International Students

The International Students Program

International Students (both F-1 and J-1 visas), grades 9-10, who are prepared to mainstream into regular classes, are welcome to apply for admission to Orange Lutheran High School. This opportunity allows students to study and acquire an American education from a top private high school in Southern California. Orange Lutheran issues I-20 status to students who meet all general admission requirements and who are willing to live with a host family during their stay. Orange Lutheran offers college preparatory academics, including 19 Advanced Placement and 20 Honors courses, and a well-rounded approach to education, including athletics, arts, and music. In addition to these opportunities, international students also have the opportunity to take our English Language Development course. The ELD course is designed to help second-language students effectively use English in all areas, but especially in their academic courses. Class instruction focuses on English in the four basic communication skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The ELD class also includes a support component where students receive help and guidance in completing written and oral assignments from their other classes.

OLu does not establish any exclusive relationship with agencies for the application process. Students are expected to submit their application materials with a parent or guardian.

International Students FAQ

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • How many international students attend Orange Lutheran?

    There are approximately 60 international students attending Orange Lutheran High School. The total school enrollment is approximately 1,300 students.
  • What are the admission requirements for international students?

    International students must complete and submit an online application, conduct an interview with the Orange Lutheran Admissions department via Skype or in person, and send a copy of one of the approved tests to show English Language Proficiency. See document below for a list of approved tests and the minimum scores required. 
  • Does the Admissions department arrange the host families for international students?

    No, Admissions does not arrange the host families. However, Admissions has resources available for those seeking a host family, so should an international student need contact information, they can contact Admissions.
  • What is the ELD course?

    The ELD course is English Language Development. It is required for all first year international students and is designed to help them use the English language effectively in all areas of study. It focuses on four basic communication skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • When are the I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status) forms issued?

    I-20 forms are typically issued in May and June, once all necessary documents have been received and processed by the Admissions department.
  • What is Diffusion?

    Diffusion is an international student organization that meets once a month with current international students, as well as any US/domestic students involved with the club. Meetings include holiday celebrations and various fun activities, as well as discussions revolving around academics, tutoring, college, cultures, and adjusting to a new environment, among others. Diffusion also has several guest speakers come to meetings during the school year, including international academic advisers, college admissions representatives, and international students from other schools that come to share their experiences. Anywhere from 20 to 50 students typically show up at each meeting.

Talk to Us

Julie Ormsbee

International Student Counselor
714-998-5151 x688
OLu provided the background for relationships that matter, relationships that were rooted in Christ and Christ's calling.

Elizabeth Heim '99

Find Us

2222 N. Santiago Blvd.
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 998-5151

Who We Are

Founded in 1973, Orange Lutheran High School, is a comprehensive private Christian co-educational college preparatory high school, grades 9-12, that exists to help students internalize the gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus. The culture and climate of Orange Lutheran is based on caring relationships that strengthen our community as a Lancer Family. High standards of excellence coupled with a warm, energetic atmosphere create a safe, nurturing environment where students can thrive, as they discover and develop their unique gifts, talents, and passions.