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International Students

Welcome To Regis catholic schools

At Regis Catholic Schools, we realize the importance and value that international students bring to our school community! Regis Catholic Schools has been considered home to many international students throughout the years.

Our students have come from many countries, including China, Korea, Mexico, Austria, Thailand, Tanzania and Spain, to name a few. We are committed to providing a safe and nurturing school community where our motivated students flourish in preparation for college and life.

With the leadership of skilled and dedicated staff, Regis Catholic Schools offers a highly personal educational experience with strong relationships between students and faculty. By emphasizing leadership, academic excellence and service to others, our students are prepared for great success.

Regis Catholic Schools is recognized by the Student Exchange and Visitor program (SEVP) as a SEVIS approved school. We have the authorization to issue the I-20 forms to our international students so that they may obtain their F-1 student visa.

Admissions

Regis Catholic Schools has partnered with The Cambridge Institute of International Education to ensure the best possible international program. The Cambridge Institute's international students program prepares students for life abroad prior to arriving to Regis Catholic Schools and continues to provide international students with on-going support through the school year. International students coming from China must work with The Cambridge Institute to apply to Regis Catholic Schools.

To submit an application or if you have any questions, please contact our consultants at The Cambridge Institute at admissions@thecambridgenetwork.com.

Step 1: Complete the application packet. Please contact the International Student Coordinator at (715) 830-2271 for an application packet. To apply successfully each potential student must complete the following:

  • Parent Statement
  • Student Statement
  • Request for Grades form
  • Confidential Financial Statement
  • Recommendation Forms
  • Provide score from either the iBT TOEFL or SLEP English proficiency exam

Step 2: Schedule a Skype interview with the Admissions team.

Upon acceptance into Regis Catholic Schools, the student will receive an Enrollment Contract which the student will need to complete and return along with the registration fee. Once this has been received the I-20 process can begin so that the international student may obtain his/her F-1 student visa.

Academics

Exceptional Teachers and Staff

Regis Catholic Schools employs dedicated teachers and staff members who are enthusiastic, accomplished educators. They have the know-how to engage students in reaching new heights, even exceeding the student’s own expectations.  Our teachers are committed to helping and supporting your child in the learning process with individual attention and group exploration.

International Student Coordinator

Our International Student Coordinator is dedicated to overseeing your child’s academic, social and personal growth while attending Regis Catholic Schools. She provides support and coordinates guidance to ensure that each student is on the right path to achieve all of their goals and to become a full, participating member of the school community. Weekly meetings are initially scheduled to make sure that each international student is adapting to the new culture in a positive and productive manner. She regularly contacts each host family to confirm that each student has the best support system available to him/her and that everything is going smoothly and efficiently for both the student and host family.

Our Students

The students at Regis Catholic Schools acknowledge the diversity of others and their beliefs. Our student body is open to students of all faiths and backgrounds; they willingly and warmly accept international students to participate in the many activities at Regis Catholic Schools. They are challenged at all grade levels to have a strong level of discipline and academic excellence. Our students are recognized at all levels for academic accomplishments, awards in co-curricular activities and service to our community.

Courses

Regis Catholic Schools offers a complete comprehensive program for all age levels with a wide range of course selections. We offer a demanding and interactive program where students of all abilities are challenged to fulfill their unique potential and given opportunities to pursue their own specific interests. Our academic teams and clubs are continually recognized with highest honors at the local and state levels.  By emphasizing leadership, academic excellence and service to others, our students are prepared for great success in college and in life. Currently, in addition to the regular high school courses, we offer three Honors Classes (Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry and Honors Calculus) and various AP Classes. These classes offer the opportunity to earn college credit while attending high school.

ESL Class

Regis Catholic Schools is committed to providing the full support and guidance that is needed for our international students to learn English as a second language. Currently, our staff meets with our international students on a daily basis to assist them with the English language. Depending on the number of international students, Regis Catholic Schools can also provide additional ESL staff as needed. We are committed to the success of our international students.

Community Life

Co-Curricular Opportunities

Numerous opportunities are available to our students to explore their interests and showcase their talents. Often these opportunities develop into life long careers or hobbies. Band, Choir, Drama, Forensics, Technology Club, Foreign Language Clubs, Academic Challenge, National Honor Society, Environmental Club and Art Club are just some of the opportunities available to our students. Athletic opportunities include soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, golf, volleyball, etc. All of these activities provide the opportunity to bring students, families and the community together to celebrate Regis Catholic Schools.

College Exams and Scholarships

Our students consistently score higher than other schools at the local, state and national levels on the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams. Many of them receive thousands of dollars in scholarships to attend the country’s most prestigious universities.

Local University

Regis Catholic Schools is located in the same city as the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC). UWEC currently has more than 150 international students enrolled this year. The local proximity to the university offers numerous cultural and educational opportunities. According to the U.S. News, UWEC is ranked in the top 25 of Midwest Regional Universities. Please see www.uwec.edu for more information on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Social Events

In addition to the school-sponsored activities, all international students and host families are encouraged to meet once or twice a month to share ideas and to facilitate establishing bonds between all students and host families. These social events allow greater interaction between all host families and international students along with building a greater community support group for everyone. These opportunities outside of class time are also used to monitor the students’ progress as they adjust to the new language, school and culture. Varying locations and different group activities allows international students the opportunity to truly experience many facets of the American culture.

