Pope John XXIII High School International Homestay Program

Pope John International Student
Homestay Program

International students may apply independently or through agencies to attend Pope John as international “homestay” students.  If you are interested in this program, you may apply directly to Pope John using the online application and once accepted, make a deposit of $2,000 to PJHS for issuance of an I-20. This is required so you may apply for a Visa.  Students are accepted into all grades.

International homestay students must make their own living arrangements near Pope John XXIII High School.  Comprehensive tuition for this program for the 2018-19 school year is $16,500.

For our Homestay Program, please apply online or contact:

Mrs. Mary Chrisos
International Admissions
Pope John XXIII High School
888 Broadway
Everett, MA  02149
617.389.0240  x1400

Application Process

Students applying for the Homestay Program must submit the following materials for admission:

  • An application form (online or download a hard copy)
  • A copy of the student’s transcript listing his/her grades
  • Three letters of recommendation (English teacher and Mathematics teacher, as well as, an administrative letter
  • A letter in which a student describes his/her educational goals
  • Results from a standardized English proficiency test
  • Proof of financial responsibility
  • A copy of his/her passport
  • Online application may be found here 
  • PJHS international application
  • Mailing address: Pope John XXIII High School, International Admissions, 888 Broadway, Everett, MA   02149
  • email: mchrisos@popejohnhs.org


Medical Requirements for International Students

Massachusetts law requires that all students be immunized prior to enrollment.  The school nurse will review all health records at the beginning of the school year.  Students who require additional vaccinations must comply before being allowed in the classroom.  It is also required that all students receive a physical examination from a physician in Massachusetts.  Students should expect to incur this expense.

Required vaccinations are as follows:

  • DTaP/DTP/DT/TD (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus)  Four doses of DTaP/DTP or three or more does of TD; plus one TD booster
  • Hepatitis B – Three doses
  • Polio – Three or more doses
  • MMR (measles, mumps rubella) – Two doses measles, one mumps, and one rubella
  • Varicella (chicken pox) – Two doses
  • Meningococcal – One doseIt is imperative that every student provide the school with complete medical history records, especially if a student is taking any presribed medicine.

All students must have  and provide proof of complete medical insurance upon enrollment.

College Counseling

Pope John combines an excellent academic program with an outstanding college counseling program to fully prepare its students to compete at the next level of education.  It has placed 94% of it graduating class into institutions of higher education with recent graduates gaining acceptance to Bentley College, Boston College, Boston University, Emmanuel, George Washington University, Mass College of Pharmacy, Northeastern University, Smith College, Syracuse University, University of Massachusetts, Wellesley College as well as other nationally ranked universities.


International students are encouraged to bring their own laptop.  Pope John does have wireless internet access.  As a supplement to the student’s own computer, the Pope John library allows access to its bank of computers as well.  All students will be issued a popejohnhs.org email address.

The school website at www.popejohnhs.org, contains most of the information that parents or guardians may need.  Parents and students are urged to check this site regularly for up to date school information.


Pope John is located in Everett, Massachusetts which is less than five miles north of Boston and less than three miles from the Atlantic Ocean.  The campus facilities include an auditorium, gymnasium, cafeteria, nurse’s office and a library/media center. There is a residence hall is on the top floor of the main school building.


Pope John students are afforded the opportunity to travel locally, nationally, and internationally in group tours organized by Pope John. This past year, students thoroughly enjoyed trips around New England to include skiing in Vermont, apple picking, and white water rafting in Maine, as well as, New York City and Peru.  the trips are fully planned for the students and are chaperoned by teaching staff and school administrators.