The Application Process in 3 Easy Steps

VISIT – Our Admissions Director will give your family a tour of Woodside and answer your questions. Then you’ll ‘shadow’ Woodside students to experience a typical day and see how the school works.


APPLY – Submit your application ONLINE (preferred) or by mail. Upload your school and official records electronically or have your school forward them to us.


INTERVIEW – After your application is received, we will arrange an Admissions Interview. Application materials for international students should be complete before we will arrange your Admissions Interview in person or via Skype.



  • Tour the school with your Parent/Guardian
  • Schedule your Shadow Day to attend classes, meet students and faculty, and experience the Woodside family


  • Review the application process
  • Apply online (preferred) or by mail
  • Submit your student records and application fee
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  • Student Interview with the Admissions Director
  • Review academic expectations
  • Parents/Guardians discuss tuition and need-based financial aid

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Applying To Woodside International School

1) Arrange to visit the school and participate in a student shadow day

If you are not familiar with Woodside International School, you will want to schedule a meeting with our Admissions Director to visit the school and to spend time with current students as they attend classes and work together on academic projects. We will be able to answer all your Admission questions during this visit. Students or parents who cannot visit the school in person (e.g. overseas applicants) should schedule an online meeting with our Director of Admissions, by sending an email to

2) Review the application requirements

Please read through this page prior to starting your application and carefully review all requirements. You will not be able to save your form and continue later, so you’ll want to  have all your information ready before getting started. The application should take 10-15 minutes. The Priority Application Deadline is January 16, 2017. Applications received after that date are reviewed on a rolling basis. If you are interested in mid-year admission to Woodside International School, please contact the office to check for availability.

3) Review tuition requirements and financial aid opportunities

Tuition at Woodside for the 2016/17 academic year is $27,900 per year. Payment options are available, and we offer a few need-based financial aid packages each year. Click here to read about tuition and financial aid or you may contact us with your questions. The Financial Aid Application Deadline is January 31, 2017.

4) Have the application fee ready

The online application form requires a $100 payment using Visa, Master Card or PayPal. Please have your form of payment ready before starting.

5) Complete the online Application 

After you have thoroughly reviewed the application requirements and collected all the necessary information, click the blue APPLY NOW button at the top of this page. Have the following information ready to enter:

  • Name and contact information for the student;
  • Name and contact information for the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s);
  • Name and contact information for the student’s current/previous schools;
  • Name and contact information for the student’s emergency contacts.

You will also be asked to upload the following official documents. If you don’t have all documents available at the time of submitting the online application, you can submit them once they are available. A follow up letter will be sent with instructions on how to submit these documents later. However, the student will not be interviewed for admission until all required documents have been received.

  • At least two (2), and preferably four (4), semesters of transcripts for your most recent academic enrollment (in English);
  • Test scores;
  • At least one letter of recommendation (preferably from a School Principal, in English);
  • Student immunization record (Immunization Requirements);
  • Copy of the student’s passport, ID card, or birth certificate with photo;
  • Bank record indicating ability to pay tuition (overseas students only).

The student and their parent or legal guardian will be asked to sign the form using an on-screen e-Signature. This is a legal signature.

6) Supply student records and official documents

If they weren’t supplied during the initial application process, required official documents such as transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation may be submitted here:

Submit a Student Recommendation

7) Offline application

We strongly prefer that you apply using our online forms, as submitting documents by mail slows down the application and admissions process. However, if you require an offline paper application, please contact our Admissions Director, by sending an email to

8) Schedule an Admissions interview

We will contact you to schedule the Admissions interview upon receipt of a complete application (with all supporting documents). A student’s application will not be considered complete until we have received his or her school records for the current and previous year.

9) Admissions decision notifications sent  – March 12, 2017 (for Fall enrollment)

10) Enrollment agreement contracts due – March 20, 2017 (for Fall enrollment)

11) Special instructions for international students

International students should follow the same general procedures as U.S.-based applicants. However, there are a few questions on the application form specifically for international students:

  • Identify a representative living in the U.S. who can serve as a point of contact for our Admissions team;
  • Specify your country of citizenship;
  • Specify whether you will require an F1 student visa;
  • Provide proof of ability to pay tuition in the form of a current bank statement;
  • Provide English translations of official records.

International students who are accepted will need to obtain an F-1 student visa to attend Woodside.

  • After being offered admission to Woodside, the prospective international student will pay a non-refundable International Student Fee of $4000 to Woodside International School. Woodside will provide the student with a completed Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility of Nonimmigrant Student Status;
  • The student will use the I-20 form to complete their SEVIS I-901 form at the U.S. Customs and Immigration website. Read here about this process. The student’s family is responsible for completing all requirements to obtain the visa.
  • Before you ask the school to prepare a Form I-20, it is important that you inquire about applying for a student visa from your local U.S. Embassy, Consulate, or Immigration Office. You should verify the requirements to obtain a student visa, and ask how easy or difficult the process is.

As soon as the student is granted a visa, he or she must notify Woodside and pay the school registration fee, Wildshaw Foundation contribution, and the first tuition payment. International students may use Plan A or B of the tuition schedule (click here for more information about tuition). Once tuition and fees have been paid and a place in the school has been confirmed, the student will be in compliance with U.S. immigration policy.

If your visa is denied, the school will refund $3400 of the $4000 International Student Fee provided the student complies with all of the following requirements:

  1. Return the original I-20 to the school;
  2. Show proof of denial from U.S. Immigration;
  3. Write a letter to the school requesting the refund;
  4. Present these materials within 3 months of the date of issue on the I-20 Form.

Please note that the school keeps a portion from your original payment as a processing charge. The school makes no refund of any other payments, including tuition. Refunds are usually made within 30 days of receipt of the materials listed above.

*All students are required to have health insurance during their stay in the U.S. International students admitted to Woodside must provide proof of international health insurance before enrolling. For more information on international student insurance, you may visit the following companies where some of our international students have obtained insurance for the U.S.


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