For International Students

When to Apply

Garrison Forest accepts applications at any time but we urge families to apply by early January of the winter preceding their fall entrance date.

A Completed Application Requires: 

  1. A Residential Application Form (see right-hand column) and application fee of $50 (U.S. citizen) and $80 (non-U.S. citizen)  
  2. A transcript of academic work for the last two years
  3. Two evaluation forms: one from your current Math teacher and the other from your current English teacher
  4. An on-campus interview with both the applicant and parent/guardian (Please note that we do not offer phone interviews)
  5. A writing sample (short answer questions)
  6. An International Student Supplemental Form (see right-hand column)
  7. Results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

The Enrollment Process

For all applications completed by early February 2014, the Admission Committee will make a decision regarding your candidacy by early March, 2014. If you are accepted and choose to enroll, your family must complete two important steps to ensure your enrollment at GFS:

  1. Sign and return one copy of the Enrollment Agreement.
  2. Send full tuition amount by Wire Transfer to Garrison Forest School.
    Please contact the Admission Office for Wire Transfer Information.

I-20 Issuance

An I-20 will be issued only after we receive both your Enrollment agreement and your full tuition amount. We will then begin to send you the information and forms necessary for finalizing your registration.

If a student is unsuccesful in obtaining an F-1 visa, Garrison forest will refund the full tuition amount.

Tuition and Additional Expenses

The 2013-2014 tuition for a Boarding student is US $48,200. An additional US $5,000 in expenses (uniforms, books/supplies, laundry, and monthly allowance) should be anticipated by each family.


College preparatory curriculum in the following subject areas: English, foreign languages (Spanish, French, and Latin), Mathematics, Science, History, Computer, Arts and Humanities, A.P. courses offered in every academic discipline.

ESL Program

We strongly encourage that all students attend a summer program for English as a Second Language (ESL) in the United States prior to beginning study at Garrison Forest. We require each student who speaks English as a Second Language, to work with our ESL teacher at an additional cost to each family. The tutorial classes do not interfere with other academic subjects, sports, or extracurricular programs.

Upon arrival at our campus, all newly enrolled students who speak English as a Second Language will be assessed by our ESL teacher. Students will be enrolled in the proper level class and families will be billed accordingly. Costs range between $675 to $985 per semester.

Apply Online

The Online Application!

You may also print, complete, and mail a hardcopy of the application booklets:

Boarding Application Booklet (for Boarding, Grades 8-12)

International Student Supplemental Form

Information for International Students  

Summer Academy at Garrison Forest

New for summer 2014, Garrison Forest has created an exciting language-immersion program at GFS for young women and men, ages 12-15.

Students live and learn at GFS from July 24-August 13, 2014 and are taught by master teachers in English language-learning and in electives in Filmmaking, Finance, Piano and Robotics. Chaperoned, custom excursions to Baltimore, New York City and Washington, D.C. offer great opportunities to further explore American culture.

For details, visit  

Learn More About GFS

Discover more about Upper School academics, Middle School academics (if you are applying as an 8th Grade boarder), our athletics and arts programs, innovative programs, and clubs and weekend activities.

The Year in Brief

Arrive/Move in: September 1, 2013

1st trimester begins: September 6, 2013

Thanksgiving vacation:
November 23-December 1, 2013**

Winter vacation: December 21, 2013-January 5, 2014**

Return to school: January 6, 2014

Spring vacation: March 12-23, 2014**

Classes resume: March 24, 2014

Last day of classes/summer dismissal: June 10, 2014

**All international students are required to have a contact family in the United States with whom they would stay during vacation periods detailed above. Our dormitories are closed for the Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring vacation.