Foreign Exchange Students
The Board encourages international studies. To that end it allows foreign exchange students on one-year J-I visas, who are residing with families in the community to enroll on a non-tuition basis in the West Hartford Public Schools. Students who apply must not have the equivalent of a high school diploma from a foreign school system. Students who are accepted are not eligible to receive a diploma. Further they must meet those criteria established by the administration in the areas of language competency, residency and deportment. Only foreign exchange students sponsored by organizations screened by the administration will be accepted. The Board may limit the number of students at each high school who may be accepted for any school year.
Students entering the United States on F-1 visas may enter the local school system, only upon payment of the full, unsubsidized public education costs before entering the United States. Further, students on F-1 visas may remain in the United States for no more than twelve (12) months. The local district is prohibited by law from waiving the tuition fee of students on F-1 visas.
Legal References: Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996
Connecticut General Statutes:
10-27 International studies, exchange programs. Advisory committee.
Adopted: September 19, 1988
Revised: April 25, 2007