International Student Program

We partner with organizations such as US Education Without Borders to host students in Grades 9-12, who may apply to attend and earn a high school diploma while experiencing a Christ-centered educational opportunity in the United States.

Our International Student Program creates the opportunity for students from other countries to receive quality, Christian education to prepare them for post-secondary success.  Students live with carefully selected home-stay families during their time at DMCS. The international student program provides a valuable learning experience for DMCS students as well in fulfilling the mission of impacting the world for Christ by bringing the world and various cultures to DMCS.

Des Moines Christian High School offers a variety of college preparatory courses including AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Literature, and AP U.S. History.  In addition, the school partners with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) to provide college classes on the DMCS campus allowing students to earn both college and high school graduation credit.  These college credits are transferable to the regent colleges/universities within the State of Iowa.  The dual credit offerings include Composition I, Composition II, and Creative Writing.  Additional courses such as Statistics and Art will be offered in the fall of 2016.  DMCS also offers a plethora of elective courses including, but not limited to, Vocal & Instrumental Music, Spanish, Computer Graphics, Personal Finance, Psychology, Sociology, and Introduction to Business.  Review the current course guide.

International students are encouraged to be involved in extra-curricular activities at Des Moines Christian School to build community with the students and families.  Extra-curricular options include Yearbook, Drama, Student Council, Marching Band, Pep Band, Victory Singers, Show Choir, Football, Cross-Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Track, Cheerleading, Softball, and Baseball.  DMCS families are selected as host families to offer a Christian home to international students as they experience the life of a typical teenager in the United States and build relationships.  Many host families have children in Elementary, Middle School, or High School or may have children who are alumni of DMCS.

Des Moines Christian School is nestled in the metro area of Des Moines, Iowa and holds many opportunities for international students to experience opportunities for art, theater, sporting events, and museums.  Located in Central Iowa, students are able to easily visit surrounding areas such as Omaha, NE, Kansas City, MO, and Minneapolis, MN with a weekend trip to additional, rich cultural experiences.

Steps to Admission

Des Moines Christian international admissions are open from April - August each year.  Early applications are encouraged due to limited space in some grade levels.

To join the DMCS family, follow these steps for admission:

  1. Submit an International Student Application.
  2. School personnel will contact you to schedule either an in-person or Skype interview for an initial language assessment.  DMCS is not certified with the Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs as an English as a Second Language institution.  Students must meet an English proficiency standard to be enrolled.
  3. Submit remaining paperwork.
    - Scores from an English proficiency test, which may include:
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 
    TOEFL Junior
    International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP)
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (SLEP is no longer accepted)
    - School transcripts with A, B, C, D style grades.
    - Two teacher reference letters (including one from an English Teacher).
    - A writing sample
  4. Upon acceptance at Des Moines Christian School, the student will receive an emailed acceptance letter and enrollment contract.  
  5. Once a signed contract and payment are received, DMCS will send an acceptance packet, which includes a hard copy of the acceptance letter, the I-20 form, and Visa application instructions.
  6. After receiving the Visa, the student should begin making travel arrangements to the United States.
  7. Upon acceptance into the program, a host family will be arranged for the student.  The student should Skype or email the host family to become acquainted with them.
  8. Prior to arrival in the United States, the student must submit scanned copies of the remaining forms.  Please keep original copies when traveling to the U.S.