F1 International Student Program
International Leadership of Texas (ILTexas) Private High School Garland is an accredited school located on our ILTexas high school campus in Garland. We are certified to issue I-20s for international students in grades 9-12 who would like to study on a F-1 student visa in the United States. Our objective is for our international students to experience a high-quality education, graduate with an American high school diploma, and be prepared to succeed in a top university in the United States.
The international private school students and the public charter school students study the same curriculum in the same classrooms. The result provides a diverse, intercultural environment, in which both American and international students can learn and grow together, forming lifelong bonds and global friendships.
The mission of ILTexas is to prepare students for exceptional leadership roles in the international community by emphasizing servant leadership, mastering the English, Spanish, and Chinese languages, and strengthening the mind, body, and character.
La misión de ILTexas es preparar a nuestros alumnos para roles de liderazgo excepcionales en la comunidad internacional, haciendo hincapié en el liderazgo de servicio, el dominio de los idiomas inglés, español y chino, y el fortalecimiento de mente, cuerpo y carácter.
德克萨斯州国际领袖学校旨在于培养学生在国际社会中卓越的领导才能。 我们强调学生在熟练掌握英语，西班牙语和中文的前提下 加强奉献式的领导精神及身体，头脑和品德的锻炼。
“Accredited by SACS and AdvancED” and “Ranked in top 30% Best High Schools in US by US News & World Report”
The curriculum at ILTexas Private High School is aligned with that of our public charter high school which follows Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS).
Each student is scheduled to take 10 classes per year. Eight classes are part of the core courses, and two of the classes are electives.
8 Core Courses: (1) Math, (2) Science, (3) Reading Language Arts/English, (4) Social Studies, (5) Mandarin Chinese, (6) Spanish, (7) Athletic Conditioning, (8) Leadership.
Robotics, Computer Programming, AP Computer Science Principles, Digital Media
Beginner Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Guitar, Choir
(One required for graduation) Art, Theatre Arts, Dance, Dance Team
Graphic Design, Humanities, Debate, Speech, Creative Writing, Journalism
To further enhance our core curriculum, ILTexas also offers AP courses at the high school level. AP courses currently offered include:
AP English Literature
AP English Language
AP Chinese Language
AP Spanish Language & Culture
AP Spanish Literature & Culture
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Environmental Systems
AP World History
AP Human Geography
AP US History
Dual credit is a program in which a high school student enrolls in a college course and simultaneously earns college credit and high school credit. This program helps students in making their transition to the collegiate campus smoother and affords them the opportunity to graduate with an associate’s degree and a high school diploma.
English as a Second Language (ESL): In order to provide support for our international students while they adjust to a new language of instruction, ESL classes are offered during the school day and may be required depending on the student’s English level. These ESL classes are included in normal tuition and fees. For students requiring more intensive ESL support, additional fees may occur.
Character Education: Students learn the following character traits in their Athletics, Leadership, and other classes, as well as through their OTHERS BEFORE SELF Service Learning Project:
Justice Judgment Decisiveness Integrity Dependability Tact Initiative
Endurance Bearing Unselfishness Courage Knowledge Loyalty Enthusiasm
Junior World Affairs Council
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)
Go (Board Game) Club,
Robotics and Info Tech Club
National Honor Society
Texas Elites (Dance)
Academic World Quest
Global Young Leaders
Model United Nations
123-Accion, Exit Band
Chinese Calligraphy Club
Trading Card Game Club
Electronic Sports Club
Track & Field
Any student can apply to start a new club as long as there is sufficient interest among the student body and a teacher willing to be the sponsor.
*Athletic teams and/or clubs may be subject to change depending on the academic year.
ILTexas Students participate in Blood Drive Donation.
ILTexas students are required to complete 15 service hours for each year they attend ILTexas.
”Others Before Self” Service Learning Project
Every year, each grade level carries out a student-led service learning project. With minimal help from teachers, the students are responsible for completing the entire process. From initial brainstorming to researching and choosing a project idea, students plan, organize, and complete the project. Past service projects have included volunteering at local missions, collecting and donating items for those in need, and raising Childhood Cancer awareness by writing to the MLB and NFL to “Go Gold” in the month of September.
Others Before Self – 先人后己 – Otros Antes De Uno Mismo
In order to help our international students adjust to American culture and life, to encourage our local students to learn more about foreign culture and life, and to help build long-lasting, cross-cultural friendships, each international student is paired with a local student. The two students act as mentors to each other as they get to know one another and learn about a different language and culture. Regular activities, ranging from pizza parties to overnight trips to visit college campuses, are planned to encourage this interaction.
