F1 International Student Program
The International Leadership of Texas Private High School Garland provides a college preparatory education for students and prepares them 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.
The International Leadership of Texas fosters a community of friendship between local and international students who study the same curriculum in the same classrooms. The International Leadership of Texas is certified to issue I-20 visas for international students in grades nine through 12 who would like to study on a F-1 student visa in the United States. The result is a diverse, intercultural environment in which both American and international students can learn and grow together - forming lifelong bonds and global friendships.
The International Leadership of Texas has received numerous honors, including:
Ranked Top 1% of the Most Challenging High Schools in the United States by the Washington Post in 2017
Ranked Top 3% of the Best High Schools in the United States by US News and World Report in 2019
Ranked Top 2% of all High Schools in the United States for College Readiness by US News and World Report in 2020
Accredited by through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and AdvancED
Received 7 out of 7 Distinctions by the State of Texas testing
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。
The curriculum at the International Leadership of Texas, as steered by our mission, prepares students for exceptional leadership roles in the international community by emphasizing servant leadership, mastering the English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese languages, and strengthening the body, mind and character. Further, the International Leadership of Texas has a college preparatory program whereby we not only provide our students with the instruction needed to be successful in college, but with the expectation that they will attend and be successful in college and beyond.
At the International Leadership of Texas, extra-curricular programs are an integral part of the educational experience. Extra-curricular programs allow students to explore their interests, hone their leadership skills, and further strengthen their mind, body and character. Additionally, any student can apply to start a new club.
At the International Leadership of Texas, athletics, as well as our physical education classes, teach students to strengthen their body and to develop the skills to live healthy, active lives. The International Leadership of Texas athletics have won numerous State Championships and the current athletic teams include:
*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
The International Leadership of Texas prepares our students for exceptional leadership roles by emphasizing servant leadership and living by our motto, Others Before Self. While attending the International Leadership of Texas, our students volunteer in the local community through numerous service projects. These service projects help students develop leadership skills and value the importance of helping others and the community.
Others Before Self – 先人后己 – Otros Antes De Uno Mismo
The International Leadership of Texas fosters a community of support, friendship, and caring. One of the ways that we do this is through our Mentor Program. The Mentor Program pairs a local student with an international student so that they have a friend to study with, learn American culture from, and share experiences with. Mentors maintain close, friendly contact with the international students, making them feel comfortable while gaining an understanding of their many new experiences at the International Leadership of Texas.
Mentor relationships are rooted in events that allow for the international students to experience American culture with their mentor. Some mentor events include NBA basketball games, amusement parks, and bowling.
In addition, we take our students to different cities across the United States to learn, look at top universities, and have unique experiences every year. Past trips have included excursions to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., various cities throughout Texas, and Orlando.
The college advisory program at the International Leadership of Texas is run through the Academic Success Program (ASP Dallas) and prepares our students for success. ASP Dallas is a Texas non-profit college access program that provides comprehensive college advisory services to our students. The International Leadership of Texas Private High School students have access to a full-time college advisor who supports students and meets with them regularly throughout the college research and application process.
ASP Advisors help students prepare for university applications, learn about top universities for their majors, meet with top university admission counselors, and assist with admission essays. ASP Advisors also assist each student in applying for scholarships. In 2019, our students were awarded over $26 million in scholarships.
Our goal is for each student to find and be admitted to colleges that meet their personal interests, ensuring the most successful college career possible.
The International Leadership of Texas further prepares students for college applications by providing them SAT preparation opportunities, such as the Kaplan SAT preparation course. The Kaplan SAT preparation course is one of the best SAT preparation programs in the world. All 11th grade international students will attend live SAT preparation classes taught by a Kaplan Instructor at no extra charge! The Kaplan Program is proven to increase a students’ SAT test scores by teaching them test-taking strategies and giving them the skills to succeed.
By the time International Leadership of Texas students apply for universities, they have been educated about every element of the process and can apply to universities with confidence. Our college admission list is always as varied as our student body. Our students have been accepted into top universities, including Yale, Columbia University, Brown University, Cornell University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, Stanford University and more.
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 the International Leadership of Texas Private High School located?
A: International students attend class at the International Leadership of Texas Garland High School campus, which is located at 4413 N Shiloh Rd, Garland, TX 75044. The International Student Apartments are located directly behind the school at 2650 Arapaho 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 the International Leadership of Texas issue I-20s for F1 visas?
