Harding Academy is pleased to accept applications from international students entering grades 8–12. Harding’s International Student Program (ISP) not only provides our students with enhanced global perspectives, but also allows our student body to experience more fully the ethnically and culturally diverse world that God has created. ISP students are students whose primary residence prior to enrolling at Harding Academy was outside the United States and/or students who speak limited English.
A. Complete an online application.
Though our application is online, families outside the USA may have difficulties submitting this form because of credit card processing issues. Please try first to submit online; but if you experience difficulties submitting the online version, we suggest that you complete the online application, print a copy, and then scan and e-mail the printed application to email@example.com. The application fee can be paid at a later time.
B. Send all of the following items to the Harding Admissions Office as soon as possible:
- Must provide birth certificate in the student's native language and in English.
- Complete transcripts, including your current year test scores and any other academic credentials. All documents must come to Harding both in the original language as well as an official English translated version. Transcripts and teacher recommendations should be sent directly from the applicant’s current school to Harding Academy’s admissions office if possible.
- A grading key explaining the interpretation of the grading system on the transcript.
- Teacher recommendations in both mathematics and science. If these are not in English, please submit two copies: the original and another translated into English.
- One personal recommendation from another adult mentor, such as a counselor, religious leader, music instructor, or athletic coach.
C. Complete an Interview
ISP applicants and parents or guardians will be required to have a SKYPE interview with our admissions director, Alanna Mizell. You may schedule your interview by contacting the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 767-4494.
How We Support ISP Students
+ Immediate English Support
+ Grade Placement
+ Harding ISP Coordinator
+ ISP Suppport Class
+ Host Family
Because English is the primary language spoken by each of our Harding Host Families, ISP students will experience full English language immersion. Each Harding Host Family household member who is 18 years or older must undergo and pass a criminal background check. Harding Host Families will provide ISP students with a family environment, a private room, access to all common areas of the home, food within the home (not to include school lunches), transportation to and from school, age-appropriate extracurricular activities, and church. Harding Host Families will help ISP students obtain Harding Academy required uniforms prior to the start of school, but the cost of the uniforms, as well as the cost of all clothing for ISP students, is the responsibility of the student’s parents or guardians. Harding's required uniform vendor is Parker School Uniforms: code 7138.
Harding Host Families will NOT be responsible for providing clothing, spending money or money for extracurricular activities, youth group activities, or entertainment unless specific arrangements are made between the families. Arrangements regarding holiday schedules and payment for food and board are solely between the ISP student’s parents or guardians ($1,250 per month is suggested for room, board, and transportation). It is understood that ISP students will return home during the summer break, and a return trip home during the Christmas Break to be with family, if possible, is strongly encouraged. However, room, board, and travel arrangements are to be discussed and agreed upon by the Harding Host family and the ISP student’s parents or guardians and are not dictated by the school.
ISP Fee Structure
For the 2016–17 school year, there will be an ISP fee of $4,995 in addition to the specific tuition and fees for the ISP student’s grade. The 2016–17 ISP Support class fee will be $2,995. ISP students will be responsible for the ISP fee each year they attend Harding Academy, but will be responsible for the ISP Support Class fee only for the years they are enrolled in ISP Support.
Payment of the full year’s tuition and fees must be received two weeks prior to the first day of classes, in addition to a $1,500 student account deposit that will be used throughout the year to cover school lunch in the cafeteria, sports or extracurricular fees, class dues, class trips, school events, and similar activities. An additional deposit will be required if the ISP student’s student account deposit is depleted before the end of the school year. However, any portion of the student account deposit that is not used during the year will be held over for the following school year or returned at the request of the ISP student’s family.
ISP students are required to provide their own laptops with specific translation software. Harding will issue each student an iPad that is covered in the general student technology fee.
Previously Enrolled International Students
ISP students who attended Harding Academy for the 2014–15 school year will be grandfathered into the ISP program and the ISP fee will not be added their tuition. However, they will enjoy the full benefit and support of the ISP coordinator. In addition, 2014–15 ISP students will be allowed, with business office approval, to pay their accounts as previously arranged and will not be required to make an ISP student account deposit or live with a Harding Host family.
Application Acceptance and Final Steps for Enrollment
Once an ISP student application and interview are complete, the ISP student’s file will go before the Admissions Committee. Should a student be accepted for admission to Harding Academy, the I-20 document will be created and sent by e-mail to the applicant for review. Once approved, the I-20 and the enrollment contract will be mailed to a local address if one has been provided. Otherwise, the enrollment packet will be mailed to the applicant’s overseas address. A signed contract and $1,500 deposit must be received within two weeks of communication of the acceptance decision to secure the ISP student’s position as a Harding Academy student. The $1,500 deposit is non-refundable but will be credited toward the ISP student’s account deposit (see above) once the student’s full tuition and fees have been paid.
Upon arrival to Memphis, each international student must provide a copy of his or her passport and stamped I-20 to the Harding Academy admissions office.