Foreign Exchange Students

Student Exchange Program

‚Äč2019-2020 Exchange Program Update (6/6/2019):

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 Exchange Program is full.  
Thank you for your interest in our school. 

Catawba Ridge High School is excited to welcome three exchange students to our school each academic year.  Students are required to be working with an accredited exchange company and have a host family willing to house them for the entire academic year.  Students are also required to stay the full academic year.

The application process is on a first come first serve basis.  Companies or host families can begin submitting applications on March 1, 2019 at 9:00 am.  Any application turned in before this date and time will not be accepted.  Applications must be submitted though this form in full.  No applications will be taken over e-mail or in person.

The first three applications associated with accredited exchange companies received though this google form will be the students that will be offered spots at Catawba Ridge High School for the 2019-2020 school year.  If a student turns down the spot, is not eligible because of zoning, or any other reason we will then move to the next person on the list in the order of the documented time stamp on the google form.

If you have any questions please contact Kristie Hill at 

All applications must be turned in through the google form listed below:

Catawba Ridge High School Student Exchange Application 2019-2020

Protocol for Foreign Exchange Students

  1. Catawba Ridge High School will accept 3 foreign exchange students per year.
    1. Students are accepted for the full year, not just one semester.
  2. Applicants must be a high school student in their home country, 9th-12th grade.
  3. The host family must live in Catawba Ridge High School’s attendance zone.
  4. A host family may have only one foreign exchange student attending Catawba Ridge.
  5. Applicants must be participating in an acceptable foreign exchange program and will be considered only after the following information has been received and reviewed by Administration and Guidance:
    1. Profile/Brochure about the sponsoring foreign exchange program
    2. Completed application from the student including immunization records
    3. Letter from the host family indicating their intent to sponsor the student
  6. Students will be accepted on a first come first served basis.


Foreign Exchange Student Enrollment

  • The host family must complete the New Student Enrollment process:
    1. Schedule an enrollment appointment,
    2. Complete the necessary paperwork, and
    3. Contact the school counselor to discuss course selection (documentation of courses required by the foreign exchange program should be received)

Foreign Exchange Student Policies

  • Foreign Exchange students will be classified as 9th graders but placed in the homeroom corresponding to the student’s home country grade level.
  • Foreign Exchange students must follow their program guidelines regarding courses they must take but must take an English and US History course.
  • Foreign Exchange students will take EOC Exams (if applicable) but are not required to take PSAT, ACT or WorkKeys.
  • Foreign exchange students may attend prom regardless of their grade level
  • Foreign exchange students may receive 1 ticket to attend graduation

End of Year Procedures

  1. Recognize students at the Awards Program via Certificate of Participation
  2. Provide students with a copy of their transcript and report card
  3. File copies of the students’ schedules, report cards, and transcripts

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