Established in 1973, Orange Lutheran High School (Lutheran High School of Orange County) is a top-tier private Christian high school in Southern California, welcoming international students from all around the globe.


Orange Lutheran offers high-level college-preparatory academics, including many Advanced Placement (AP) and honors-level courses. Additionally, OLu offers a well-rounded educational experience, including theology, athletics, visual and performing arts, Student Life and ASB, and much more.


So we can best meet the needs of our international students and their families, we have established our International Student Program, which allows OLu to deliver comprehensive resources to a diverse population of learners. Students who enroll at Orange Lutheran High School as international students by way of status, application, interview, and records, will retain their status as an “International Student” for the duration of their tenure. The International Student tuition and fees policies apply for all years at Orange Lutheran High School.


If permanent residency is obtained at any time during the student’s tenure at OLu, students may petition or challenge for placement into the Permanent Resident Program. Petitions or challenges are offered once annually at the beginning of each school year, and must demonstrate qualifying English Proficiency exam scores as described below in our Permanent Resident Program.


In addition to our International Student Program, we also serve those who are permanent residents of the United States and currently hold a valid green card. Although not directly affiliated with our International Student Program, those who hold valid permanent residency must apply as International Students to allow our team to effectively evaluate and determine the need for additional support. Students holding a valid green card may be eligible for our Permanent Resident Program by meeting our minimum requirement for one of our accepted English Proficiency exams.

Click here to view the English Proficiency Score Qualifications.


If you have any questions or concerns, please email international@lhsoc.org.


Visit our campus and experience what it feels like to be a Lancer! Campus visits for prospective international students and their families are available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm by appointment only.


The applications for international students will be reviewed after all of the following steps are completed and the $200 application fee has been received.

Step 1: Create a SchoolAdmin account and click create an account, then follow the steps

Step 2: Submit your application on SchoolAdmin and $200 application fee

Step 3: Log in to your SchoolAdmin profile to complete the Admissions Checklist. Please see Supplemental Application Documents for additional application pieces. Note: Many items will require a parent’s signature. Scanned copies can be emailed directly to international@lhsoc.org.

Step 3: After an online application and all documents have been received, the International Admissions Coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview and placement test (if needed).

Step 4: Students will be notified of admission decision via email within two weeks of interview date.

Step 5: Within 10 days of admission decision notification, students must complete the OLu Commitment form and submit the registration fee online. Once the registration fee has been paid, the International Admissions Coordinator will mail the student their I-20 visa. For transfer students, Orange Lutheran’s I-20 will be issued after the student’s SEVIS record is released from their current school.



2023-2024 Tuition & Fees:

  • Tuition (due June) – $34,965
  • Mandatory Health Insurance (due June) – $750*
  • International Student Registration Fee (non-refundable and non-transferable) – $1,750
  • Late Fee (assessed on all past due amounts) – $30

*Fee may be waived with valid proof of insurance


Age Requirement for Admission

  • Students must be at least 14 years of age to be eligible to enroll at the start of their freshman year.
  • Student must graduate prior to the age of 20.

English Proficiency Requirement for Admission

In order to be considered for admission, the student must present proof of one of the following:

  • TOEFL iBT – minimum score of 73
  • TOEFL Jr. – minimum score of 800
  • iTEP SLATE – minimum score of 4.3
  • IELTS – minimum score of 6.0
  • Duolingo English Test – minimum score of 95


About the Duolingo English Test:

The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with Orange Lutheran when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.


StudentRoomStay Concierge is the Homestay Partner for Orange Lutheran High School. All international students are required to find a homestay if not living with a parent or guardian over the age of 25 in the U.S. For more information on viable homestay companies, email international@lhsoc.org.


English Language Development

Orange Lutheran does not offer an English as a Second Language (ESL) program, therefore, the international students are expected to know English well enough to handle all classes without any special assistance or modifications. However, all international students must take an English Language Development (ELD) course. This class is taken in conjunction with their English class during their first year.


Counseling and Continued Support

All International Students are supported by our Counseling department.


How many international students attend Orange Lutheran?

Our school is home to approximately 65 international students from many countries around the world.

When do international students take the placement test?

This varies based on their acceptance date. There are scheduled placement test dates, however, if students are traveling from outside the country, it can be offered prior to the start of the school year.

Are international students eligible to receive financial aid?

Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for any form of financial aid.

Can international students take online classes?

Yes, international students are eligible to take online classes; however, the international student tuition rate applies. For more information and limitations, please email international@lhsoc.org.