Foreign students are classified as those students who are not participating in an agency-sponsored foreign-
exchange student program and are not resident aliens living in the school district.
In all cases, enrollment of foreign students will be processed by Director of Student Services. The Federal law
mandates the following information be completed prior to the Director of Student Services signing the I-20 form:
A. The prospective student must be seeking admission to grades 9-12. No student is allowed to attend school
in grades K-8.
B. The prospective student has made a written application to the school.
C. The written application, the student's transcripts or other records of courses taken, proof of financial
responsibility for the student, and other supporting documents have been received, reviewed, and evaluated at
the school's location in the United States.
D. The appropriate school authority has determined that the prospective student's qualifications meet all
standards for admission.
E. The official responsible for admission at the school has accepted the prospective student for enrollment in a
full course of study.
F. The student's current visa must be presented to the Records Compliance Officer at the time the student
requests an I-20 application.
Admission of the foreign students into the school will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Director of
Student Services. Admission is limited to a maximum of twelve (12) months.
Custody/Guardianship must be obtained by the person(s) with whom the foreign student is residing in accordance
with State law. The student or his/her custodian must pay the District the full unsubsidized, per student cost to the
District for educating a student. The payment is to be noted in the "remarks" column on the I-20 form.
The student's sponsor must obtain the student's visa, no application for an Fl visa will be made by the District on
behalf of a foreign student.
Nonimmigrants and/or visitors and all foreign students must complete procedures for enrollment as early as
possible during the semester prior to the semester they plan to enroll.
Foreign students who request enrollment in the District should demonstrate proficiency in the English language
and have sufficient scholastic preparation to enable him/her to undertake a full course of study in the grade
commensurate to his/her chronological age. Lack of English proficiency may be cause for revocation of initial
approval for enrollment.
Exchange programs are approved by the Superintendent based on the following criteria. The sponsoring agency
must provide or demonstrate that:
A. A manual of guidelines and instructions are provided to the participants, host families and school officials;
B. Formal orientation and evaluation sessions are required of participants and school authorities;
C. Student participants are proficient in English;
D. Student participants do not pay a placement fee to the sponsoring agency;
E. The participants are required to possess medical/accident insurance;
F. A screening process is used to ensure appropriate matches between students and host families;
G. A local representative of the sponsoring organization will maintain an active coordinating relationship with
participants, host families and the school during the exchange;
H. The organization maintains offices in the United States and sufficient offices overseas to assist participants;
I. Wauwatosa students will receive the same waiver of school fees and tuition as foreign students coming into
School District staff members receiving compensation from an agency approving an exchange program are
prohibited from soliciting students to participate in that exchange program.
Financial responsibility of the School District for exchange students coming into the District is limited to school
fees and tuition. No financial responsibility by the District shall be assumed for students going to other countries.
Students must be identified by the sponsoring agency and approved by the high school principal at least three (3)
months prior to their expected arrival. Acceptance is dependent upon class size and staffing restrictions, as well
as the above criteria.
On a District-wide basis up to eight (8) foreign students may be approved by administration to attend the
Wauwatosa schools annually. Any additional requests must be approved by the School Board. The sponsor must
provide the following information to the Director of Student Services.
- Student's name
- Date of birth
- Country of birth
- Country of citizenship
- Student's grade assignment
- Level of English proficiency
- Suggestion of core curriculum for the student
Foreign students may enroll in an ESL class or ESL tutoring if there is a vacancy in that class. The ESL program
is designed for our resident students who must accumulate credits to graduate from our school system.
Foreign students will be graded in the same manner as regular District students. If the student does not complete
the requirements, s/he will not be given credit for the subject material.
Foreign students are allowed to participate in all interscholastic sports providing they meet all the Wisconsin
Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) eligibility requirements mandated by this organization.
Approved/Adopted: July 13, 2009