FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS
The Central Community School Board welcomes the participation in international student exchange programs. Prior to approval of an exchange program by the School Board, the Superintendent or his/her designee shall review the program's qualifications to assure compliance with all state, federal, and School Board requirements. Participation in any foreign exchange program shall be subject to the following:
Foreign exchange agencies must be registered with the Superintendent
or his/her designee, must be listed by the Council for Standards
on International Education Travel, and must be approved by the
U.S. Department of State to qualify for J-1 visas.
The contract used by the sponsoring agency between sponsor and
student must be on file and approved by the Superintendent or his/her
The sponsoring agency must have a local representative who resides within fifty (50) miles of the Central Community School District, and who is available to meet with school personnel, the student, and the host family.
The exchange student must reside with a legal resident of the
community of Central.
The student must possess a J-1 visa.
As of September 1 of the program year, the student must meet
junior or senior placement status.
The student must not have received a high school diploma or
its equivalent from his/her home school.
The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0
or above for the previous two (2) years of study.
As required by the International Exchange Agencies, the student
must have sufficient knowledge of the English language to produce
effective oral and written communication, to use instructional materials
and textbooks printed in English, and to function in the regular education
program without special services such as Special Education or English
as a Second Language. A letter of recommendation from an
English/language teacher endorsing the student's proficiency in English
must be included in the application materials.
An official transcript from the student's home school must be sent to and received by the assigned Central High School by August 1 of the student's attendance year in order to determine placement.
Students will be placed in grades according to Carnegie
unit totals as indicated in the Pupil Progression Plan for
No student shall be classified as a 12th grader for the
purpose of receiving a diploma unless all Carnegie unit requirements
for Louisiana high school graduation can be met by the spring
Students must meet all state and local requirement for graduation.
By August 1 of the attending year, the student shall present the following documents to the attending school with a request to attend:
Health and immunization records
Evidence of health and accident insurance for duration of
The name, address, and phone numbers of the student's own
parents/ guardians, the host family, and the local exchange program
Two (2) character references from the home school
A notarized temporary custody agreement between the exchange student's parents/guardian and the host family
SUSPENSION, REVOCATION, OR DISMISSAL
Exchange organizations, host families, and/or exchange students found in non-compliance with policies of the Central Community School Board are subject to having their relationship with the district terminated. Exchange students are subject to the same discipline policies to which regular students must adhere.
Ref: La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:81
Standards for International Educational Travel Programs, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel
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