International Students

The Salesian College Preparatory International Program is for high school students from outside the United States interested in a one-year to multiple-year program.  Voted "Best Faith-Based High School" over the last five consecutive years, we welcome applications from international students and value the cultural diversity and individual gifts that international students bring to the student body.  We encourage students who are bright, inquisitive, imaginative and compassionate to apply.  This program is highly competitive, and we accept a limited number of students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 each year.  Students have attended our school from Brazil, China, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. 

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.


Salesian College Preparatory is located in Richmond, California within the East San Francisco Bay Area.  The secluded and gated campus spans 21 acres surrounded by majestic redwood and pine trees, Wildcat Creek and flowering gardens.  

Salesian currently offers van service covering various East Bay communities including Berkeley / Oakland, Fairfield / Vallejo, Hercules / Pinole and Martinez/Concord / Pittsburg.

  • Salesian is 9 miles away from University of California, Berkeley

  • Salesian is 10 miles from Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville

  • Salesian is 11 miles away from Oracle Arena in Oakland

  • Salesian is 45 miles from the Silicon Valley (Google, Twitter, Facebook, Cisco Systems, SalesForce)

Program Details

  • One-year and multiple-year programs available. 
  • Full immersion: International Students whose English level is sufficient attend classes alongside all the other students.
  • Success in our curriculum is largely dependent on the student’s ability to respond to course material in writing. While we provide ESL courses, we do expect international students to be proficient in English speaking, reading and writing.

English As A Second Language (ESL) Course

Our international students participate in an ESL course (four days per week) which allows them to develop better English vocabulary and grammatical structures so that they can successfully communicate. Also, students will develop literary and analytical skills which will enable them to be successful in future courses. Every unit will develop students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Application Process

Our international high students applying for admission should follow the instructions listed below. Please contact Director of Admissions, Christina Karabinis ( or (510) 234-4433 ext. 1416) if you have any questions.

An international student’s application must include the following:

1. Online application: Apply Now

2. Test results from one of the following (within the past six months): TOEFL, TOEFL Jr., iTEP SLATE, ELITiS, or IELTS.

3. Transcript/Grade Report

  • 7th and 8th Grade Transcript (for incoming 9th graders)
  • 9th grade Transcript (for incoming 10th graders)
  • 9th and 10th Transcripts (for incoming 11th graders)

4. Recommendation forms:

  • Math Teacher Recommendation
  • English Teacher Recommendation
  • Administrator/Counselor Recommendation

5. Copy of front page of passport

6. Interview via Skype (All candidates must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English)

Supporting documents should be mailed to:
Salesian College Preparatory
Office of Admissions
2851 Salesian Ave.
Richmond, CA94804

Or emailed to:
Director of Admissions, Christina Karabinis

Visits by Family

We love to meet our students' parents and families.  If you are planning a visit to the U.S., please let us know so that we can meet you in person and provide a tour of our beautiful campus.  Below are some hotel recommendations in the area:

  • Hyatt Place Emeryville / San Francisco Bay Area, 5700 Bay Street, Emeryille, CA 94609 - (510 285-9232

  • Hyatt House Emeryville / San Francisco Bay Area, 5800 Shellmound St, Emeryville, CA 94608•(510) 601-5880

  • Courtyard by Marriott, Oakland / Emeryville, 555 Shellmound Street, CA 94608 - (510) 652-8777

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Berkeley Marina, 200 Marina Boulevard, Berkeley, CA 94710 - (510) 548-7920

Director of Admissions:
Christina Karabinis
or (510) 234-4433, ext. 1416

Admissions Coordinator:
Rebecca Mangle
or (510) 234-4433, ext. 1001