International Students

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There’s a Home for You at Mount Rainier Lutheran High School!

Sheila Larsen, Director of Enrollment Services

If you are an international student or parent exploring educational options in the United States, I hope you will consider strongly Mount Rainier Lutheran High School located in Tacoma, Washington.  We are a small private school located south of Seattle in the Puget Sound area. Mount Rainier Lutheran High School (MRLHS) welcomes students from around the world into our Hawk community! We believe international students foster an environment of global diversity within our school and build relationships lasting a lifetime. We care about you becoming a part of this family here at Mount Rainier. I look forward to meeting you.



  • English as a Second Language

Through our faculty and staff, Mount Rainier offers strong English support in speaking, reading, and writing, preparing students for entry to U.S. universities.

  • Quality Academic Preparation

The academic experience at Mount Rainier prepares students for college and career. You can learn more about our academic overview by clicking GO TO ACADEMIC OVERVIEW.

  • A Safe Environmentinternational2

Safety and security is a very high priority here. Our schools are secured and we emphasize student safety and watchfulness during school and events. Our host families receive information and support prior to the students arriving.

  • Student Community/Mentoring Program

Our number one asset is the depth of love and caring in our school community. As a Christian, Lutheran community, we care for student individually and strive to help he or she feel welcome, included, supported, and engaged throughout the school year. Our student mentoring program pairs up a domestic student with an international student of the same grade level and gender ensuring support within the student body.

International Program Details

Mount Rainier Lutheran High School accepts a limited number of international students on a space-available basis. We are a registered SEVIS school and authorized to issue I-20s so that international students may attain an F-1 visa. MRLHS issues I-20 status to students who meet all general admission requirements and who are willing to live with a host family during their stay. Depending on availability, there may be opportunities for International students to stay with host families within the MRLHS community.

Mount Rainier Lutheran High School offers college preparatory academics, and a well-rounded approach to education, including athletics, arts, and music.

Application Process

Students applying to Mount Rainier Lutheran High School will need to set up an online account and submit the following for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Copy of the current I-20 form
  • Copy of passport (page with photo and expiration date)
  • Copy of current school transcript with English translation
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers or counselors with English translation
  • Copy of TOEFL Test (minimum score of 80) or SLEP Test (minimum score of 55)
  • Interview with the Admissions Director (via Skype or in person)
  • Application fee: $150
  • Acceptance for international students is conditional for one-year, with an annual student file review at the end of each school year.

If you need further assistance, please contact Sheila Larsen, Director of Enrollment Services at 253-284-4433 or at