International Admission Hero


Transforming lives since 1910, being an international student at Army and Navy Academy is a life-changing experience. At our military boarding school for boys, you will become your own person, expand your intellectual skills, develop into a leader, and become highly independent. You will receive strong academic support, benefit from college planning services, and gain admission into a top college or university of your choice in the United States or abroad. We are also one of very few boarding schools offering a robust ESOL program (English for Speakers of Other Languages) that helps students improve their English before applying to college!

Army and Navy Academy is a diverse private military boarding school in the United States, with cadets from countries around the globe. Learn about international admission here. 

Army and Navy Academy is more than an international boarding school; it is a microcosm of the world where global studies take on real meaning. International high school students hail from all over the United States and the world to attend our boarding school in Southern California. Typically, 20-30% of our student body is comprised of international students. We also have some younger students in our junior boarding school for grades 7-8. 

Students at Army and Navy Academy come from places near and far, including: Mexico, Canada, China, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, France, Italy, Mongolia, Vietnam, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, Dominican Republic, Russia, Ukraine, and the Philippines. 

At our military school for boys in grades 7-12, students learn about different cultures, traditions, customs, history, and politics through personal interactions, interactive classroom lessons, team-building activities, challenging leadership training, robust athletics, multicultural events, and extracurricular activities. International students in high school graduate with improved English skills, independence, and an understanding of the American way of life before going to college/university. 

Our unique location in San Diego County on a beachfront campus provides access to the small quaint village of Carlsbad and all that Southern California has to offer. Similar to a college campus. international high school students have close access to airports, shopping, restaurants, and full campus amenities. Contact us to discover why we are so popular with international students! Ranked in the top 5 boarding schools in California, the Academy offers a life-changing experience as boys move toward manhood. 

Our graduates matriculate to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world, including the Ivy League and top public and private universities. The list includes: UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB, UC Irvine, UC Davis, Stanford, USC, Purdue, Columbia, Cornell, NYU, MIT, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, University of Chicago, Boston College, Parsons School of Design, Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, and many more. 

Army and Navy Academy has a legacy of educating top leaders in the fields of business, hotel management, law, government, diplomacy, medicine, science, engineering, technology, aviation, and the arts.

International students typically attend our military boarding school in order to prepare for university, acquire life readiness, and improve their English language proficiency skills. The rigorous curriculum, strong academic support, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL Program), and a structured daily schedule help students hit their goals. Students graduate with self-knowledge, resilience, perseverance, strong values, leadership skills, and the motivation to achieve. 

Seeking a high school for international students in the USA? Tel. +1 (760) 547.5285  Email: Victor Traycey 

Whom should I contact if I have questions?


International Admission Office – Victor Traycey

Tel. +1 (760) 547.5285

Email: Victor Traycey 


How do I apply?

1. Apply

The first step is to complete the online application.  

2. Submit Documents

After submitting the online application, you will receive an email with detailed instructions for additional required documentation. 

3. Schedule Skype

In the email, we will also provide instructions about how to schedule the required Skype interview. 

4. High School Visa USA 

Once accepted, we will help you submit your contract, first payment, and prepare for the F-I Visa process. 


Tel. + 1 (760) 547.5285

Email: Victor Traycey 

What are the admission and TOEFL requirements?

Admission Criteria

1. High Commitment

We are seeking international students with a very high commitment to attend Army and Navy Academy.

2. Academic Records

A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher is preferred. We will translate your transcripts to ensure credits transfer.

3. Extracurricular Interests

We are seeking international students with interests in leadership, character development, sports and fitness, clubs, trips, and activities.

4. TOEFL – High School 

First priority is given to high school applicants who score in the TOEFL iBT range of 52-60 points, or SSAT range of 1800-2000 points.

5. TOEFL – Middle School

For students (entering grades 7th and 8th), we prefer a TOEFL Junior score of 725-750. We do offer some degree of flexibility.

TOEFL Score Notes

If an applicant does not meet the intermediate standard, we will recommend enrolling into an English Immersion Program prior to application. Please contact us to discuss this in more detail.

A Skype interview is required for all applicants.

Email:  Victor Traycey

Do you offer ESOL classes?

