance. Payment can be made to Sacred Heart High School in the form of a check, credit card, wire transfer or cash. Sacred Heart High School will then forward this payment on to the Office of Catholic Schools which is the office responsible for issuing the I-20 to the student.

Step 5: Tuition & Fees

Tuition (2015-2016)                                            $10,975.00

Application Fee                                                     None

Graduation Fee (Seniors Only)                         $175.00

I-20 Processing Fee (New Students Only)     $250.00

ESL Class Fee (if applicable)                            $1,200.00

Payment Schedule: Tuition and fees must be paid in full by July 1st.

Step 6: Arrival of Student

Students must arrive at least 2 weeks prior to the start of classes and set up an appointment with the Director of Admissions. To ensure compliance with the CT State health requirements, the student must have completed medical forms (translated in English). The student must have a medical examination performed by a physician in the United States upon their arrival.


"Sacred Heart High School is not just a building. It is an investment in life that continues to pay dividends. Many graduates will testify to the influence that the Sacred Heart experience has given them. The Sacred Heart Experience is an immersion in a family which will stay with you forever"
- Monsignor James Coleman '54
Principal 1979-1988
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