International Student Program
Rowland Hall is currently seeking international students who have strong academic records and will make positive contributions to our school community. We accept international students to our Upper School—grades nine through eleven.
The academic program at Rowland Hall is rigorous, and we do not offer an English as a Second Language (ESL)/English Language Learners (ELL) program. International students take the same courses as domestic students, so fluency in reading, writing, and speaking English is essential. Fluency in English must be demonstrated during the application process.
International students may live with a parent(s) or legal guardian, or they may choose to stay with a Rowland Hall host family. Please call us for more information on our host family program.
Once an international student has been admitted and completed all necessary paperwork, Rowland Hall will issue an I-20 form. Please note financial aid is not available for international students.
- Online Application for Admission
- Application fee: $160
- Applicant questionnaire
- Parent questionnaire
- School transcripts for the current year and two prior academic years (translated into English)
- Two teacher recommendations (one must be from a teacher of English or other teacher with knowledge of student’s English proficiency)
- Documentation of Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or iTEP Secondary Level Assessment Test of English (SLATE) test score
- Copy of student passport
- Official copy of parent’s bank statement, indicating sufficient funds for payment of tuition
- If applicants are in the area, an in-person interview will be scheduled. If applicant is unable to visit the school, a Skype interview will be scheduled.
Applicants can register for the TOEFL at toefl.org. Our ETS code for score reporting purposes is 2045. The recommended minimum TOEFL score on the Internet-based test (iBT) is 80-82, dependent on grade level. Attaining the recommended TOEFL score is not a guarantee of admission.
Applicants can register for the iTEP SLATE at itepexam.com. The recommended minimum iTEP SLATE scores is 4. Attaining the recommended minimum iTEP SLATE score is not a guarantee of admission.
Extraordinary examples of excellence abound in the Upper School—not only in our excellent college-preparatory academic program, but also in championship athletics and debate; a broad STEM curriculum taught by innovative, award-winning educators; service learning; celebrated music, dance, theater, visual, and literary arts programs; and in Beyond the Classroom, a three-year sequence that takes students into the field and beyond traditional classroom walls to develop life and leadership skills, and to serve the greater community. Our college counselors are recognized by the nation’s college admissions officers as among the most knowledgeable and well-connected in their field and our students benefit by making well-informed choices that represent their best college fit. Most important to us, our graduates head out into the world as good people, fueled by passion, guided by values, and dedicated to making the world a better place.
The Rewards of Rigor
The Upper School curriculum is both extensive and rigorous. Advanced Placement courses, for example, are offered in 16 test areas, and Advanced Topics or honors classes are offered in most subject areas. Electives enrich core subject areas and allow students to explore their passion, whether in robotics or choreography. Teachers value their students, and students get the support they need to do well in the classroom and in every other area of school life. Because excelling is considered cool at Rowland Hall, students feel inclined to stretch themselves. Meeting high academic expectations and personal standards prepares students exceedingly well for college and for life.
The Upper School’s one-to-one Mac laptop program enhances project-based, authentic learning that addresses higher-order thinking skills in a media-rich environment. While building expertise for the future, our students, for whom digital is a native language, are highly engaged in their studies and wired to their school community and the world.
Service as Mission
Upper School students are engaged in their community through service learning tied to the curriculum, the annual Half Day of Service, the fall food drive, and extracurricular service clubs. Whether using their world language skills to assist recently resettled refugees, lobbying for a bill at the Utah Legislature, or helping a senior citizen complete her income taxes, students see how their classrooms skills and discussions have real-world applications. Upper School students take pride in surpassing their annual goal for the fall food drive, where the only prize is the satisfaction in knowing that they helped feed families in the community. Student-led service clubs such as Amnesty International, the Environs Club, Interact, and foreign-language clubs constantly seek and sponsor service-oriented projects that are open to all Upper School students.
Student Council and More
Community service is just one of many outside-of-class outlets for students wanting to get involved, pursue a passion, and have fun. Others include the school musical and plays, dance and music concerts, Interim and interdisciplinary trips, student council, and clubs. Students discover that the more they do the more they can do. The “I don’t have enough time” excuse gets replaced by, “Let’s do it!”
Winged Lion Athletics
Director of Athletics Kendra Tomsic wants to help Rowland Hall students learn valuable lessons through sports. “They’ll have wins and losses in life, but how they handle those reveals character, shows who they really are,” she said. Rowland Hall student-athletes have demonstrated winning ways over the years. Winged Lion teams consistently win championships in 16 sports, our athletes are frequently awarded All-State and All-Region honors, and our student body is continually recognized for good sportsmanship in the stands.
Off to College
Virtually all students who graduate from Rowland Hall attend college or university at a four-year institution. In 2017, 77% of Rowland Hall graduates were offered merit scholarships by colleges and universities around the US. Each year, the list of colleges selected by Rowland Hall graduates is long and diverse, thanks to our college counseling office’s match-driven, student-centered college selection philosophy. Top colleges’ and universities’ names invariably dot the list.