International Students

Dear Prospective International Student,

St. Rita of Cascia High School is delighted to welcome international students to the beautiful city of Chicago.  We believe that the cultural diversity that comes with students from different geographies, economics, and religious backgrounds enriches all of us.  We welcome the learning and growth opportunities that international students bring to our school.

As a right-sized school, we are a caring family who give individual attention to everyone.  We are an all-boys school, supporting the studies indicating that students academically perform better in a single sex education than in a coed setting.  Our 30 extra-curricular activities give everyone many opportunities to be involved and feel at home in our school.   We’re located within proximity of Chinatown.

St. Rita of Cascia High School is completely committed to a College Preparatory curriculum.  All students are placed in an academic program that is tailored to meet their individual strengths and needs.  Our course of studies will challenge each student to fully develop his intellectual talents. 

We are proud of our students and honored that the United States Board of Education has cited St. Rita as an Exemplary Secondary school. On average 98% of our students continue on to college. The senior class of 2015, totaling 151 young men, earned $17.6 million dollars in scholarships, and are currently enrolled in prestigious universities across the country.  Virtually all of these scholarships were academic or leadership awards.

International Student Application

St. Rita of Cascia High School is registered with SEVIS through the Archdiocese of Chicago School’s office.  This office is authorized to issue I-20s to international students so that they may acquire an F-1 Visa.  In addition to the application for admission, international students must submit a TOEFL score and conduct a Skype interview with a school representative and a school admission’s officer.

St. Rita of Cascia High School strongly encourages entry into the 9th grade for international students.  Exceptions are made on occasion for well-qualified students interested in other grades.  

Tuition rates for international students include the cost of education, non-refundable application fee, registration fee, activity fee, yearbook fee, eBooks, two school shirts, two locker locks, Chapel shirt, necktie, sweatshirt, tutoring, Mentoring Program, cultural trips within the Chicago area, International Program administrative costs, and cultural training for St. Rita teachers.

The following items are required for international admission:

·      Current School Transcript                                                                                                        ·      TOEFL Score                                                                                                                           ·      Copy of Passport and National ID                                                                                            ·      Bank Statement indicating a minimum of $50,000 for a year’s tuition and living expenses   ·      Notarized Birth Certificate                                                                                                      ·      Guardian Consent Forms with CIEC, who provide international student management during      student’s stay in the United States                                                                                        ·      Health Forms of Immunization Records (if accepted)                                                   ·      International Application Form                                           

Note: In addition to the above list items, international students who are currently attending school in the United States and who want to transfer to St. Rita need to provide two letters of recommendation from their current school. 

·      Please download and complete this international application form.  All required items listed above need to be submitted to Ms. Ren Li at renli@stritahs.com or mailed to her at St. Rita of Cascia High School, 7740 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60620, U.S.A.

For more information about the application process and St. Rita High School, please contact Ms. Ren Li at renli@stritahs.com or 773-242-3278.

International Student Management and Housing Option

St. Rita of Cascia High School utilizes Cornerstone International Education Consulting Inc. (CIEC) to provide housing for the student through dorm housing and with homestay families. CIEC will help the international students with the admission’s process.

There have been many positive reviews about international students coming to the United States to receive an excellent high school education; however, the management and care of the students at such a young age has always been a particularly important matter.  Often parents are worried about their children’s capability in managing themselves in academics and daily life with issues like language and cultural barriers.  In response to these parental concerns, St. Rita of Cascia High School and CIEC work closely together to provide the best services needed to ensure great success for our international students.  To help students to acclimate themselves to the American culture, the following housing has been arranged by CIEC:

  •   Grades 9 and 10 are required to live in one of the Cornerstone houses (boarding style).
  •   Grades 11 and 12 are encouraged to join CS-Homestay program.

For further details on CIEC student management and housing please download this PDF document in Chinese or contact CIEC at csdongliang@hotmail.com.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact the following people:

Ms. Ren Li                               Mr. Ed Leiser '04                 Fr. Stephen Curry, O.S.A., Ed.D.    International Recruiter            Director of Admissions        Director of Augustinian Mission   773-242-3278                          773.925.RITA                      773-925-6600ext. 6529 renli@stritahs.com                   eleiser@stritahs.com           scurry@stritahs.com