Q. Does Southwestern
Academy issue I-20’s?
A Yes. However,
Southwestern Academy does not automatically issue the I20 form.
An application review must first be conducted. If we admit the
student we first send the Acceptance Letter with instructions
about payment, then we issue the I-20.
Q. How will I be
notified of my acceptance?
A. Once it is determined
that the applicant meets our criteria and if we have space
available we subsequently send via regular mail and email an
Acceptance Letter and Tuition Statement to the family. The
Acceptance Letter is our official notification that the student
has been accepted to our school for the specified term. It will
also include the Southwestern Academy campus to which you were
accepted. The Acceptance Letter may include specific provisions
that the student or family must meet in order to complete the
Q. Where do your
international students come from?
A. Our students come from 24
countries around the world. We intend to enroll 50% of our
students from outside the US. Our target is to limit our
international enrollment to no more than 10% from any single
country. Our total enrollment at our San Marino campus is 140
students and our enrollment at our Arizona campus is 40
students. Applicants from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong should be
aware that due to the overwhelming demand from these countries
and our limited space you should have other boarding schools in
Q. If I apply for a
certain grade level does that help my chances of getting
A. Southwestern Academy does
not admit students to a specific grade level. A Grade Level
determination will made after the Academic Deans review the
student’s Official Transcripts and compare them to our
graduation requirements. This process generally takes place once
the student has enrolled and met with an advisor.
Q. I am an ESL
student, how does that affect my enrollment at Southwestern
A. Students who will be
enrolled in our English as a Second Language (ESL) program
should be aware that they will not be enrolled in the
traditional academic courses until they demonstrate English
proficiency. This requirement in some cases can alter the
student’s expected graduation date. However, no students will
graduate from Southwestern Academy unless they satisfy all of
our Graduation Requirements. (These requirements can be found in
our General Catalog online in our Download Center
Q. When can I make my
appointment to interview with the US Consulate for my Visa
A. Once you receive the
letter of Acceptance you may contact the US Consulate office
nearest you to apply for and schedule your visa interview. In
some countries such as China, Taiwan or Hong Kong the next
available interview appointment may take up to three weeks.
Please note you will not be granted an interview unless you have
the original signed I20 form in your possession. For this
reason you must follow the next instructions exactly.
Q. What happens after
I pay the 50% of tuition and fees?
A. Upon receipt of the
Acceptance Letter International students are required to pay
Southwestern Academy 50% of the tuition and fees before we issue
the I20. Bank wire transfer information is located in the
Tuition Statement. Please follow those instructions carefully.
Payment may also be made via certified check drawn upon a US
bank. In all cases clearly state the student’s name in the memo
portion of the wire transfer or certified check.
Q. Can I pay my fees
with a credit card?
A. No credit card payments
Q. How long does it
take for Southwestern Academy to issue the I20 form?
A. Once our bank gives us
confirmation that your payment is deposited we will send the I20
form. We generally send the I20 form to the student or
designated contact person within 72 hours of receipt of funds.
Q. How does
Southwestern Academy send the I20 to international students?
A. We typically send the I20
form via US Express Mail, FedEx or DHL depending upon the
country to which we are sending it.
Q. What should I do
after I get my visa?
A. When you have
successfully completed your visa interview and have obtained the
F1 Student Visa, the remaining 50% of tuition and fees must be
paid at that time. All fees must be paid before the student
arrives at Southwestern Academy.
Q. What if I don’t
pass my visa interview?
A. In the event the student
does not pass the interview you should contact the Admissions
Office immediately to see if we can assist with your preparation
for a second interview. If the student does not pass again and
the family chooses not to try again for another interview, you
may request a full refund of your initial deposit. Contact the
Admissions Office for those instructions.
Q. Is there anything
else I should know before I leave my home country?
A. When you are ready to
travel to the US please bring your passport, visa document, and
most importantly the I20 form with you to your departing
airport. Carry these documents with you. Do not pack them away
in your suitcase. You will need to present them to the US
Immigration officials when you get off the plane.
Q. Can I be a Day
(commuting) Student at your school?
A. In order for you to be a
Day Student your mother or father must live in the local area.
You may not live with another relative such as an aunt, uncle,
brother sister etc. Your mother or father must provide proof
that they live in the area and plan to make this their residence
for the duration of your education at Southwestern Academy.
Q. What TOEFL or SLEP scores do I need?
A. Southwestern Academy does
NOT require TOEFL or SLEP scores. If you have scores feel
free to submit them but they will not affect our admissions
decision. Students should demonstrate a willingness to learn
English and study hard to prepare for college admissions.