English Help for all Classes

The International Student Program at Willow Bend Academy is different. The other private schools require English proficiency. Willow Bend Academy teaches students to listen, speak, read and write English in order to become successful in college.

Classes are very small (no more than 8) and students spend much time with the teachers. International students receive extra personal help that U.S. students do not receive. Students can advance as quickly as they are able. They do not have to wait for others before moving forward.

Students may begin class anytime during the school year.  It is not necessary to wait until August or January to begin.

Willow Bend Academy can issue a Certificate of Eligibility Form (I-20), so students may obtain the F-1 Visa.  Once the F-1 visa has been granted, students may remain in the USA as long as they are a full time student – whether in secondary school or college.

International students attend class with their American classmates from 8:15 am to 12:15 pm with extra help provided to understand both the textbooks and test questions. Students may either bring lunch or purchase lunch from the nearby restaurants. The Intensive English class begins at 1:00 pm. Students are grouped according to English proficiency.

Learning to speak, read and write English is most important. Understanding spoken English and being able to read write clearly will be needed to succeed in college.

If your student already has an F-1 Visa through another school, it can be transferred to Willow Bend Academy.

Colleges and Universities

Many universities require applicants to pass the TOEFL test before being accepted.  We will administer the TOEFL Junior to all International Students at least once each year.  This allows us to document progress and will allow the student to make better college decisions.

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is required of all students who enroll in Texas colleges and universities. The test includes math, reading and writing.  Students who do not pass any section of the test will NOT BE ALLOWED to take college credit courses in that subject until they have completed a series of developmental courses in those subjects.

In order to better prepare students for the Texas State Initiative (TSI), we require new International students to participate in our Intensive English courses which meets daily from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

International student graduates of Willow Bend Academy have continued their education at local colleges including Collin College and Richland College and at major universities including Delaware State University, Florida International University, Ohio State University and University of Texas locations at Arlington, Austin and Dallas.


  • Intensive English Program helps prepare students for college success.
  • Extra help in the morning class gives students a better chance to understand assignments.
  • TOEFL Junior test is given at the beginning and end of the school year.
  • F-1 Visa can be transferred from other schools
  • Monthly field trips introduce students to cultural and historical sites.

2019-2020 school year tuition and fees ( $20,000 for full day schedule) includes:

$500 Annual Registration Fee

$16,100 Annual On-Campus Tuition (Includes intensive English classes.)

$600 Annual Curriculum Fee

$300 Annual Technology Fee

$2,500 Annual International Student Fee

Total = $20,000 ($500 required to register, $19,500 due before attending classes)



“I came to WBA with little English… Now two years have passed, I am taking honors classes and I am currently a member of NHS [National Honor Society].” – international student`