International Program

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International Program at Grace

Educating from a Christian Worldview

We believe that international students bring to our school community a richness of culture that enhances the learning experience of all. Also, through the education of international students, the influence of a Christ-­centered education is spread throughout the world and among different cultures. Therefore, we welcome students who meet our admissions qualifications from around the world.

Grace Community School is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. Please note that I-20’s can only be legally issued once the student and family have completed the admissions process and the student has been accepted to the school.

To apply to GCS or if you have any questions, please contact Kinsey Featherston, International Student Program Coordinator, by email at kinsey.featherston@gracetyler.org, phone at 1-903-566-0036, WhatsApp at 903-312-8052, or WeChat at KinseyJF.

Join Students from Across the Globe

Why Grace?

“In my mother’s opinion, a Christian school is usually a better choice than the non-Christian school, because Christian schools teach the Bible which is the word of God and too, because students are usually more friendly. Reliable evidence has shown that most American high schools have already stopped teaching the Bible, and the Bible is really important to my family.”

Bevin Tang- International Student

Why Grace for Our Child?

“As time goes on, we feel that the children are a scrabbling land between we- Christians and Satan. A place where God is with is a nice place, a school where God is with is a good school. Now that Ms. Emily, the international teacher of Grace, interviewed our son- Henry he was deeply touched. We saw they were talking a long time, and praying and later Henry said that his spiritual perspective was updated. Then Henry and we parents made our almost the most important decision this decade.”

By Carrie, Chinese mother of Henry Zhang, Class of 2022

Why Here?

  • The University of Texas at Austin business school ranked 5th in the nation.
  • 43 engineering programs in the state of Texas.
  • Ranked 14th in the nation, Rice University, located in Houston, Texas has both an engineering and business program.
  • 24 business programs in the state of Texas.
  • Grace Community School is a two-time National Blue Ribbon recipient, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for high academic achievement.

Join Students from Across the Globe

 

Join Students from Across the Globe

Application Process

Application
Supporting Documents

    Also, with your application please submit the following supporting documents:

  • Copy of student’s passport
  • Copy of official birth certificate
  • Verification of funds
  • An official school transcript
  • Official transcript translation
  • ITEP SLATE or TOEFL test results
  • English teacher recommendation
  • Math teacher recommendation
  • Church/Personal Reference
  • Transcript of grades cover sheet – to be signed and dated by the student’s current school administrator
  • Photos
  • $250 application fee (nonrefundable)
Agencies
  • Add information about the three agencies and links to their pages.
Parent and Student Handbook

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. Please note that I-20’s can only be legally issued once the student and family have been through our entire admissions process and are accepted to Grace Community School. If you have any questions please contact Kinsey Featherston, International Student Program Coordinator, by email at kinsey.featherston@gracetyler.org

Want to host an international student?

Host Families

Host families are needed to house students yearly at Grace Community School. The GCS International Program staff takes great care to connect potential host families with international students who share similar interests and preferences. Being a host family is a great way to learn about the culture of the student while opening your home to a child navigating high school far from their native country. If you would like to consider being a host family, please contact Kinsey Featherston, International Student Program Coordinator, by email at kinsey.featherston@gracetyler.org

Admissions Team

Kinsey Featherson

Kinsey Featherson

International Student Program Coordinator

Kinsey joined the Grace team in 2020, serving in several roles. She is the administrative assistant for the middle school and Grace U campus and serves as the international student program coordinator. Kinsey is a Tyler native who attended GCS from JrK through her senior year. After graduating from Grace in 2011, she received her bachelor’s degree in communication from Dallas Baptist University. Kinsey then moved to Washington D.C., where she worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as Press Assistant and, ultimately, Press Secretary for two years. Moving back to Texas in early 2019, Kinsey has since pursued a career outside of politics, working in Plano, Texas, for Common Desk— a coworking company based out of Dallas. An alumni of Capitol Hill, Kinsey still invests some of her time volunteering and consulting for various political campaigns.