Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

5114A - FOREIGN STUDENTS ON VISA (I-20)

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 Corporation.

In all cases, enrollment of foreign students will be processed by the Superintendent. The Federal law mandates the following information be completed prior to the Superintendent 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 Superintendent. 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 Corporation 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 Corporation 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.

The sponsor must provide the following information to the Superintendent.

 

- 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 will be graded in the same manner as regular Corporation 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 Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) eligibility requirements mandated by this organization.

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