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Applications Closed for 2017–2018

Applications for admission to Principia for the 2018–2019 school year will be available October 2017. The application deadline is February 1, 2018.

Principia Upper School welcomes qualified young Christian Scientists from around the world. Studying in a new country and culture can be both exciting and challenging. Our guidelines help ensure it is a productive experience for each international student and for Principia. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our Admissions Office at 314.434.2100, ext. 3361 or schooladmissions@principia.edu.

If you meet the following criteria, we would love to hear from you!
  • You are interested in obtaining a high school diploma. (We do not offer one-year enrichment or “exchange” type programs.)
  • You will not turn age 19 prior to July 1 preceding your senior year. (The school year begins in late August.)
  • You regularly attend a Christian Science Sunday School in your home country.
  • You have a sincere desire to progress in your understanding and application of Christian Science.
  • At least one of your parents is a member of a local Christian Science branch church and is committed to relying on Christian Science to meet your physical needs.
  • You are proficient in English and have achieved a minimum score of 59 on the Internet-based TOEFL test. (If you need to complete this exam, you must register at http://www.ets.org/toefl. Principia's school code is 1964.)
  • You have a 2.3 GPA or higher in your core academic courses.
Testing, financial, legal, and other factors

To meet United States' government regulations as well as Principia Upper School’s academic and other requirements, international students and their families should be aware:

  • During the application process, each student’s family will incur expenses related to taking the TOEFL English-language test and fulfilling U.S. visa requirements (including a TB test, visa application, interview, etc.)
  • Transportation between your home and Principia is the responsibility of the student’s family.
  • Although Principia offers financial aid to qualified students, this amount may not entirely cover the cost of tuition, room, and board—and a student’s family is responsible for payment of the balance.
  • All students need funds for personal items, school supplies, school uniform and casual clothing, and occasional social activities. Principia cannot and does not cover such costs.
  • Be sure to submit a financial aid application and supporting documents at the same time as the admissions application.
Online Application
  • Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017–2018 academic year. Applications for the 2018–2019 academic year will be available in October 2017, and Principia must receive a completed application and all documentation and references by February 1, 2018.
Official Documentation
  • If the Admissions Committee reviews your application and determines that you are eligible to attend Principia School, you and your family must supply the following:
               o    Copy of passport
               o    Official results of TB test         
               o    Student’s plans for winter, spring, and summer breaks
               o    Health insurance selection
  • Your family must show the ability to cover all expenses while you are at Principia.  
  • You must send us copies of official transcripts (grade reports) from your school.               
U.S. Visa Application
  • Principia will provide Form I-20, which you will need to take to the United State embassy or consulate with other documentation to apply for an F-1 student visa.
Acceptance and Registration
  • Your family should send Admissions a copy of your student F-1 visa once you obtain it.
  • Admissions will post online a letter of acceptance to your family with directions for completing registration forms.