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Peninsula Heritage Welcomes International Students

Peninsula Heritage School is an approved entity within the United States Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), and as such can generate the I-20 Form necessary for the student to obtain the F-1 Visa to study in the United States. Peninsula Heritage School warmly welcomes international students and we appreciate the diversity and culture they bring to our student body. Within our school’s caring and nurturing environment, international students thrive as they learn the English language and progress in all areas of academics.

The Admission Process

Parents of international students begin the admissions process by emailing the Director of Admissions, Pedro Jimenez, at and stating their interest in applying to Peninsula Heritage School. When ready to apply, families:

  • Apply to Peninsula Heritage School by filling out our online application
  • Send in or drop off our application fee to the school. We will not start the application process without this submitted. Contact Pedro Jimenez for details.
  • Complete “Information Required for I-20 Form".
  • Send in the student’s recent report cards and recent test scores as well as a written recommendation (in English) from a teacher or Head of School.

The Admissions Committee will evaluate the information, and when possible, meet with the student via Zoom. When a decision of acceptance has been made by the Admissions Committee, the I-20 Form will be mailed to the address indicated on the previously submitted form. Parents must pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee at Parents can then make an appointment with the United States Consulate/Embassy to obtain the F-1 Visa. The student and parents take the I-20 Form, proof of payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee, and other required documents to the appointment.

When the student and parents arrive in the United States, we ask that they call the school (310-541-4795) and make arrangements to come and obtain all that is necessary to start the school year.

If parents have questions regarding any phase of the visa process, please contact the Director of Advancement, Joan E. Behrens at

International Student Spotlight

PHS alumni posing for a photo in a USC sweatshirt

Chris attended Peninsula Heritage in 8th grade and quickly learned English and made friends with his classmates. He went to high school at Vistamar and is now studying Psychology at USC.


Information Required for the 1-20 Form

Application to apply to Peninsula Heritage