Become a Host Family

Greetings,

The King’s Academy is seeking dynamic, Christian families who are interested in providing a safe and nurturing home for international students. If you live within a 30 minute commute of the school, subscribe to TKA’s Statement of Faith, and have an extra bedroom, you are eligible to apply.

Please take a look at these frequently asked questions relating to becoming a Host Family:

When do students arrive and depart and will they spend holidays / vacations with our family?
Students arrive in early August and leave at the end of the school year. Students return home for the summer months and many choose to travel home at Christmas break. In the past, most students have chosen to spend the Thanksgiving and Spring Break holidays with their host family.
Are there any liability or insurance issues that I should be concerned about?
Students have their own insurance policy and spending money. TKA requires (and will assist you with the completion of) the necessary legal paperwork to ensure that your family and the student are properly covered and that you have the necessary legal rights to care for your student.
What should I expect in terms of expenses for our family?
In addition to a safe and nurturing environment, host families are asked to provide their student(s) with three nutritious meals each day, transportation, internet access, and access to any other appropriate academic materials. Each international student will be given a daily lunch credit in the cafeteria on school days when lunch is served. Most major activities, trips, and fees associated with being a student at TKA will be covered by the student’s Integration Fee. The student will be responsible for activities and events not covered by this fee. In exchange for your incurred expenses, participating families will be compensated with a monthly stipend for each month the student resides with the family over the 10-month period.
How does transportation work?
Students are assigned host families located in safe and respectable areas. Host families are expected to provide safe transportation to and from school each day. The travel time from the home to school should average no more than 30 minutes each way. International students are eligible for TKA school bus transportation. International students are not allowed to possess or drive a vehicle while in the host family environment. All students must arrive on time for school and stay for the entire school day.  Host families will provide transportation to and from necessary appointments to maintain school and/or program compliance. Host families should also assist in providing for or arranging transportation for social and extracurricular activities. We encourage host families to develop a system with your international student for communicating extracurricular schedules and transportation needs. Host families are asked to meet the normal transportation needs that a student may have.
Do I need to speak a foreign language?
No. In fact, we prefer that you don’t (at least not the native language of your student). Students who are admitted into the program have demonstrated the ability to speak conversational English and learning to speak English fluently is one of their primary motivations for coming to the US. The best way for you to help your student reach their goals is to communicate with them as often as possible in English.
Is it true that all of the students are Chinese?
No. While the enrollment picture for the upcoming school year is still being shaped, we’ve received international student inquiries and applications from: Russia, Tunisia, Brazil, South Africa, Korea, Bangladesh, Mexico, Vietnam, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, Italy, Indonesia, Kenya, and China. Currently we have students in our program from 15 different countries. While there is large market demand from Chinese students, we have capped the total number of Chinese students we will admit to The King’s Academy. We greatly value diversity within our program.
Are there any other expectations for host families?
The primary goal of our Host Family program is to provide a home environment for international students that will enrich and uphold the mission of the school through a loving and supportive family experience.

Living with an American family enables our students to gain first-hand cultural understanding. That is a big responsibility for our host families that does demand time and attention of each member of the host family. Host families should treat international students as if they were members of their own family; involving them in activities, events, and communication. Families should encourage students to become active participants in their church and should expect to monitor the student’s academic, social, spiritual, and physical well-being in the same way that you would for your own child.

Hosting an international student is an incredible opportunity to evangelize through your own testimony. TKA provides regular opportunities for communication with the student’s natural parents and plan student life events throughout the year that are designed to assist in this process of cultural integration.

What if there is a problem or an emergency?
TKA provides host families with dedicated local assistance, training, and 24/7 emergency support throughout the school year. Help is always a phone call or text away.

If you would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity to make a difference in a young person’s life, fill out the form on the right so we can contact you.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact the International Student Program Office at +1 561-686-4244, Ext. 373 or Email ISP


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