International Student Program

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International Student Program

Our school has been blessed with the opportunity to have students from completely different cultures share their lives with us, and we as a church and school have the awesome opportunity to see God’s grace and love at work among our student body because of this.

Host families

We are looking for families to host a student at the beginning of each new school year. Students will be involved in school/church activities while they receive an American education and exposure to a Christian worldview. Being a “Host Family” means you have the capacity and commitment to allow God to use your home as an incubator for the Gospel in an international student’s life.

Who can be involved?

The heart of our program is the families who host our students. Our host families come from the church congregation or families of our HGCS student body.

What does it take to be a host family?

We simply ask that host families provide a warm and nurturing environment to support these students. This would include meals, a private bedroom, transportation to school and activities and an invitation to know and love your family.

Success Stories & Family Testimonial

We have witnessed several of our international students come to know Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Savior. The others are hearing the Gospel in their Bible classes, with their friends, as they participate in school athletics, and in school and church activities.

"Inviting an international student into our home was something we never considered until we heard others share about their experiences during a staff meeting. At that moment, God began to do a work in our hearts.

As two teachers who serve wholeheartedly, we always viewed our home as a haven, a place to retreat at the end of each day. We have always guarded it as such. However, the Lord laid it on our hearts that we needed to open our home for the impact of the Gospel.

Looking back, it is ironic that we thought we were the ones who would provide Vera, our international student, a great experience. It has been quite the opposite. She has taught us so much about how important it is to share the gospel with our example, and through the simple act of opening up our home to share our lives. Our blessing? We gained a daughter in the process and our only son gained a sister."

~ Todd and Kim Staples

How do I sign up or learn more?

If you would like further information about our International Student Program, contact Missy Smith, Director of International Students at or call the High School office at 704-531-4077.

Quick Facts for Host Families

  1. Provide Transportation to and from school.
  2. Open your home just as you are - no need to change your family lifestyle.
  3. A monthly stipend will be provided for extra household expenses incurred such as family functions, dinner out, utilities, internet, etc.
  4. Provide a bedroom/desk for your host student.
  5. School fees, medical insurance and extra-curricular activities are paid for by the host student.
  6. Provide nutritious meals each day (student lunch in the cafeteria already paid for in the tuition).
  7. The host student provides and pays for their own cell phone/data plan.

2019-20 International Student Tuition/Fees:

  • $30,000.00 Including Host Family fee
  • $19,000.00 No Host Family needed