International Application Process

At Forest Ridge, an international student is defined as any student who requires an I-20 to study in the United States. Forest Ridge is authorized under US federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. Upon enrollment, the international student is issued an I-20 that allows her to apply for an F1 Visa at the American Embassy in her home country.

All incoming international students who do not speak English as a first language are required to attend the Forest Ridge English Immersion Summer Program before they enter high school (either the summer prior to entering or within two years of enrolling at Forest Ridge).  The English Immersion Summer Program provides a month long orientation that equips international students who do not speak English as a first language with integration into American culture and the Forest Ridge community, as well as offers intensive English language skill-building.  Younger international students who do not speak English as a first language should attend Summer Experience, our day summer program.

International Student Application Checklist

A complete international application consists of the following:

Application Checklist

  • Online Ravenna Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Current Passport (color copy)
  • Parent Financial Statement (confidential, required by US federal law)

School Records & Evaluations

  • Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) (required for all applicants)
    • SSAT Forest Ridge School Code: 3205
  • Test of English required for all students whose first language is not English. These students must take one of the following:
    • TOEFL (grades 9-12) or TOEFL Junior (grades 6-8) test results (for applicants who do not speak English as their first language)
      • TOEFL Forest Ridge School Code: 6000
    • Duolingo English Test
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • Plus, the following:
    • School records (three years of transcripts)
    • Two teacher evaluations written in English (one English teacher/one math teacher)
    • Two writing samples (in English) graded by a current teacher

Visit Forest Ridge

Visiting Forest Ridge is optional for international student applicants, but is encouraged.

  • Completed Student Visit Day
  • Completed Parent Classroom Observation Tour

Private tours are available for those who cannot attend scheduled tour dates.


A Skype or in-person interview will be scheduled once the application file is complete. For students who visit campus, an interview may be completed after the campus tour.

Visit Forest Ridge

International students and their families are not required to visit campus as part of their application process. However, an in-person visit is strongly recommended.

To schedule a private tour, please contact Rosanne Tomich, Director of International Admission, at least two weeks prior to your planned visit.