Foreign Exchange Students
Lewis-Palmer School District understands and appreciates the cultural and language contribution to education made possible by the interaction of students from other countries with our own students, and authorizes a limited number of non-immigrant foreign exchange students to attend our high schools each year.
Host Family Information
Students must be enrolled prior to attending classes. Enrollment is completed online. The student's passport and visa are required to be uploaded, along with immunizations and the host family's address verification. The link to the online enrollment can be found on the Student Enrollment page.
Once enrolled, the student will meet with the appropriate high school counselor to get a class schedule:
Lewis-Palmer High School: Bill Benton, 719-867-8009 or BBenton@lewispalmer.org
Palmer Ridge High School: Troy Schimek, 719-867-8109 or TSchimek@lewispalmer.org
Interested in hosting a student? You will need to go through one of the exchange organizations. A current listing is available on the CSIET website.
Foreign exchange students wishing to attend school in Lewis-Palmer School District must be sponsored by an approved exchange organization recognized by the Council on Standards for International Education Travel (CSIET). Host families must be approved by the exchange organization. Approximately five students per high school are selected in the spring for the upcoming academic year.
Privately sponsored foreign exchange students may not enroll in Lewis-Palmer School District. Our district is not permitted to authorize a "Certificate of Non-immigrant (F-1) Student Status for Academic Language Students" or the I-20 form for foreign students not associated with recognized foreign exchange programs. Students in the United States on a visitor (B-2) visa who are under temporary guardianship of a resident of the district are not entitled to enroll in the schools of this district.
For more information, please see Board of Education Policy JFABB - Admission of Exchange and Non-Immigrant Foreign Students.