International Students Program
Coventry High School welcomes international students! We believe that international students bring greater diversity to our school community and provide opportunities for American students to learn more about other cultures and the world.
- About Coventry High School
- Why Coventry High School?
- Living in Coventry
- How to apply
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Information for Host Families
Coventry High School serves approximately 450 students in grades 9-12. Our community believes in preparing students to become life-long learners by providing a challenging environment that supports the development and use of concepts, knowledge, skills, and ethics that meet the expectations of the global, interdependent society of the 21st century.
Coventry High School welcomes international students for one year of study and the opportunity to live with a local host family.
At Coventry High School we believe international student exchange can promote greater diversity in our school community and create opportunities for U.S. and international students to learn about other cultures and gain a better understanding of people around the world.
CHS students have many opportunities to earn college credit by enrolling in cooperative programs with local colleges and universities.
- Connecticut high schools are among the very best in the nation, with almost 40% of its schools ranked in the top 25% nationwide.
- CHS was ranked by The Washington Post as one of "America's Most Challenging High Schools" in 2017
- Connecticut High School Principal of the Year - 2019
- Ranked #34 in Best High Schools in Connecticut (out of 228) from U.S. News, April 2022
- Numerous CHS teachers have been chosen to participate in Advanced Placement Program Reading
For all of our students, we offer a wide range of courses that can earn college credits. We have Advanced Placement courses in:
- AP English Literature
- AP English Language
- AP Biology
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Chemistry
- AP Physics
- AP Calculus
- AP Statistics
- AP U.S. History
- AP Art History
- AP Psychology
- AP World History
- AP European History
- AP Computer Science
- AP Economics
- AP Music Theory
- AP Seminar
- AP Research
Coventry High School is affiliated with the University of Connecticut Early College Experience Program (ECE). UConn ECE provides academically motivated students the opportunity to take university courses while in high school. These challenging courses allow students to preview college work, build confidence in their readiness for college and earn college credits that are highly transferable to other universities. Available classes include:
- Art (Drawing)
- English (Academic Writing)
- French (Global Culture; Grammar & Composition)
- U.S. History
- Discrete Math
- Spanish (intermediate Composition; Conversation)
For more detailed information regarding our curriculum, please see the Curriculum section of our website.
Coventry High School takes great pride in its sports teams. Recent successes include:
Basketball, Girls: 2022 Runner-up
Baseball: 2019 State Champions; 2018 Runner-up
Volleyball, Girls: 2017 & 2015 State Champions; 2018 Runner-up
Soccer, Boys: 2016 State Champions; 2015 Runner-up
Indoor Track, Boys: 2017 Runner-up
Cross Country, Boys: 2016 Runner-up
CHS offers 16 varsity sports, as well as junior varsity and recreational sports.
Fall: Cross Country, Football (boys), Soccer, Volleyball (girls)
Winter: Basketball, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Swimming & Diving, Wrestling (boys)
Spring: Baseball (boys), Golf, Outdoor Track, Softball (girls), Tennis (girls), Lacrosse (boys), Crew, Ultimate Frisbee
For more information about our Athletics program, please see the Coventry High School Athletics page.
Coventry High School offers a variety of ways to get involved in the school community. Students can easily find a club or activity to match their interests:
- Art Club
- Band – Jazz, Concert, Marching & Ensembles
- Tri-M Music Honor Society
- Best Buddies
- Business National Honor Society
- Drama Club
- Future Business Leaders of America
- Gender & Sexuality Alliance
- National Honor Society
- Student Council
My times at Coventry High School were just awesome. I loved the school atmosphere and classes and other activities. And I was also a member of the track team, which was unforgettable. I tried a new sport and pushed myself as hard as my team members. And I volunteered a lot at the library and had fun while doing that. Overall Coventry High School was just a great experience and I could not ask for more.
Baglan from Kazakhstan, Spring 2019
Studying in an American public high school is great, and in some ways better than private schools. Even though Coventry High School is relatively smaller school than most public schools, it provides great education to every single student, as well as amazing AP programs and college-prep courses. Also, from my experience of playing varsity soccer (football) after school, the athletic programs play a profound role of enhancing students' extracurricular life. This year has changed my life.
