International Students

The GCA International Program began in 2007 with the global vision of reaching students for Christ all around the world. For the 2015-2016 school year, GCA is please to welcome students from South Korea, Spain and Taiwan. 

Gahanna Christian Academy is certified as an I-20 School and accepts international students based on standard educational testing criteria. Every year, foreign students come from a variety of countries to the United States to student at Gahanna Christian Academy. International students typically apply to attend high school on a J-1 or F-1 Visa (www.ice.gov/sevis/). However, it is possible for younger middle school students to attend Gahanna Christian Academy if they are proficient in English and have passed the necessary testing requirements.  

Gahanna Christian Academy is based in Gahanna, OH (www.gahanna.gov/) which is a close suburb of the capital city of Columbus, OH (www.experiencecolumbus.com). 

Gahanna Christian Academy is certified by the Ohio State Department of Education (www.education.ohio.gov/) as a non-public school. Classes, credits, and diplomas are recognized and accepted by other private and public schools. colleges, and universities. 

The GCA International Program provides a well-rounded college preparatory, Christian-based curriculum. Our program is designed to prepare international students to be global leaders and strong character and grounded moral ethics. Our teachers work with each student to help improve English proficiency, foundational core development, testing knowledge, and assimilation into American society.  

At Gahanna Christian Academy, we test and interview all incoming students to ensure proper placement in grade level and course placement. Integrated into the GCA International Program is a strong English as a Second Language (ESL) class which helps students meet the expectations of future college coursework and supports their mastery of the English language. Students are encouraged to grow through Christ-centered curriculum that builds there vocabulary through reading and writing. 

The GCA International Program includes placement with an area Christian host family. Here, the student will learn how to adapt and grow in a foreign culture. Our host families are welcoming, friendly, loving, and interested in learning about your country. 

To be considered for the GCA International Program, your student must meet the 
following:

  1. The student must be entering 6-10 grades.
  2. The student must be a professing Christian, come from a Christian home, and be willing to provide us with at least one Pastoral recommendation.
  3. The student must be able to read, write and communicate in English.
  4. The student must have scored the requirements on one of the following: A TOEFL score of 54 or higher (www.ets.org/toefl), A SLEP score of 44 or higher, A TOEFL Jr. score of 775 (www.ets.org/toefl_junior) or higher, OR a SSAT in the 60% percentile or higher (www.princetonreview.com/college/ssat-information.aspx). 
  5. The student must also pass the GCA International Entrance Examination.
  6. An application packet must be completed and submitted with a one-time application fee of $250.00.

Once these requirements have been met, the host family and the student, if available, will interview with the High School principal.