About Tree of Life

Tree of Life Christian Schools is nurturing, yet academically rigorous. We have created an environment that is intellectually robust without being institutionally rigid. Our deeply-rooted Christian philosophy of education empowers our partnership with parents in the spiritual, mental, social, and physical development of their children.

Our faculty and staff are united by a desire to see each student grow “in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man.” We have designed our academic programs and curriculum to integrate God’s word and God’s perspectives into every class and every subject. Our goal is for each student to graduate equipped to lead and change the world around them. Our commitment to excellence is evident not only in our current classrooms, but in our ambitious plans for new, state-of-the-art facilities that will serve Tree of Life students for generations to come.

Christian Education

Each subject is taught from a distinctively Christian worldview. God’s word and character are integrated into every class. In addition to this, daily Bible classes and bimonthly chapel programs support the students’ spiritual growth. Students also have the opportunity to participate in class retreats, Bible studies, and service ministries.


Tree of Life Christian Schools is located in Columbus, Ohio – the 15th largest city in the United States. Our high school campus is less than 5 miles from The Ohio State University and less than 10 miles from the Columbus International Airport (CMH).

Growing Strong Academics

In Scripture we read of Samuel’s mother, Hannah, who petitioned God for a son, and then put that son, Samuel, under the nurture and discipline of Eli. The result was that “Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with men.” (I Samuel 2:26). In this instance God shows us a successful partnership between Samuel’s parents and his teacher, Eli. Out of this cooperation grew a man who was a powerful messenger of God to the nation of Israel. At Tree of Life we believe that in such a partnership students will “grow in stature and favor with the Lord and with men”. Our vigorous academic training throughout the high school years prepares students for college and life. Tree of Life students are nurtured and challenged daily to a deeper spiritual walk.

Our High School at a Glance

  • 158 students in the high school
  • 9:1 student: teacher ratio
  • All students receive a Dell Chromebook
  • We offer a wide variety of courses for students:
    • Possibility of earning up to 40 college credits through our dual-credit program in partnership with Urbana University
    • AP Calculus, AP Literature, AP Environmental Science
    • Elective classes (i.e. Foreign Language, Fine Arts, Digital Arts, Performing Arts, Business, Winston Churchill, Advanced Apologetics, and more!) (For more information about the high school curriculum, click here.)

TOLCS Alumni

Academic excellence is important to us at Tree of Life Christian Schools. Our graduates have gone on to attend numerous universities including the following top-ranked institutions*:

Northwestern University (#12) University of Notre Dame (#18)
Case Western Reserve University (#37) University of Illinois (Urbanan – Champaign) (#41)
Pennslyvania State University (#47) The Ohio State University (#52)
George Washington University (#57) University of Pittsburgh (#66)
Indiana University (#75)
*The number next to each university’s name denotes its ranking according to the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Rankings: National Universities

Application Deadline for Fall 2018 Admission: May 2, 2018

Application Deadline for Spring 2019 Admission: October 12, 2018

International Student Admissions Process

The International Student Program (ISP) admissions process is outlined below. Please contact Heather Shah at hshah@tolcs.org if you have questions regarding any of these steps.

1. Complete & Submit the ISP Application Packet

Click here to download the ISP Application Packet

ISP Application Packet

2. Submit the $125 Application Fee

All TOLCS applications require a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $125. Payment may be made by credit card or through PayPal. Please enter the applicant’s name and click on the button below to submit your payment.

Applicant’s Name

3. Submit Supplemental Documents to Tree of Life Christian Schools

After you have submitted your application packet, please submit the following supplemental documents:

A. Official Transcripts

Please submit official transcripts from your last two years of schooling. Any transcript written in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official English translation

B. Official Test Scores

To be considered for admission, you must submit official test scores to demonstrate your English language proficiency.

TOLCS accepts scores from both of the following exams: iTEP SLATE Plus* and TOEFL iBT.

*(For iTEP SLATE Plus test takers in China, please use this link to find a test center near you.)

If you choose to take the TOEFL iBT, please be sure to report your score using our 4-digit Designated Institution code: 7298.

C. Confidential References

The TOLCS ISP requires 3 references to be considered for admission. Please download the References Packet here.

You will need a reference from a recent math teacher, English teacher, and your homeroom teacher or a school official.

You should give the appropriate reference form (from the References Packet) to each of the three individuals listed above. Once they have completed the reference, your teacher/school official must then submit their reference directly to the TOLCS ISP. A reference will not be considered official if it comes directly from the applicant.

4. Interview with Tree of Life Christian Schools

After all application materials are received, the school will contact you to schedule an interview. If it is not possible to conduct the interview in person, a time will be arranged to conduct a video interview via Skype or WeChat.

5. Admission Offer / Enrollment

After the interview is held, you will be contacted by the International Program Director regarding acceptance. If you are admitted to the Tree of Life Christian Schools International Student Program, you will receive an enrollment packet from the school that you must then complete and return with a non-refundable $3,000 deposit.

2018-19 International Student Program Cost – $29,500

International Student Program (ISP)

Included in ISP Cost:

  • School Tuition
  • I-20
  • English as a Second Language class for first year students
  • International Student Bible Class for first year students
  • International Student Support Class
  • Student Dell Chromebook
  • Annual iTEP SLATE Plus examination
  • School Fees
  • School Yearbook
  • Orientation
  • Regular community-building activities
  • Student Accident and Sickness Insurance
  • Regular check-ins with International Program Director

International Homestay Program (IHP)

Included in IHP Cost:

  • 10 months of living with a Christian host family
  • All meals + accommodations
  • Orientation
  • Airport pickup