INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM

KAREN BROOKSThank you for your interest in attending Gaston Christian School (GCS).  The International Student site contains very important information regarding your admission to the school.  Please read all information carefully.

If you have any admission questions, do not hesitate to contact our International Student Coordinator, Mrs. Karen Brooks, kbrooks@gastonchristian.org .  They will be happy to assist you.  The checklist below reviews all of the necessary forms and paperwork that must be submitted prior to the issuance of the I-20.  Once all required documents have been received, the I-20 will be completed contingent upon acceptance.

Thank you for your interest in attending Gaston Christian School (GCS).  The International Student site contains very important information regarding your admission to the school.  Please read all information carefully.

If you have any admission questions, do not hesitate to contact our International Student Coordinator, Mrs. Karen Brooks, kbrooks@gastonchristian.org .  They will be happy to assist you.  The checklist below reviews all of the necessary forms and paperwork that must be submitted prior to the issuance of the I-20.  Once all required documents have been received, the I-20 will be completed contingent upon acceptance.

A Brief History of Gaston Christian School

Gaston Christian School, Inc. was established in 1979 by a group of seven area pastors and interested Christian parents who believed that a need existed for a school that would provide a program of academic excellence and spiritual development in an orderly, God-honoring setting. The first year was devoted to planning, with the school opening its doors the following fall (1980) with an enrollment of 105 students in grades K-9 in the educational facilities of Parkwood Baptist Church. A pre-school program for three- and four-year-olds was added in 1985. In August 1991 an additional elementary school campus was established in the Belmont/Mt. Holly area, using the educational facilities of Catawba Heights Baptist Church. In 1994, the program expanded through grade ten on the campus of the former Sacred Heart College. Grades 11 and 12 were added the following two years with the school now providing a full college preparatory program through the 12th grade. Having acquired 54 acres of land in March 1999 for future campus development, the school is now in one of the most exciting phases of its history. In August of 2006, all elementary students moved to their new building on the Lowell campus. Students in grades 6-12 re-located to the consolidated campus in August of 2008. As set forth in the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws, Gaston Christian School is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The school is a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International; Gaston Christian is also approved by the North Carolina Department of Non-Public Instruction.

 

NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

Gaston Christian School, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate in the administration of its personnel or educational policies, admission policies, scholarships, athletic activities, or other school-administered programs.

 

Links to:

GCS School Profile 2016 2017

2016 2017 Master School Calendar

2017 2018 Master School Calendar

Highlights from the HS Handbook

As a non-government school, our situation parallels that of private colleges. Students must first apply for admission to the school. This application must be made by ALL students seeking enrollment, whether or not they are already enrolled students. Re-enrollment is NOT automatic.

Gaston Christian School currently uses the following agencies:

GCS is committed to helping students mature spiritually and excel academically in order to help them impact the kingdom of God by living productive Christian lives. If pursuing this goal is not the desire of the student and his/her family, we will not have an effective partnership thus preventing us from developing a cooperative team effort.

Admission to GCS is based on the following:

  • Prior academic and behavioral performance
  • Standardized test scores (SLEP or TOEFL)
  • International Student Reference Forms
  • Phone/Skype Interview with school official

Step 1. Complete forms and Return to Admissions Office for Processing

Forms to submit via email, fax, or U.S. mail: (6th-12th grade)

  • GCS Admission Application Packet
  • Agency Application Packet
  • SLEP/TOEFL test score sheet
  • Middle and High school transcripts (translated into English)
  • School Reference
  • GCS Financial Policies for International Students
  • Student Homestay Participation Form
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • International Student Immunizations Form
  • Current physical or health exam

Step 2.  If Accepted

  • Notified by email or phone call by the Admissions Director.
  • GCS official will mail the I-20.
  • Students must arrange an interview with the U.S. Embassy in their respective country to obtain an F-1 Visa.
  • GCS Student Coordinator will contact student/agent with Homestay information.
  • Full payment must be received prior to the first day of school before the student can be enrolled (Contact Business Office, (704) 349-5025).
  • *Agency/Student must submit U.S. Equivalency transcript for any courses taken outside of the United States.

*Two recommended websites for U.S. Equivalency transcript:

  • Josef Silny: Ph:(305) 273-1616

www.jsilny.com/
Frequently Asked Questions:http://www.jsilny.com/html/faq.htm

 

Step 3.  If Denied Admission to GCS

* Notified by email or phone call by a GCS official.

 

Admission and Reenrollment Policies

  • If full payment is not made prior to first-day of school, then student’s application will be placed on financial hold.
  • A student cannot attend school until financial arrangements have been made.
  • Reenrollment to GCS is not automatic.

Refund Policy

If an International student withdraws within the first quarter of school, the family is responsible for a minimum of 25% (1/4) of the annual fee.  If a student withdraws during the year, the family is financially responsible for each quarter during which the student attended.

 

Links for forms:

International Student Application

GCS Online Host Family Application

– GCS Host Family Pastor Reference form

– GCS Host Family Reference Form

Homestay Inquiry Form

Homestay Family Letter of Agreement

Student Participation Agreement

Medication Authorization Form

Medical Release Form

Sports Preparticipation Physical Form

 

 

 

Hosting an International student can be an extremely rewarding experience for all members of a family.  It is an opportunity to be involved in missions and ministry without even leaving your very own home.  The mission field has come to America! GCS is seeking host families for the International Student Program. Please consider joining this opportunity to share Christ and change lives.

New Oasis Education and China Project Hope

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Click here for GCS Host Family Form

Gaston Christian School is a college preparatory school with a rigorous academic curriculum in conjunction with co-curricular enrichment opportunities.  Consistent with this philosophy is the model for our Cross-Cultural Summer Adventure. Our summer camp is designed for international students in grades 7-10 to come to an American school and have an English immersion experience with domestic students in an enjoyable and engaging environment.

The camp is divided into three modules:  Interdisciplinary ELL, Ecology, and Drama.  English is the language of instruction in the classroom as well as during other camp activities.  This allows students to gain exposure to academic English as well as everyday conversational phrases.  Interaction with American students will also benefit our visiting students as they interact with one another in and out of the classroom setting.

Our Cross-Cultural Summer Adventure will involve daily field trips; many supporting the curriculum that is taught that day.  There will be follow-up activities to reinforce concepts woven into the ELL module to engage the students and make learning fun.  There will also be opportunities for volunteering in the surrounding community and showcasing the talent of our visiting students.

The camp is a residential program utilizing host families.  The homestay experience is a very important component of our program. We know that many of our students’ most vibrant memories will be of the time they spent with the members of their American homestay family, even though just for a brief time. The cultural exchange on the part of student and host family will prove to be invaluable to both.

Class Celebrates the Chinese New Year with our International Students
Middle School Starfish Dissection
International Students talk to 5th graders
For Such a Time as This performance