What Are Some of the Requirements to Register for School in the United States?


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Many U.S. schools require U.S. citizens to fill out and send in school applications, provide transcripts from previous institutions of study and perform entry tests such as the SAT and ACT that correspond to school level. International students may have to take tests in English and provide international student documentation.

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Parents of elementary school students can visit their school district's website for application specifics. For example, the Kansas City School District has parents and students choose their schools from the list of early learning, neighborhood and signature schools. Parents can then download school applications or pick them up from the schools of their choices. They then fill out and send in their applications to one of the addresses listed on the district website.

Some U.S. high schools, such as Xavier High School in Connecticut, require freshman students to fill out entry applications, write introductory essays, provide transcripts for sixth through eighth grades, pay the accompanying application fees and provide letters of recommendations. Applicants need also to adhere to the application timetables provided on the school website.

International students entering St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, New York need to partake in oral interviews to demonstrate their mastery of English. The school website also lists English language level requirements, as well as specific grade requirements for different nations.

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