International Students

Admissions Process

Pacific Rim International School offers a unique bilingual and Montessori-based curriculum. Our goal is to prepare students to thrive as citizens of the world wide community. This international and multicultural orientation structures all of our programs and forms the basis of our pedagogical approach at all grade levels.

We accept applications year-round.

Our mixed-age classes encourage open collaboration between students; by interacting daily with others of varied ages, students cultivate respect and a sense of responsibility toward one another. Native speakers of Mandarin and of Japanese are an integral part of our teaching staff and play a key role in our immersion programs. PRINTS accepts students of all background and is committed to work with parent to maximize student potential.


  1. Submit Application Form and School Application Fee.
    The application process begins with completion of the Application Packet Online; if preferred, it may also be e-mailed. The application fee is $75 for domestic students and $500 (I-20 fee included) for foreign students. An application fee may be paid to PRINTS via personal check (of U.S. origin), cash, or direct wire in deposit. If you choose to wire money to us, please contact: for instructions.
  2. Financial Aid:
    Financial aid at PRINTS is available in two forms: a. Installment payment plan, b. Scholarship. To apply for financial aid, follow the instructions HERE. Please double-check that your application is turned in with all required materials to ensure a timely decision.
  3. Interview
    Prior to admission, students will meet with the teaching staff. The goal of the meeting is chiefly to introduce the student to the learning environment and get a closer sense of the students' daily routine. If the student is not in the country at the time of the interview, Skype or the phone may be used instead.
  4. Proof of Monetary Funds (Above $40,000 U.S dollars)
    For International students, PRINTS requires the submission of a copy of a bank statement as evidence of the family's ability to pay for tuition.
  5. School Tour/Visit (optional for International Students)
    All local students are required to visit the school and meet with teachers, students and staff.

    While a visit may be challenging for international students, we would still encourage them to visit our school. To schedule a tour appointment, please e-mail or call the school from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM PST at 650 685-1881 for the San Mateo campus or 510-601-1500 for the Emeryville Campus.


Applications for Middle and High School Students

We invite you to print, complete, and submit the application by postal mail, courier service, or email via


A decision regarding admission is made within 7 School Days after receipt of ALL required materials. Admission notification will be via e-mail.

Upon acceptance, international students should promptly initiate the I-20 process (see section on I-20 process for more information). Once PRINTS receives a copy of the student's current I-20 and of a valid U.S. visa (if applicable), the school will mail an Enrollment Agreement to be signed and returned.

Students may be asked to take math, English, or other subject placement tests upon arrival at school as a way for teachers to be of optimal assistance to the student as s/he begins his/her learning journey at PRINTS.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

  1. Application Fee: $ 500 (Non-refundable)
  2. Tuition Fee: (please contact for the San Mateo campus; or for the Emeryville campus)
  3. Insurance: $500-700 / per year. Students may purchase their own insurance.†
  4. Books/Other Fees: approximately $500 per year.

† Students may purchase their own health insurance; if help is needed to find a suitable insurance policy, PRINTS will be happy to provide suggestions. All students are required to have health insurance covering them in the United States.

I-20 Process

I-20 Process

Our admission application provides all the information necessary to process an international student's I-20. On occasions, additional information may be required; parents will be promptly notified if that is the case.

Upon official admission, PRINTS will make every effort to process the student's I-20 within 1-2 weeks. A hard copy of the I-20 will be mailed to the family; its receipt can be expected within an additional 1-3 weeks. The fee for obtaining a student's I-20 is covered by part of the application fee.

An I-20 and I-20 fee receipt will enable the student to proceed to schedule a visa appointment with the local U.S. Consulate.

Contact Admissions

For more information about admissions to PRINTS, please feel free to contact us at:

San Mateo Campus:
Emeryville Campus:

  • Processing applications and required documents from new students
  • Answering questions from prospective parents/students
  • Scheduling an orientation tour

Application Form