A: Yes, the International Leadership of Texas Private High School Garland is certified by SEVP to issue I-20s for F1 visas. Our private school students go to school at the International Leadership of Texas Garland High 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 nine 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 students are enrolled at the International Leadership of Texas?
A: There are approximately 20,000 students enrolled in the International Leadership of Texas Charter School District.
There are over 650 students enrolled at the International Leadership of Texas Garland High School and 56 of these are international students.
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 are offered at the International Leadership of Texas?
A: The International Leadership of Texas offers 17 AP courses, including: 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, and AP Economics/Government (this list may be subject to change based on the academic year).
Q: What is dual credit?
A: Dual credit classes are college level courses that high school students can take to earn both a high school course credit and a college course credit simultaneously. These courses can transfer to a four-year university after graduation. The International Leadership of Texas has a partnership with Richland College which offers dual credit courses. Students can qualify to enroll in dual credit classes by passing the Texas Success Initiative Assessment.
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: How does the International Leadership of Texas prepare students for the SAT?
A: During their junior year, all of our students are enrolled in a Kaplan SAT preparation course, which is one of the best SAT preparations programs in the world. All 11th grade International Leadership of Texas Private School students will attend live SAT preparation classes taught by a Kaplan instructor at no extra charge! The Kaplan Program is proven to increase a students overall score by teaching students the strategies to approach every type of SAT question and giving them the skills to succeed.
Q: How is the International Leadership of Texas ranked among US high schools?
A: In 2017, the International Leadership of Texas was ranked top 1% of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” by the Washington Post. In 2019, the International Leadership of Texas Garland High School ranked in the top 3% of the Best US high schools by the US News & World Report. In 2020, the International Leadership of Texas ranked in the top 2% of US high schools for college readiness by the US News & World Report.
Q: What universities have International Leadership of Texas students been accepted to?
A: 95% of our students are accepted to top 100 Universities, with 21% accepted into Top 10 Public Universities. International Leadership of Texas students have been accepted into schools such as Yale, Columbia, Brown, MIT, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago and more. Our students have also been accepted to Texas Universities such as Rice University, The University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M, Dallas Baptist University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of North Texas and more.
Q: What are the living arrangements for International Students?
A: During the school year, all international F1 students have the option to live on-campus in the international student apartments or to live off-campus with a host family. The apartments are closed over summer break.
Q: What safety measures does the International Leadership of Texas have in place?
At the International Leadership of Texas, student safety is our top priority. The International Leadership of Texas Garland High School and the International Student Apartments both have 24/7 video surveillance. We also have a security guard located at the high school and International Student Apartments, ensuring students have 24 hour protection. The International Leadership of Texas Garland High School and the International Student Apartments also have a Raptor Visitor System, which is an identification system where all visitors must submit their driver's license to be scanned.This system is linked with the national database to ensure visitors are safe. All visitors must be checked before gaining admittance to school grounds. At all times, doors at the International Leadership of Texas Garland High School and the International Student Apartments are locked. The students can enter the International Student Apartments by swiping their identification card.
Q: What if my child needs additional English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring? Is there a cost?
A: The International Leadership of Texas Private High School provides all international students with an ESL class as part of their high school courses. If students would like or require additional ESL classes after school, it is offered at a cost of $2,500 per year.
Q: Does the International Leadership of Texas provide transportation for our students?
A: We provide airport pickup and drop off at the beginning and end of the school year as well as at the beginning and end of holiday breaks.
Q: What will my child do after school and on the weekends?
A: We want to ensure that International Leadership of Texas students focus on their studies. We give students plenty of time to complete assignments and enhance their learning. In the International Student Apartments, we have study rooms where students can go to work in groups or study independently. We also have a room with a piano where students can practice their instruments. Our Welcome Center has plenty of activities for students to stay entertained. On select days, we have mentor events which are organized activities for students to get cultural experiences with their mentors. On weeknights and weekends, some of our students choose to explore the city, go shopping, go dine at restaurants, and visit friends or relatives. Students are able to leave campus with permission from their Resident Advisors and will need to follow the International Student Apartment rules and guidelines for leaving the campus.
Q: How much is tuition?
A: Tuition and fees total $40,000 USD 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.
Tuition and fees total $29,000 USD per year for day school students, 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:
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.
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