Since 1997, Life Center Academy has prided itself in being a SEVIS approved school qualified to issue I-20s for international students to receive F-1 student visas from the United States government. Our campus is located on 106 acres of land in between the cities of Philadelphia and New York and has exquisite educational and recreational facilities. Ever since the beginning of our international program, we have hosted over 93 students from 27 different countries around the world.
Life Center Academy is a Christian, faith-based educational institution with students from preschool through high school. Our international student program is for students in grades 9 through 12. We are a college preparatory high school. Upon graduation, our students are prepared and accepted into respectable colleges and universities for their bachelors and master's degrees. Some others have joined the United States Armed Forces where they demonstrate great excellence.
In the admission process, two letters of recommendation are required from current teachers. One must come from the English teacher of the student. English proficiency is a requirement for admission. We currently do not have an ESL program. During the application process, there will be a skype interview or in the instance where the student is visiting the United States, a personal interview is required.
Unless an international student has relatives living in the area of our school we require students to seek admission through an existing program which brings students from their home country to study in the United States. The relative or the sending organization will be responsible for providing housing for the student. Life Center Academy currently does not provide housing.
We are located on 106 acres of land near the cities of Philadelphia and New York. At Life Center Academy the student will have a good cross-cultural experience. The United States of America can be very different from the student's homeland. It could be a while before one gets to enjoy American food.
At Life Center Academy, the student will have to be fully engaged in a cross-cultural experience. All students will be required to arrive in the United States two weeks before school begins in August for our Cross Culture Camp, a fun time of learning about United States culture as it relates to life inside and outside of the classroom. Students must also be willing to agree that they will only speak English during operational hours at school in order to maintain a unified student body.
At Life Center Academy we promise to train your mind, your body, and your spirit. We have a variety of clubs and sports that are open to all students. Many of our international students have joined our soccer, basketball, and baseball/softball teams. If one likes to sing, one can join our chapel choir. If one likes drama one can join our Theatre Club. Every Wednesday after school we have a Bible Club for students who want to learn more about the Christian faith. We also have a fitness center if the student wants to exercise after school.
All of our teachers have been trained on the need for global citizenship and how important our international students are to accomplishing this within our student body. We guarantee that our teachers will work hard to help each international student feel comfortable in their new environment and to attain academic success. We, in return, expect that our international student must also work hard as a student of Life Center Academy to keep in line with our core values of: Jesus, People, Servanthood, Excellence, Communication, and Generosity.
"Life Center Academy gave me a unique opportunity to get my education in the United States and play basketball at the same time. The professors and staff were always very helpful and challenged me to be a better student and a better person each and every day. Once I graduated from LCA, many doors had opened to continue my education, and I was able to succeed in college in the United States because of the support and education that LCA provided to me! I can honestly say that Life Center Academy has changed my life, and the learning experiences that I had while attending school there will be unforgettable!"
- Felipe Rocha, Class of 2013