International Programs

St. Mary's Ryken has welcomed students from all over the globe - including:

Why St. Mary's Ryken?

We specialize the educational experience for you!

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Focused on each individual student's success, everything at St. Mary's Ryken High School- academics, athletics, social activities - prepares our International student graduates to be successful as they pursue a higher education in selective college and beyond.  International students enjoy specialized services during their years at SMR and yet are able to integrate into every aspect of high school student life. 

  • International student population is less than 3% of student body so students feel unique on campus and easily integrate
  • Full-time International Programs Director for international student support needs - Focused on international student success and integration
  • Specialized Introductory Theology class for first year students
  • Specialized Academic English course for Non-English speakers with emphasis on TOEFL skills needed for our full-immersion English environment
  • Special International Student Events and activities
  • Dedicated International Student office for every aspect of school life and support services
  • Tailored, One-on-One, College Advising for International Students
  • Cross-cultural support 
  • Leadership Development Opportunities and Mentoring
  • 100% acceptance rate for US colleges and universities 
  • Specialized New International Student Orientation week 

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

Are you ready to become a Knight? 

Application requirements:

*Strong academic record - Submit transcripts grades 6-all high school levels completed

*60+ TOEFL or equivalent for 9th grade admissions - increases with grade level

*Desire to enroll in college after graduation from SMR

*Desire to actively participate in SMR academics and extra-curricular activities

Full application information here: 

How to Apply

International students apply to St. Mary's Ryken through one of several international agencies. Choose the agency that works best for you and your family.  Please review the preferred partner agencies page.  (The St. Mary's Ryken online application is for domestic students only.)

Application Process Apply Today

If you have any questions, please contact the Director of International Programs:

Mrs. Cheryl Shevchuk
Tel: 301-475-7667



Interested in Becoming a Host Family?

Host families are an essential for a positive high school experience for our international students.  Host families give their student the opportunity to learn American culture and customs as well as provide a comfortable, safe, supportive environment. Enjoy getting to know one of our amazing international students and make a difference in their lives. SMR is looking for great families!  Get more information today.

Host family basic requirements: 

     Provide a private bedroom and meals

     Transportation for the student 

     Agree to a security/background check for adults in the home

I'm Interested in becoming a Host Family!

For more information, please contact:

Director of International Programs
Cheryl Shevchuk


Cheryl Shevchuk

Cheryl Shevchuk

Director of international Programs
School: ext. 149