A home away from home.
Sunrise Beach Program offers an robust International Exchange program for our High School grades. This program strives to celebrate cultural exchange, appreciation of diversity, inclusion, and expanded world view.
In our offerings to our International Students, we offer all that Sunrise Beach High School provides each of our students: a high standard of education based on Biblical principle, college preparatory and AP academics, classes through the University of Washington, a variety of elective classes, and TOEFL preparation.
For International Students: Frequently Asked Questions
Where will I live?
Sunrise Beach High School (SBHS) places students with American host families. SBHS strives to make each placement an appropriate fit for our international students. International students benefit greatly from the relationships formed with their host families.
What is the weather like in Washington, the Evergreen State?
The weather is usually mild in western Washington. Temperatures rarely rise above 26°C (79°F), and winter days seldom drop below 8°C (46°F) while the eastern part of the state has warm summers and cool winters. Western Washington experiences frequent cloud cover, fog and drizzle, and the western slopes of the Cascades receive up to 508cm (200 inches) annual snowfall.
What about medical insurance?
SBHS requires that you have medical insurance during your course of study. Information will be included in your application packet.
If I need help while I’m away from my family, what do I do?
SBHS has an International Student Program Director who will help you schedule classes, and will be your liaison between school and your host family. Your host family will be your home away from home. And of course you may keep in touch with your family via e-mail, etc.
Do I need a recruiting agency?
No! You may apply to SBHS directly. No sending agent is required.
How can I meet and socialize with other students to make new friends?
Every year SBHS hosts a back-to-school program for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. That will be your first of many opportunities to get to know your schoolmates. Making American friends will help your English, and is also great fun! Throughout the year there will be many opportunities to strengthen friendships and make new friends.
How can I maintain my F-1 (student) visa status?
Once accepted to SBHS, you will be provided with an I-20 form. We will coach you through the immigration process as needed. Your F-1 status will remain in effect for the period of time you are a student at SBHS. Sunrise Beach High School is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
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