Housing


Regis Catholic Schools is proud to partner with gphomestay for all of our international students' residential needs. Gphomestay is a residential services and homestay provider that specializes in matching international students with committed, American host families in the Regis Catholic Schools community and providing ongoing, local support to both students and hosts.

Gphomestay is recognized as a CSIET-listed organization.

It is with extreme diligence that host families are selected for our international students. These families have volunteered to open their home and share their lives with our international students and they receive compensation to help offset the living expenses associated with being a host family. International students are welcomed into these homes so that these students may realize their dreams and goals of an education in the United States.

In addition to providing food and shelter for our international students, our host families provide a safe and secure environment in a home that these students can call their own. Oftentimes, our host families already have their own children attending our schools and are already very active in the school community. This connection to the school allows our international students a promising, fulfilling and supportive experience at Regis Catholic Schools!

These families live in the local Eau Claire community and transportation to and from school will be provided or arranged for by each family.

Student Orientation

The International Student Coordinator, Ms. Kendra Pagel, coordinates with each student and family their arrival into the Eau Claire area. Students are encouraged to fly into the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, located in Eau Claire. Ms. Pagel will be there to welcome you, transport you to your host family and to make sure you have everything you need at that time.

Regis Catholic Schools will have some informational and fun-filled activities planned for the week prior to school starting. These activities may include the following:

  • Setting up a bank account
  • Shopping for school supplies
  • Informational meetings on school policies and procedures
  • Tour of the school
  • Tour of the city
  • Meet and greet with current faculty and staff
  • Fun-filled outings which will allow international students the opportunity to interact with both local and other international students
  • During the year, a trip to the St. Paul/Minneapolis area will be scheduled
  • Opportunity to meet the host family

Tuition and Fees

Please contact Regis High School at (715) 830-2271 for tuition and fees.

Testimonials

John Mulligan, Class of 1983
"The values I learned at Regis carry over for your entire life; values like treating people respectfully and working hard to achieve your goals. These are values that lead to success in life."
- John Mulligan, Class of 1983
Megan Pokrandt, Class of 2016
“My experience at Regis was wonderful. The teachers are very compassionate and are always willing to take extra time to make sure they provide their students with the best education possible. I am very grateful for the education I received at Regis. I feel that it will really help me in putting my best foot forward into my future.”
- Megan Pokrandt, Class of 2016
Mike Andrews, Regis Parent
"We just feel at home and so do our kids. Regis is a great place to be and it's where our family wants to be."
- Mike Andrews, Regis Parent
Jenae Pederson, Class of 2013
“Regis allows for the opportunities to be involved in many activities - academics, co-curricular, and spiritual - all at the same time. Because of these opportunities, I know I can make a difference with my time, talents and treasures.”
- Jenae Pederson, Class of 2013
Michelle Wampler, Regis Parent
"Years ago, we made the decision to start with Catholic preschool and we haven't looked back. We've enjoyed every moment since then."
- Michelle Wampler, Regis Parent
Danica Lowry, Regis Parent
"I heard a lot of people talk about the Regis family and I didn't really know what that meant. But, after having my kids go here, I really get what that means. It means that everyone really looks out for each other and takes care of one another and it really does feel like a large family."
- Danica Lowry, Regis Parent
Shaughnessy Murphy, Class of 2002
"The Regis motto, "Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow", couldn't be more true. The foundation for my successes today were first forged in the classroom and athletic programs at Regis."
- Shaughnessy Murphy, Class of 2002
Joe Larson, Class of 2016
"I never had any regrets about coming to Regis. I think this is the best place I could be. It is a friendly atmosphere and you get to know the teachers, which is great. They are not just another teacher for you and you are not just another student for them. You really get to know them."
- Joe Larson, Class of 2016
Billy Wampler, Class of 2015
"We start almost every single class with a prayer. We are leaning on God to help us. It gives us an opportunity to learn things a little differently."
- Billy Wampler, Class of 2015
Megan Brooks, Regis Parent
"We like the religion tied into the education at Regis Catholic Schools. It gives our kids the option to decide for themselves what they want to do with their beliefs."
- Megan Brooks, Regis Parent
Julia Lopez, Class of 2016
"We learn about ethics and morals and what Christians would do in certain situations. We just go deeper into religion than I have in any previous Catholic school."
- Julia Lopez, Class of 2016
Jack Usher, Class of 2017
"Regis is absolutely worth every penny that you spend here. It is just the greatest environment, the greatest teachers and the greatest people."
- Jack Usher, Class of 2017
Regan Alexander, Class of 2016
"Students at Regis Catholic Schools are given so many academic opportunities. We have a wide variety of AP courses and you can take online courses through difference colleges. Whatever you're interested in...you can do here!"
- Regan Alexander, Class of 2016
Kristin Rindt, Regis Parent
"My child looks forward to going to school every day. That's huge!"
- Kristin Rindt, Regis Parent

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow

Regis Catholic Schools is dedicated to educating students of all faiths in a Catholic, Christ-centered environment. We are united by Our Core Values of Living Faith, Accepting Responsibility, Promoting Teamwork, Achieving Excellence, and Inspiring Leadership.