INTERNATIONAL ADMISSION - BEST Boarding School
Boarding Schools for international students can be challenging to find. Many boarding schools in the U.S. do not offer the support to help students improve English skills and prepare for college. Transforming lives since 1910, being an international student at Army and Navy Academy is a life-changing experience.
International Admission – 4 Simple Steps to Apply
Interested in going to the best boarding school for international students in the United States? Need to improve your English skills? At our boarding school for boys, grades 7-12, we emphasize challenging college prep academics, stellar leadership training, character development, robust athletics, as well as dynamic clubs, trips, and weekend activities. See the questions on the right side of this page to “get started” and learn about the 4 simple steps under “how to apply?”
Best International Boarding School for Boys, Grades 7-12
Interested in attending The Ivy League or a top public or private university in the United States? Our boarding school for international students will set your application apart. You will take college prep classes that follow the most rigorous college entrance requirements, advance your learning in Advanced Placement and Honors Classes, and improve your English in our specialized ESOL program. You will also be able to take career-oriented electives in your areas of interest to gain a competitive edge. You will gain admission to college of your choice. Become like our graduates who are accepted to top universities, including: UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UCSD, UCI, NYU, USC, MIT, Cornell, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Stanford University, Rutgers University, Boston College, and prestigious universities abroad.
Study English in the United States
Need to improve your English to prepare for college? We are one of very few boarding schools in the U.S. offering an ESOL (aka ESL) program. Before you apply to college, you will take our English language classes, specifically geared to accelerate learning for English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). You will improve your speaking, writing, and grammar skills while attending our boarding school.
High School and Junior Boarding School for Boys
We offer both a full high school education for boys (grades 9-12), as well as a junior boarding school program (grades 7-8). Many international students attend both our junior boarding school and our high school to fully prepare for college and life beyond. The language immersion and cultural experiences broaden horizons and help students learn more about the american way of life. You will learn how to set goals, manage your time and priorities, acquire self-knowledge, and become physically and mentally fit.
Develop Your Leadership Skills
Are you interested in developing real-world skills in leadership and management? Army and Navy Academy has a legacy of educating top leaders through our West Point style leadership training and character development programs. Graduates are prepared for top leadership positions in various professional fields. Many international graduates become prominent leaders in business, hotel management, law, government, diplomacy, medicine, science, engineering, technology, aviation, and the arts. They follow the highest values: honor, integrity, respect, responsibility, compassion, and gratitude as they make an impact in their professions, communities, and the world.
Seeking a boarding school for international students in the United States (USA)? Contact us to learn the simple steps to apply, interview, test, gain your student visa (FI), and get accepted. We are here to help every step of the way.
For Spanish translation please visit these pages: Página de inicio en español and
Página de admisión en español
Contact Us Now: Tel. +1 (760) 547.5285 Email: Victor Traycey
Working with an Agent? For applicants working with international agents through ICEF, IECA, Linden Boarding School Tours, TABS Boarding School Fairs, or other organizations, please refer your agent to us. We will partner with you and your agent to help you through the entire application and visa process.
How do I get started?
Contact: Victor Traycey
Tel. +1 (760) 547.5285
Email: Victor Traycey
How to 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?
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 or ESL 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.
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 boarding school geared for boys, you will acquire the ability to set goals, manage your time effectively, and acquire self-discipline.
Proud Members of The Association of Boarding Schools and the Western Boarding School Association.
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?
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, bodyboarding, surfing).
Some students enjoy relaxing in our ocean view 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.
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!
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.
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. Contact us for details.
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, Claremont 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.
How do boarding schools in the U.S. compare?
Boarding schools in the United States stand out due to their outstanding college and universities, close proximity to international airports (in the case of Army and Navy Academy), and robust co-curricular programs.
Boarding Schools in Japan for international students require an educational sponsor in order to obtain a student visa. Support for non-Japanese speakers can be limited.
Boarding Schools in the U.K for international students are popular with families living abroad. There are several boarding schools in London alone.
Boarding Schools in Germany for international students offer the “Abitur” so students can go on to study at a German university.
Boarding Schools in Canada for international students offer both college prep and junior boarding schools; however, there are only 23 in the entire 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)