New international students participate in a 3-week ESOL Accelerator course in early August, geared to help them improve their English proficiency skills, as well as acclimate to our campus environment prior to the first day of classes.

All new international students are also required to participate in a full-year ESOL course program during the school year, encompassing two semesters.

Students with an advanced command of the English language as evidenced by their TOEFL score and Skype interview will be exempt from this requirement.*

We encourage all second-year students to select one of our ESOL elective classes to further their writing, grammar, comprehension, and college-preparatory skills.

*Note: ESOL differs from ESL because many international students speak multiple languages and may have already had English education in their home country. 


Where do I go during the holidays?

For all major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break), all students must go home or stay with their local contact.

If you would like to go on the spring trip, this is optional. Typically, we offer spring trips abroad and/or east coast college tours. 

What is there to do during weekends?

Campus Activities 

During weekends, students enjoy a variety of activities on our beautiful beachfront campus. Students practice sports (e.g. basketball, table tennis), go swimming in our pool, and take in the sun during various beach activities (e.g. volleyball, body-boarding, surfing). Some students enjoy relaxing in our oceanview Recreation Hall, where they can play games, watch movies, and enjoy lively conversations. On the campus fields, we fly drones on selected weekends and other activities that tie in with our clubs and electives. 

Carlsbad Village

Many students like to walk into the local village to do some shopping in Carlsbad, enjoy meals off-campus, and go to movies. Carlsbad Village is just a short walk from campus! 

Local Trips

To provide exposure to all that Southern California has to offer, we also plan a number of trips. These trips may include: theme parks, museums, theater, concerts, and other fun experiences. In addition, based on student interest, weekend excursions may include: hiking, fishing, camping and visiting other local highlights in San Diego County. 

Programs and Activities

Some specialized optional programs include the prestigious Stanford Summer Internship, Model United Nations, and Harvard Model Congress.

Weekend Events 

On selected weekends, we host a number of major weekend events such as: athletic games, multicultural experiences, student concerts and drama performances, marching band parades, and other events. Check athletics for schedules and our year-at-a-glance calendar to view all the major weekend events. 

Spring Break Trips

The spring break trips vary every year. For instance, a recent trip through EF Tours exposed cadets to the wonders of Italy, France, and Spain. For next year, we have a trip planned to London, Paris, Normandy and Berlin.

College Campus Tours

To assist students with college planning, we have also taken cadets on east coast college tours to specific Ivy League and other top universities. 

There are also many prominent universities and colleges in the area, including: UCSD, USD, UCI, UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Loyola, Chapman and many others. 

When should I arrive and move onto campus?

International students must arrive on their assigned registration/move-in date (not before or after) to avoid loss of academic credit.

If that requirement is not met, their enrollment space could be given to another student and a $1,000 late fee will be assessed. This pertains to attendance throughout the year, including before and after holidays as well.

Where is the closest airport?

Army and Navy Academy is within a 35 minute drive of the San Diego International Airport, and the Carlsbad Village train station is just a few blocks off campus.

John Wayne airport in Orange County is an hour north, and LAX is approximately two hours away. We recommend arranging transportation from these destinations.

Do you offer college planning services?

To help you get into a college or university of your choice in the U.S. or abroad, we offer a number of college planning services.

Our counselors provide college planning workshops, personalized assistance, and academic scheduling.

In addition, to ensure students do well in academics, we offer tutorial period, study hall, faculty office hours, tutoring services, and much more.

At our West Point style military boarding school, you will acquire the ability to set goals, manage your time effectively, and acquire self-discipline. 


Do you help students obtain an F-I Visa to study in the U.S.?

Once you are accepted to Army and Navy Academy, we will guide you and provide some key documents to help you acquire the F-I Visa.

The F-I Visa is required to study in the U.S. at an academic high school or middle school. 

If you are working with an international agent, we will work with the agency to ensure they have all the proper documents. 

We make every effort to help you prepare for the interview at the United States Consulate or Embassy in your country. 


“Our son just graduated after spending 3 years at ANA. This school provided him with the tools and opportunities to get into an Ivy League university. Our son gained confidence because he was given a chance, both in school and as an athlete. He was able to thrive in this environment and we are so thankful that we made the choice to send our son here!”

— Hyung K. (Former Academy Patron)