International Students

This information is provided for international students and school placement agents. The following questions and answers provide awareness as to the admissions process and requirements for international students.

What is the definition of an international student?

Detroit Country Day School only considers students who have or will be establishing residency in the United States and will be living with legal guardians who are responsible for the welfare of the student on a 24/7 basis. Typically, students who come to the United States and apply to Detroit Country Day School, are children of relocated families who plan to attend our school for an extended period of time.

Is Detroit Country Day a boarding school or does it have a home-placement program?

No, the school does not have a residency or home-placement program.

What are the requirements of the admissions process?

  1. Legal guardian contacts the DCDS admissions department.
  2. Candidate then takes the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE). Candidates can register to take this test at international ISEE centers.
  3. The candidate and legal guardian complete the forms in the admissions portfolio containing:
    • Parent Fact Sheet (completed by legal guardian)
    • Candidate Fact Sheet (completed by candidate)
    • Legal guardian(s) submits request to candidate's current school for candidate's official school transcript and report card, with translation of teacher comments
    • Legal guardian(s) submits request to candidate's current school for letters of recommendation from candidate's English and mathematics teachers
    • Principal of the candidate's current school provides letter of recommendation
    • Letters from other sources can be provided to demonstrate candidate's talents
  4. Candidate and legal guardian(s) participate in personal interview once admissions portfolio is complete.
  5. Detroit Country Day School notifies legal guardian(s) of admissibility

What is SEVIS and SEVP? What should I know about it?

All student applicants must have a SEVIS Student and Exchange Visitor Information Service generated I-20 issued by an educational institution approved by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which they submit when they are applying for their student visa. SEVP stands for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program and differs from the SEVIS. The consular officer will need to verify your I-20 record electronically through the SEVIS system in order to process your student visa application. Unless otherwise exempt, participants whose SEVIS I-20 was issued on or after September 1, 2004, must pay a SEVIS I-901 Fee to the DHS for each individual program. The fee may be paid either through a special website, via Western Union or by mail. Click here for information on the SEVIS-901 fee.

For further clarification on SEVIS, visit the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.

Will Detroit Country Day School provide a student application with an I-20 student visa?

The application for an I-20 status is initiated by Detroit Country Day School only after the student has applied, has complied with all admission requirements, has been admitted to the school and the legal guardians have signed the school contract.

Does Detroit Country Day School have an English as a Second Language Program (ESL) and/or an English Language Learner Program (ELL)

No. All students who apply must have a command of the English language in respect to reading/listening comprehension, speaking and writing.

Does Detroit Country Day School administer or accept the TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language?

No. Detroit Country Day administers its own entrance examinations which, at this time, are the Educational Records Bureau Testing Program and Otis-Lennon.