Academic Success Program (ASP Dallas) is a Texas non-profit college access program that provides comprehensive college counseling services to ILTexas students. They work individually with students to identify the best fit as they continue on their path to higher education—be that an Ivy League school, a public state university, or a local community college. This holistic approach delivers results. ASP Dallas Scholars have been accepted to schools including: Harvard, UPenn, Dartmouth, Columbia, Bates, Babson, Bowdoin, Wellesley, Tulane, SMU, and all of the Texas colleges and universities. ASP Dallas students have also been awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship and Dell Scholarship.
Our international students go on overnight trips to visit college campuses both in Texas and in other states. College representatives also come to campus to visit ILTexas and talk to our students. The schools that have visited range from community colleges to Ivy League schools, including Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Kalamazoo, Emory, Northwestern, Babson, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Olaf, Davidson, USC, Texas A&M, SUNY Cortland, and UNT Dallas.
Boarding School Students
Total Tuition & Fees for an Academic Year - International students (enrolling in Fall): $40,000 USD
Tuition & Fees if beginning enrollment in Spring Semester: $20,000 USD
Room and Board (all meals)
Textbooks (including Dual Credit textbooks)
Annual Trip (e.g. US History trip to NYC, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Memphis)
Day School Students
Total Tuition & Fees for an Academic Year - International students (enrolling in Fall): $29,000 USD
Tuition & Fees if beginning enrollment in Spring Semester: $14,500 USD
Textbooks (including Dual Credit textbooks)
Annual Trip (e.g. US History trip to NYC, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Memphis)
During the school year, all international F1 students at ILTexas have the option to live on-campus in the student apartments or to live off-campus with a host family. The apartments are closed over summer break.
Students are housed in apartment-style dormitories, complete with wifi, kitchen, dining room, living room, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms in each apartment unit. Each bedroom houses two students for a total of six students in each apartment. Kitchens are outfitted with a refrigerator and microwave, but no oven or stove for safety reasons. If students so desire, they may purchase their own counter-top burners, rice cookers, and/or electric kettles.
The apartment complex is divided into boys’ and girls’ dormitory buildings. Male and female students are not allowed into apartments of the opposite sex but can convene in the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is the main gathering area in the dorms. It is furnished with couches, big screen TVs, a foosball table, a ping-pong table, a pool table, and board games for students to enjoy. Adjacent to the Welcome Center are the boys’ and girls’ laundry rooms. Washers and dryers are available for the students to use free of charge.
Students are responsible for cleaning their own apartments, and dorm inspections are made weekly by dorm administrators and staff.
Our Director of International Students and Resident Advisors (RAs) live in the dorms and are there to assist the students with anything from schoolwork to a doctor’s visit.
The on-campus student apartments are located in a very safe area. To further improve the safety of our students, entry into the complex requires a key card, and a security guard is on duty 24/7 any time the students are at the dorms. The dormitory complex is also equipped with almost 50 security cameras.
Students are allowed to leave campus in groups of 2 or more with permission from the Resident Advisor (RA) on duty. The area around the apartments is very convenient. There is a Tom Thumb grocery store, a Chase Bank, and a Starbucks located directly across the street.
All meals are provided for international students, and the cost is included in tuition and fees for boarding school students. Professional chefs are hired to prepare all meals for our international students. Our chefs prepare a variety of dishes—from local Texas cuisine to authentic Chinese (cooked by a Chinese chef). Meals not provided by our cafeteria or chefs are usually ordered in from restaurants in the area. Any food allergies or restrictions should be communicated to the Director of International Students so that our chefs can make accommodations.
*Should students choose to eat something other than what is provided, they are responsible for purchasing and paying for the food themselves.
Q: Where is ILTexas located?
A: International students attend class on the ILTexas Garland High School campus, which is located at 4413 N Shiloh Rd, Garland, TX 75044.
Garland is a suburb of Dallas, Texas, and is located in the northeastern part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Q: Is ILTexas a public or private school?
A: For our local students, ILTexas is a public charter school. However, US law restricts F1 students at public schools to one year of study.
No such restriction exists for private school F1 students. Therefore, our international students attend our private school within our ILTexas Garland High School (a public charter school) campus. Private school students share the same classes, teachers, classrooms, etc. with their public school classmates and attend class together with them. This not only allows for an intercultural learning environment but also allows our international students to study here for their entire high school career.
Q: Can ILTexas issue I-20s for F1 visas?
A: Yes, ILTexas Private High School Garland is certified by SEVP to issue I-20s for F1 visas.
