The Global Challenge
In today’s global economy, the international emphasis is the interconnected world. The best way to succeed in the fast pace of change is to get an international education. As a student at Western Christian High School, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and insights that will make you competitive in your choices for colleges and universities.
Every day, you will have many opportunities to learn about the American culture in Southern California. Multiple experiences abound in the application of the English language through art, music, literature, religion, science, business and politics. Most important, you will be able to learn about your own abilities and potential.
If meeting exciting challenges in a new country and learning the fine points of the American culture is appealing to you, then it is time for you to attend Western Christian High School in Upland, California, less than 30 miles east of Los Angeles.
A Legacy of Excellence
Established in 1920, Western Christian High School is a private, non-denominational and fully accredited high school. WCHS provides an excellent education for students living in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County, California, and students from all around the world. With a total enrollment of less than 500 students, we are able to keep our teacher to student ratio low.
Western Christian High School has the reputation of being a safe, balanced, inclusive school that values quality education for every student. Each year, these strong characteristics result in 97% of our graduating students being accepted into universities and colleges all over the United States of America.
Our international students have the opportunity to participate in many activities that will dramatically enhance their university applications as well as provide occasions for making special friendships. Students are encouraged to be active in competitive team sports for boys and girls, participate in school clubs (photography, drama, music, community service) or serve in student government.
Fluency in the English language, knowledge of the American culture, increased maturity, enhanced opportunities for the future, and lifelong friendships are just some of the benefits of attending our Western Christian High School international ESL program
Host Family Experience
An added benefit for your study abroad program is a possible home-stay experience. You may choose to live with a carefully selected host family who will provide you room, board, and loving care. In addition to your specific educational focus, you will be able to develop cross-cultural skills and learn first-hand about the American culture by living with a host family that will welcome you into their home.
Your Educational Choice
Our ESL students are coming to Western Christian High School from countries worldwide. Most of our international students have the priority of being accepted into an excellent American university or college. If you are a serious student, then you should be able to enter the undergraduate program of your choice. We offer the following programs for your preparation.
- College Preparation Program—Our college preparation program is based upon the University of California and the California State University academic requirements. Your transcript needs will be assessed to ensure that you will receive the necessary academic classes. Encouragement and assistance will be provided for the TOEFL, SAT and/or ACT testing.
- WCHS Summer & Winter Programs—During each term, our international students are offered specialized instruction in ESL conversation and writing skills. Summer and winter programs vary in length from three to six weeks.
- College Credit Program—Advanced Placement (AP) classes are available to our international students. These classes receive college credit upon the successful testing at the end of the school term. This allows our students to receive university/college credits while they are attending high school.
- A student must be high school age, 14 to 19 years old.
- Your academic grade point average (GPA) must be 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for the school year programs and 2.0 or above for the summer and winter programs.
- Students need to demonstrate qualities that are essential to intercultural adjustment such as flexibility, open-mindedness, curiosity, tolerance for personal error, and a sense of humor.
- An ability to adapt to an unfamiliar environment is necessary.