Jerry from China, 2018-2019
Thank you for helping us host some international students. It was great fun having them! We learned a lot about their culture and family life as they learned first hand about America. We would look forward to hosting again!
Terrie, Host Mom in Coventry
It was a true gift to coach Jerry for a season. Jerry quickly made lifetime friendships and forever will have a second home in Coventry.
Varsity Soccer Coach, Coventry High School
Coventry is a small, semi-rural town located in the “quiet corner” of northeastern Connecticut. Close to both the state’s capital city of Hartford and the University of Connecticut, Coventry has historic sites, a beautiful lake with beaches for swimming and boating, antique shops, restaurants, parks, trails and a welcoming community.
Founded in 1712, Coventry offers many historic sites including the birthplace of Nathan Hale, Connecticut’s state hero, and Stonewalls, home of renowned sculptor David Hayes. The town is comprised primarily of single family homes and there are also several working farms. The Coventry Public School system consists of one grammar school (K-2), one intermediate school (3-5), one middle school (6-8) and one high school (9-12).
Miles to Boston: 76 (122 km)
Miles to New York: 113 (182 km)
Students must apply through our partner organization Educatius International https://www.educatius.org/.
International students interested in attending Coventry High School must meet the following admission requirements:
- be at least 14 years of age and not over 18 years of age on the first day of school
- plan to live in Coventry, CT with an approved host family
- demonstrate English language proficiency by providing an ELTiS or TOEFL score (for exam taken within one year of application)
- participate in an English-language interview (conducted via Skype, Zoom, or telephone)
- demonstrate academic preparation by submitting official transcripts of previous school work
- demonstrate maturity and emotional readiness for a study abroad experience
- complete an international student application that includes letters of recommendation, an essay, and parental/guardian information.
If accepted, international students must also provide the following:
- medical history, physical exam and immunization information
- copy of passport
- two or three photos of student (may be with family and friends) and short descriptions
- host family information (Educatius will provide host family services)
- program fees (tuition, host family services, medical insurance, and other fees paid directly to Educatius)
- How do I apply to Coventry High School?
- What are the eligibility requirements for admission?
- Can I study at CHS for only one semester?
- Can I study at CHS for more than one year?
- Can I receive a high school diploma from CHS?
- Can I earn college or university credit while I attend CHS?
- Can I attend CHS if I already graduated from high school in my home country?
- Will I live with a host family in Coventry?
- How will I get to and from school?
- Can I play sports at CHS?
- Can I join clubs, band or chorus at CHS?
- Be at least 14 years of age and not over 18 years of age on the first day of school
- Plan to live in Coventry, CT with an approved friend, relative or host family
- Demonstrate English language proficiency by providing an English language test score
- Participate in an English-language interview (conducted via Skype, Zoom, telephone or in person)
- Demonstrate academic preparation by submitting official transcripts of previous school work
- Demonstrate maturity and emotional readiness for a study abroad experience
Every international student who comes to Coventry High School needs a caring host family!
All kinds of families make great hosts - young kids, old kids, no kids, two parents, single parent, empty nesters - there is no "typical" family! Host families must:
- be English-speaking
- offer their student a bedroom with their own bed and closet/dresser
- provide a quiet place to study and three meals per day
The application process includes an interview and a criminal background check.
Connect with the world - broaden your horizons when a young person from another culture joins your family and share your culture with them
Support your local school and community - help introduce Coventry's youth to other cultures
- Expand your family forever - many host families create bonds with their student that will last a lifetime
- Earn a stipend to support the cost of hosting - our partner organization Educatius will provide a monthly stipend to support the cost of feeding and hosting your international students.
International students may attend CHS for the whole academic year or for one semester.
Visit Educatius for hosting details and to apply (https://www.educatius.org/become-a-host-family).
Opportunities for volunteer host families
If you are interested in housing an international student and you don't want to receive a hosting stipend, contact Susan Frarie (firstname.lastname@example.org), International Student Coordinator at CHS, for more information.