International Program

Common Questions

We're glad you're considering the International Student Program at St. John Lutheran School. We want you to feel welcome, but we realize that studying abroad and experiencing life in an unfamiliar culture can present you with all sorts of questions. Here are a few answers:


What is the curriculum like for international students?

Is St. John accredited?

What type of technology does St. John provide for students?

Are there opportunities for music, arts, and athletics?

Will I receive support/mentoring?

What cross-cultural experiences will I have?

What about family visits?

Is there an opportunity for high school?


What is the application process?

What are the admissions criteria?

How well do international students speak English?

Do I need a I-20 Form?

How much is tuition?

Host Families

What are host families?

Why do families choose to host?

What is expected of a host family?

Do host families receive financial support?

How do we become a host family?

St. John Lutheran School is wonderfully located for international students in Libertyville, Illinois, an affluent Chicago suburb. Established over 40 years ago, St. John offers the International Student Program for students from around the world. St. John host families provide a nurturing “home away from home,” while nearby Chicago offers many diverse multi-cultural experiences. The program is a wonderful blessing to international students, host families, and the St. John student body as a whole.

Why Our School

  • A Christian education with emphasis on Jesus Christ and faith
  • Achieved exemplary WELSSA and NCPSA accreditation
  • Emphasis on creating intellectual curiosity in a safe environment
  • 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio
  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW) transformative STEM curriculum
  • Experienced, caring teachers and host families who truly get to know your child
  • SEVP-Certified International School Program

St. John Lutheran School has an outstanding reputation for stimulating intellectual curiosity in a friendly and safe environment. St. John develops an individualized curriculum for its international students that enables our teachers to meet your student's strengths and weaknesses and the methods of instruction that will work best for your child.

St. John is in federation partnership with Shoreland Lutheran High School, This partnership allows for the opportunity for advanced St. John students to take high school-level math courses and music lessons through Shoreland Lutheran High School, St. John’s nearby federation partner high school, and online high school-level science courses through Association of Lutheran High Schools Online (ALHSO). St. John’s International Student Program also partners with and is aided by Shoreland's well known international student program and STEM Academy. Shoreland's international student program accepts approximately 30 international high school students each year and provides admission preference to St. John International Student Program graduates who desire to continue international study during high school.

Contact us to make an appointment with our assistant principal, Sarah Lofsness, to learn more.