Admissions – International Students

At O’Gorman High School, we love sharing our faith-based community with students from all over the world! We are excited that you are considering OGHS for your education and look forward to helping students who, like you, who are considering continuing their education in the United States.

O’Gorman High School is SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System) approved.  For more information and applications, see below.

Our School

OGHS is a four-year Catholic High School comprised of approximately 750 students. OGHS is proud to have been named a “No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Blue Ribbon School” by the United States Department of Education and a top 50 Catholic high school on the National Catholic High School Honor Roll for seven consecutive years.

Our professional and dedicated staff and faculty, along with outstanding parental support, help our students reach their potential in a safe, positive, and faith-filled environment. OGHS has a comprehensive instructional program including many advanced placement/college courses, which serve as dual credit options for the vast majority of students who are college bound, as well as a developed foundations curriculum designed to broaden instruction to reach differentiated learners. OGHS’s dual credit program provides students with 60 college credits.

Ninety-eight percent of our graduates go on to post-secondary education.

OGHS Recognizes the Needs of International Students

Coming to a high school in a foreign country can be a daunting experience for any teenager. To ease the transition, OGHS provides programs designed especially for international students.

All international students are required to attend an International Student Orientation in August. This program introduces the students to the school and its policies, enables them to make schedule adjustments and to take care of necessary arrangements (i.e., books, uniform clothing, supplies) prior to the actual start of classes. Orientation also provides a time for international students to meet their peers, get acquainted with their new school, and ask questions of faculty and staff. Orientation is required and involves an interview for international students and guardians (or host families) with an OGHS faculty member. Placement testing is also conducted at this time.

During the school year, OGHS offers a “US Language and Culture” course designed to further acclimate international students to the culture and climate of OGHS. We also provide opportunities for international students to make a smoother transition to our high school through our International Club. This organization offers social opportunities outside of the classroom.

Things to do

  • Sioux Falls offers a wide variety of attractions and entertainment all year round! Here are a few highlights!
  • Falls Park: the city’s namesake is a triple-cascading waterfall located in the heart of the city. Nightly light shows, walking and biking trails, with restaurants and shopping close by.
  • The Washington Pavilion: Kirby Science Center: Visual Arts Museum: Experience Science, Theater, and Art all in one incredible location.
  • The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History.
  • Historic Downtown Sioux Falls has many unique restaurants, shops, museums and galleries including Sculpture Walk, an exciting exhibit of sculptures from around the world.
  • The Outdoor Campus features South Dakota exhibits, classes and walking trails and on the same campus.
  • Explore the Sertoma Butterfly House and Purdy Marine Cove.
  • Sioux Falls has 20 plus miles of biking and walking trails along the Big Sioux River.
  • Try Ultimate Frisbee or Frisbee golf.
  • Sioux Falls has many public swimming pools, tennis courts and affordable golf courses.
  • Go fishing.
  • Canoeing and Kayaking on the Big Sioux River and nearby lakes.
  • There’s a Go-Kart park, a trampoline park, skateboard parks and video gaming venues.
  • Downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, snow shoeing and ice skating in the winter.
  • Rock climbing at nearby Palisades State Park.
  • Play recreational soccer or softball or attend a game of professional basketball or hockey.
  • Experience Pheasant hunting season in the fall.
  • There are movie theaters, bowling alleys and shopping malls too!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are you SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System) approved and can you issue I-20 to international students? Yes.

2. Do you require a TOEFL test, and what TOEFL score do you require for admissions, and do you offer English as a Second Language, (ESL) courses? We do not have ESL classes. Students are expected to come in with the English proficiency to succeed. We typically use the Secondary Level of English Proficiency test (SLEP) and require a strong score for admission.

3. How many international students do you have, and where are they usually from? We have anywhere from 8 to 20 international students during any given year. Students come from all over the world, including China, Turkestan, Brazil, Germany, Slovakia, and more.

4. What is the application deadline for fall, 2013? Application deadline is April 1st which gives us time to review the application and get the required information for completion of the I-20 if the student is accepted.

5. What is the tuition for international students for 2013? Current tuition is $6,240 annually, not including class fees and living expenses.

6. Do you arrange host families for international students? Although we do not currently have a formal system in place for finding host families for students, we will try to assist when possible. Once we have all the information from the student, and the student is accepted, we will put something out to our families to see if anyone is interested in hosting a student, but there are no guarantees that a host family will be found. Some students go through international programs which help in locating host families.  Also, if OGHS finds a host family there may be an arrangement in which the student’s family pays the host family a monthly stipend.

7. What is the average Scholastic Aptitude Test, (SAT), and what colleges do your students usually go to? O’Gorman graduates attend colleges and universities all over the nation. The majority of our students take the American College Testing, (ACT), exam and not the SAT.  Testing results can be found on our school profile. Here is the link:

If you would like to visit personally with someone from your country, who is currently studying here, please contact us at (011)1-605-575-3318.


Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA

Sioux Falls, South Dakota is located in the “Heart of America”, bordering Iowa and Minnesota. Sioux Falls is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. Sioux Falls is conveniently located at the junction of Interstates 90 and 29 on the banks of the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls is South Dakota’s largest city. It is 2 ½ hours from Omaha, Nebraska; 4 hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; and 5 hours from Des Moines, Iowa.

A Few Fast Facts

  • Population: 156,300
  • Metro Population: 228,261
  • Area: 73.66 square miles
  • Altitude: 1,422 feet above sea level
  • Latitude: 43° 32’ 50” • Longitude: 96° 43’ 48”

Average Temperatures

  • Summer: High: 84°F/Low: 62°F
  • Fall: High: 60°F/Low: 36°F
  • Winter: High: 29°F/Low: 10°F
  • Spring: High: 59°F/Low: 34°F

Sioux Falls Cost of Living: Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Sioux Falls, SD is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Sioux Falls, SD is more expensive.

Overall, Sioux Falls, SD cost of living is 99.80.

International Student Tuition Contract

International Student Admittance Policy

International Student Application

International Student Contract

International Student Physical

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