Skipstone Academy is recognized by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) as an approved
school to issue I-20 forms for international students who are applying for an F-I visa.
To be considered as a candidate for the Skipstone International program, prospective students must:
1. Exemplify excellent academic achievement at their current school.
2. Be at least nine years of age and not over eighteen years of age upon approval.
3. Exemplify excellent conduct and be recommended by the administration of their current school.
4. Have family members who approve and fully support the program.
5. Be physically and emotionally able to take part in this program.
Admission To Skipstone Academy
Candidates who satisfy the above requirements should submit the items below to the Skipstone Academy
Office. (All documents are to be provided in English.)
New Student Application
Proof of immunizations as required by the State of Georgia
Academic records from current school
Proof of English proficiency
Evidence that the family of the student has sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses
Copy of student's passport
All of these documents should be mailed to: Skipstone Academy, 600 Baptist Camp Road, Griffin, GA 30223
or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Documents will be reviewed and students will be informed of
the status of their acceptance by email. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the review process.
After approval for admission to Skipstone Academy, you make an appointment with the U.S. Embassy or
Consulate in your country. You will need to pay all fees and gather all necessary documents for your
interview. The documents include:
Receipt for SEVIS I-20 fee
Competed visa application (DS-160)
Two recent passport size photos
Supporting documents that show strong ties to home country
Documentary evidence of financial support
$140 nonimmigrant visa application fee
Admission letter & scholarship award letter from Skipstone Academy
If you are granted your visa, keep al of the above documents plus your visa to show when you enter the
Skipstone Academy follows the rules and regulations of the Department of Homeland Security. In doing so,
we are required to follow a strict set of guidelines in regards to accepting and terminating students from the
program. Terminations are made when non-immigrant students:
Are no longer participating in a SEVIS-approved program of study
Does not report change of address within the 10 day requirement
Is potentially out of status
Is out of the country for more than five months and is not enrolled full-time
In most cases, Skipstone Academy will have host homes available for international students. Host families will
be families who are affiliated with Skipstone Academy through current students. Host families will provide
housing, meals and all living expenses for students during their length of study at Skipstone Academy. All
host families are screened and approved by the school through a stringent vetting process. Each host family
must submit an application, host family reference form, host family agreement and host family background
check. Host families must also go through a series of interviews with the administration staff of Skipstone
Skipstone Academy strongly suggests that international students begin their unit of study at the beginning of
first semester in August but we will accept international students throughout the year. In some cases, the
Academy administration may suggest that students enroll earlier for assessment and preparation for the
semester so they will be prepared to handle the required work load for their grade level.
Students are accepted on a year-by-year basis and will be evaluated at the end of each year. Students may
continue studying for their entire length of study provided that their yearly evaluations are positive.
Cost of Program
International Student Tuition**
***Tuition includes all testing, fieldtrips, and graduation packets (if applicable).
Athletic Fee*****specific to each sport
Skipstone admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs
and activities generally accorded or made available. Skipstone does not discriminate on the basis of race in
administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships, local programs, athletic programs
and other Skipstone administered programs.