Applying to high schools in the state--and anywhere in the US--is a process with several steps. Some steps will differ from school to school, so you should contact the school you are applying to for more specific information. However, there are some general guidelines for applying to high schools in the US.
Choose a school Your first step is to research American secondary schools and choose the school that will give you the education you are looking for. The United States offers a wide variety of program choices for international students, so you should have no problem finding the school that is right for you.
Apply directly to the school This step is the one that varies the most between schools. Most high schools in the US have their own individual application form and process to follow. You should contact the school directly to get a copy of the form or an introduction to their process. They may require transcripts or other supporting documents from you, which you may need to have translated if they are not issued by your home institution in English. You should also find out if there is an application deadline, and give yourself plenty of time.
Pay your application fees and any other fees Many schools will require you to pay an application fee and all or part of the year's tuition before they will send you a letter of acceptance. As the letter of acceptance is absolutely required to obtain a student visa, this step is very important. Most institutions will refund your payment if for some reason a student visa cannot be obtained. Check the individual school's policy.
Apply for your study permit Once you have your letter of acceptance from a the secondary school, you can begin applying for your US student visa, also sometimes called a study permit. This visa is required for all international students whose studies in the US will last more than six months. The application process for this permit may take some time. Again, it is very important to leave enough time before the beginning of the school year to apply for and receive your visa.
Once you have your letter of acceptance and your visa, you are ready to begin your journey to the US for an exciting high school experience.
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