Our private school students go to school on the ILTexas Garland High School public school campus, but the public school campus itself does not issue I-20s. Any inquiries about F1 visas should be made to email@example.com.
Q: Do you accept international F1 students at your other campuses?
A: No. Currently, we are only authorized to host international F1 students at our Garland high school campus.
We are currently working on allowing F1 students attend our other campuses, and we will update our website when this is a possibility.
Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?
A: We enroll international students in grades 9 through 12.
Q: How many students are enrolled at ILTexas?
A: There are approximately 20,000 students enrolled in the ILTexas public charter school district.
There are over 650 students enrolled at ILTexas Garland High School. Of those students at ILTexas Garland High School, there are 46 international students enrolled at ILTexas Private High School Garland.
Q: How many international students are enrolled at ILTexas?
A: There are currently 46 international students at ILTexas Private High School Garland.
Q: What is the classroom size?
A: There are usually between 20-26 students per class, with a maximum of 26.
Q: What AP courses does ILTexas offer?
A: AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP Chinese Language, AP Spanish Language & Culture, AP Spanish Literature & Culture, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Systems, AP Physics, AP World History, AP Human Geography, AP US History, AP Economics/Government (this list may be subject to change based on the academic year)
Q: What is dual credit?
A: Thanks to a partnership between Richland College and ILTexas, qualified students (those that pass the Texas Success Initiative Assessment) have the opportunity to enroll in dual credit courses. These rigorous courses simultaneously award high school credit toward a HS diploma and college credit that could count toward an associate’s degree or potentially be transferred to a 4-year university.
Q: What clubs and sports teams does ILTexas have?
A: Athletic teams: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Flag Football, Baseball, Softball, Cross Country, Track & Field;
Clubs: National Honor Society, Model UN, World Quest, Junior World Affairs Council, Student Council, Book Club, Poetry Club, Space Exploration, Texas Elites (spirit and dance team), Pep Band, Musical Theatre Club, DI, Tienes mucho teatro, Art Club, Environmental/Recycling, Chinese Club
Q: What is the average SAT score (local and international)?
A: The average SAT score for our international students is 1242. The average SAT score overall is 1020.
Q: How is ILTexas ranked among US high schools?
A: In 2017, ILTexas was ranked No.76 of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” by the Washington Post. In 2016, ILTexas Garland High School received a Bronze Medal of Best High Schools, ranking it in the top 30% of US high schools by the US News & World Report.
Q: To what colleges have your graduates been accepted?
A: ILTexas graduates have been accepted to many colleges and universities, including the following: MIT, Brown, Columbia, Bowdoin, Davidson, American University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University, University of Connecticut, Michigan State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Babson College.
Q: Does ILTexas provide housing?
A: During the school year, all international F1 students at ILTexas have the option to live on-campus in the student apartments or to live off-campus with a host family. The apartments are closed over summer break.
Q: Is it safe?
A: ILTexas Garland High School is located in a safe area in Garland, a suburb of Dallas, TX.
To further improve safety, however, we implement many different security measures on campus.
For example, our student apartments require a key card for access, have a security guard present 24/7 when students are at the dorms, and are equipped with almost 50 security cameras throughout the grounds.
Q: How much is tuition?
A: Tuition and fees total $40,000USD per year for boarding school students.
This includes tuition, room and board (including all meals), medical insurance, school uniforms, a Chromebook computer, cell phone, an annual trip, and all mentor activities.
Day school students pay $29,000USD per year, which includes tuition, medical insurance, a Chromebook computer, an annual trip, and all mentor activities.
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ILTexas Private High School accepts applications for Fall and Spring admissions.
We also accept applications year-round for F1 transfers from other SEVP-certified school in the United States.
For forms and deadlines to apply, please download our application below.
The ILTexas Private High School application for F1 International Students includes the following:
(a checklist and forms can be found in the pdf linked below)
Application Fee - $100 (non-refundable), due at time of application
International Student Program Application form
Statement of Financial Evidence Form (This form must be signed by the student’s sponsor)
Certified Copy of Middle School or High School Transcript (translated into English) showing all coursework starting from 9th grade (required) or 8th grade (preferred)
Color Copy of Applicant’s Passport and Parent’s Passport (copy of identification page)
English Interview with Director of International Students (after application fee has been paid)
Bank Statement or Bank Letter from your sponsor with a minimum of $40,000 as an evidence of sufficient support for one academic year (must provide a recent bank statement issued within the last 3 months) *for Spring admissions, this minimum amount is $20,000 to cover the Spring semester
Immunization records (translated into English)
Applications or other inquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can pay for the international application fee via PayPal. Just click the button below!