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Admissions Process:

Step 1: Complete application with $100 by February 1

Step 2: Complete essay

  • Respond to the following: Who has had the greatest impact on your life?
  • Submit a graded writing sample from a history or an English course.

Step 3: Submit school transcript

Step 4: Submit two teacher recommendations (English & mathematics

Step 5: Arrange interview (See below for more information)

Step 6: Submit standardized testing score report (SSAT, ISEE and/or TOEFL)

We encourage all families to join us here on campus so that you may have an opportunity to meet current students and speak with them about their Perk experience.  While on campus you will have an opportunity to tour the facilities as well as interview with one of our Admission Directors.  Please schedule your campus visit today by contacting

If a campus visit is not possible for you and your family, we are more than happy to schedule a Skype interview or an off campus interview, when possible.  The Skype interview does require video capability.  Please schedule your Skype interview today by contacting

Tuition and Fees

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a separate application for international students?

International students complete the same application process as non-international applicants.  Please complete the Perk online application or students may complete the common applications through SSAT or TABS.  

Students who complete the admissions process according to the deadline of February 1 can expect to receive an admissions decision by March 10.  Any applicants who apply outside of the standard timeframe will be considered on a space available basis.

Does Perk require standardized testing for admission?

Perk requires that applicants complete one standardized test.  There are several different test options but students need to complete one test for submission. Please submit the listed codes appropriate to your testing center so that we may receive the score reports from the testing center directly.

TOEFL - 2040

ISEE - 570288

SSAT - 5740

Is financial aid available to international students?

Consideration of financial aid for international students is conducted on a case by case basis.  It is uncommon for an international student to be awarded aid.  Families must complete the Parent Financial Statement detailing their financial circumstances.  Completion of the application does not ensure that a financial aid award will be offered.

Does Perk offer English as a Second Language courses?

Perk offers English as a Second Language courses throughout the academic year.  The intermediate to advanced English language learner receives specially designed instruction in sheltered content courses in English, history and science. The overall focus of the ESL department is to help international students successfully integrate into mainstream academic classes.  Perk also offers a summer ESL program.  The program is available to all international applicants and attendance may be required by the admissions office.  

How do I obtain a visa?

A visa can be secured by students once they have received their I-20 from Perk.  A student must attend their visa interview with their acceptance documents and I-20.  Students are issued an I-20 by Perk after the following documents have been received:

Documents Needed for a Visa Application

After receiving the I-20, students must apply, in person, for a visa at the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy in their home country. For specific information regarding consulates and embassies worldwide, including addresses and hours of operation, refer to the State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs website. It is always wise to call ahead to inquire whether an appointment is necessary and to confirm what documents are needed.

All students should bring the following documents when applying for a visa:

  • Completed Nonimmigrant Visa Application (Form DS-160) confirmation page.
  • Completed I-20 from the school you plan to attend. Do not bring I-20s from schools you do not plan to attend.
  • Passport, which must be valid for at least six months after your proposed date of entry into the U.S.
  • Letter of admission from the school you plan to attend.
  • Financial documentation that shows sufficient funds to cover the cost of tuition, room and board, books, and other related expenses.

Occasionally, students will be asked to provide additional information. In order to avoid multiple trips to the consulate or embassy, you should be prepared to show other information including;

  • Transcripts from previous institutions attended.
  • Scores from standardized tests used in the admission process, such as the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Secondary Level English Proficiency (SLEP).


For additional information on the visa process, please review the information provided by The Association of Boarding Schools.

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