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St. Catherine’s Academy has over 50 years of experience.


Student Life

Our 7-day boarding program attracts students from all over the world who want to learn English and experience life in America. Within our close-knit residential community, students develop an understanding for other cultures and learn to relate to one another.

International Boarding School at St. Catherine’s Academy


St. Catherine’s Academy is an international day and boarding school in the United States (U.S.). Our international program is open to students in 4th - 8th grade. Since 1936, we have welcomed international students to study English and experience life in America.

In recent years, our program has welcomed international students from Mexico, Russia, France, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Costa Rica, and Korea.

Who is an international student?

An applicant is considered an international student if he:

  • Is a US citizen residing outside of the United States

  • Is a US legal resident (with a Green Card) residing outside of the United States

  • Is applying for an F-1 Student Visa regardless of his place of residence

English Language Instruction

St. Catherine’s Academy welcomes international students who wish to strengthen their English language skills. Our English Language Learner (ELL) program is designed for students whose native language is not English.

Students are placed in the ELL program to build their English language skills if they do not meet the proficiency level recommended for their grade level. Once they are proficient, students are moved to mainstream English classes. Our immersion environment encourages rapid development of English.

St. Catherine’s Academy does not require TOEFL testing for acceptance.

A Catholic School With A Military Tradition

St. Catherine's Academy is a Catholic school with a military tradition. We offer outstanding academics, spiritual guidance, and the values and virtues of our military tradition, such as honor, responsibility, and leadership.


SCA’s beautiful 8-acre campus is located in Anaheim near Los Angeles, California. Our central location makes a variety of cultural attractions available to our boarding students and provides easy transportation for international students and their families.

Application Process

Our experienced admissions team will walk you through the admissions process, including information on student visas. Our goal is to make the process as simple as possible without requiring your family to obtain an outside consultant.

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.

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International Admissions Process

During the application process, each international applicant will be evaluated on character, academic performance, willingness to work to his potential, and ability to work with others.

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International Application and Forms

These forms are for international students only.

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English Language Learners

St. Catherine’s Academy’s English Language Learners (ELL) program is designed for students whose native language is not English.

Studying in the US

Congratulations on your decision to study in the United States! A very rewarding and life-changing experience awaits your son at St. Catherine’s Academy.


Frequently Asked Questions

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