604.08 – International & Foreign Exchange Students

Foreign students must meet all District entrance requirements including age, place of residence, and immunization. Foreign students must be approved by the Board. Space must be available in the grade level requested; however, the Board reserves the right to limit the number of foreign students accepted. All foreign students must be physically able to attend school and provide the District with such proof, including a current TB test.

Students who are citizens of a foreign country will be considered eligible to attend Colfax Mingo Schools if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • The student resides with his/her parents(s) or legal guardian; 
  • The student is in the United States with appropriate documentation (Form I-20) from the United States Department of Justice-Immigration and Naturalization Services; or 
  • The student is a participant in a recognized foreign exchange program; and

Foreign and International Students
  1. Are subject to the Federal requirements under the SEVIS program. If Colfax Mingo Community School District is enrolled in the SEVIS program, the below would be criteria for enrollment:
    • Will be required to pay tuition and any other unsubsidized costs to attend school and
    • May be required to demonstrate English proficiency and
    • Will be subject to any student rules for conduct, failure to follow the District policies will result in ineligibility for attendance and
    • Will only be allowed to stay within the District for a school-year. 
Exchange Students
  1. The student is a participant in a recognized foreign exchange program; and
  2. At the discretion of the District, a maximum cap on exchange students each school year will be set.
  3. If students want to attend and the cap has been exceeded, students will be expected to pay for normal expenses and full per-pupil tuition. (Examples of normal expenses: Lunch, activity tickets, yearbooks, etc.)
  4. Each student must be approved for admission by the principal.
  5. Students will not be accepted at mid-year unless the total number is less than the maximum allowed.
  6. Students may participate in commencement, as long as they are considered in good standing by the Principal/designee.

Legal Reference: Iowa Code § 279.8 (2007). 

Reference:   Iowa Code § 279.8 (2007).

Date of Adoption: January 19, 2009    

Reviewed & Revised: March 21, 2016; June 17, 2019