At Forest Lake Academy, international students attend classes with their American peers in an immersive English environment. We offer an ELL academic enrichment program for students who desire a stronger foundation in the English language.

In addition to a rigorous high school curriculum, FLA offers a number of honors-level classes as well as dual enrollment classes in partnership with Adventist Health Sciences University.

Almost all of our international students desire university admission. We provide each student with support throughout the college application process. Graduates of FLA's international program go on to attend universities all over the United States.

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Application and Admission Process

There is a $250 application fee for all International students. International students will be considered for admission after the following has been completed.

  1. Fill out the International Student application
  2. Provide school transcripts
    • If transferring to FLA from a school outside of the US, transcripts must be evaluated by one of the companies listed below:

      Joseph Silny & Associates, International Educational Consultants
      (305) 273-1616
      www.jsilny.com

      World Education Service (WES)
      www.wes.org

  3. Complete a Skype/Wechat Interview with the ELL coordinator or with an FLA administrator (this can be coordinated by emailing Alison.Prusia@forestlake.org)
  4. Secure a home stay/host family. The Home Stay family must be verified by the school before FLA can send the I-20 form.

    There are four agencies that FLA recommends that can help you with the Home Stay family process:
    • American Academic Placement
      1-352-978-6324
      Americanacademicplacement@gmail.com
      Floyd Fincher – Director
    • California Education Corporation
      321-946-8534
      Teri.CEC.Florida@gmail.com
    • JDX Education
      Cathy Wang
      510-415-1701
      cathy.wang@usajdx.org
    • NorthShore Exchange Organization
      Audrey Chu (Chinese / 中文)
      +1-224-425-2792
      audrey@ns-exchange.org
      Joann Seralde (English)
      +1-630-384-9304
      www.ns-exchange.org
    You may use any agency you choose. These are recommendations; however, whichever agency your use must send verification of the Home Stay to FLA before the school can release the I-20 form.
  5. The admission committee will then evaluate the student's application and interview results and make a determination with regards to acceptance.
  6. Once the student is notified of acceptance, the student must then wire payment to the school business office.
  7. Upon receipt of payment, Forest Lake Academy will then issue and send the I-20 form necessary for the student to obtain a student visa.

Desired English Proficiency

Forest Lake Academy recognizes that in order to be successful and take advantage of the opportunities available at our school, it is important that for our students to feel confident in both written and spoken English. Our expectation is that once accepted, students will dedicate themselves to improving their English by immersing themselves in all aspects of school life, i.e. participating in classes, extracurricular activities and attempting to utilize English in all conversations. In order to be academically successful as a student, it is recommended that International students demonstrate the following minimum iBT(internet Based TOEFL) proficiency:

  • 09th grade:     50
  • 10th grade:     60
  • 11th grade:     70
  • 12th grade:     80
Students who are unable to reach the recommended minimum score may still apply to be a student at Forest Lake Academy, however, it is important to understand that reduced English proficiency may make it difficult to be academically successful in all classes.

International Student Guide (PDF)


Tuition and Fees

We aim to ensure a Forest Lake Academy education is within reach for all those who qualify to enroll. To learn more about the costs associated with attending FLA, visit our Tuition and Fees page.




International Student Handbook

Download our International Student Guide (PDF) for full program details.




Forest Lake welcomes students who are:

  • Respectful of FLA's Christian values
  • Emotionally and socially mature
  • Academically motivated and successful
  • Willing to participate in extracurricular activities





Ready to join the FLA Family?

Seventh-day Adventists are a worldwide family of Christian believers. While our countries of origin, cultures and languages span the globe, our faith is our common ground.

In this spirit, Forest Lake Academy (FLA) welcomes qualified international students from around the world. Our unique, holistic and immersive program creates a community where international and American students experience intellectual, social and spiritual growth together.




FLA PROVIDES THREE PILLARS OF SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS



Excellent academics and extracurricular activities



A supportive student mentoring program



Special services through the international department


STUDENT SUCCESS




Our program is designed to ensure student success at both the high school and university levels.

At FLA, international students attend classes with their American peers in an immersive English environment. We offer an ELL academic enrichment program for students who desire a stronger foundation in the English language.

In addition to a rigorous high school curriculum, FLA offers a number of honors-level and dual enrollment classes in conjunction with Adventist Health Sciences University.

Almost all of our international students desire university admission. We provide each student with support throughout the college application process. Graduates of FLA's international program have gone on to attend universities all over the United States.

STUDENT SUPPORT




Our program is also designed to ensure international students feel supported, enriched and at home during their time with us.

Through shared experiences and activities, International FLA students enjoy enhanced personal and social growth at an important time in their lives. A variety of clubs and student organizations are available to keep students engaged and connected to peers outside of the classroom.

Monthly meetings with members of our international department provide students with a regular source of guidance and support. Home Stay or host families provide another link to local culture and community, and will care for students during home leaves (once a month), vacation breaks, emergencies and illnesses.

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CONTACT INFO


Address: Forest Lake Academy
500 Education Loop, Apopka, FL 32703

Phone: 407-862-8411
Fax: 407-862-7050

Email info@forestlake.org



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