St. Mary’s High School’s Diploma Program is open to qualifying I-20 students. This program’s intent is to prepare and place international students into the American college of their choice upon high school graduation.

Former Diploma Program international students who have graduated from St. Mary’s have been accepted and received college scholarships to college of their choice from the east to west coast. Colleges include: Creighton University, University of Oklahoma, University of Pennsylvania, University of Denver, Iowa State University, Indiana University, St. John’s University, NYU, Michigan State University, University of Portland, Gonzaga University, and San Francisco State University to name a few.


St. Mary’s provides an opportunity to graduate from an American high school by fulfilling all SMHS graduation requirements. The SMHS Counseling Program begins in a student’s freshman year to help students identify and investigate colleges. Each year the process intensifies as students visit with college representatives and work through the college application process. The goal is for the student to select a college that fits his/her individual goals.

For information on tuition and fees, please contact Robyn Cross, international program director, at rcross@smhscs.org. St. Mary’s will work with the international agency to determine needed tuition assistance. *NOTE: Application/registration fee must be paid before an I-20 is created.


St. Mary’s does provide the I-20 required for F-1 visas for qualified international students. Providing personalized attention throughout the application process,St. Mary’s works directly with a family or agency. A live interview (via SKYPE or Facetime) provides both student and staff a chance to meet one another. Upon acceptance, a registration fee will need to be paid before an I-20 can be created. Once created, the I-20 will be mailed (via Fed-Ex) to the student’s home address or representative international agency.

No outside agency is required but recommended for families not familiar with the area. International students who choose to attend St. Mary’s will live with a host family during their stay.A local coordinator regularly checks on the students and host families and provides outside opportunities for cultural experiences. There is a host family fee ($650/month) and a local coordinator fee $1500/year. Fees are paid directly to the LOCAL COORDINATOR and HOST FAMILY.

A LOCAL COORDINATOR is REQUIRED when the school is contacted to find a host family. Agencies may provide their own local coordinator and their fee is included in the agency’s contract.