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Foreign Exchange Student Program

Ladue Horton Watkins High School Foreign Exchange Student Procedure

Foreign exchange students who will be juniors or seniors residing within the boundaries of the Ladue School District, who have obtained a J-1 visa and who are sponsored by an organization currently listed on the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) Advisory List ( will be considered for full-year enrollment at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. The principal, supported by the superintendent and the Ladue School District Board of Education, reserves the right to limit the number of foreign exchange students enrolled in a given year. The procedure will be reviewed and, if need be, amended each academic year with approval based on classroom size. Ladue School District does not sponsor foreign exchange students. The district is not obligated to or responsible for any costs or inconvenience to prospective/denied host families or students. Attendance by foreign exchange students is a privilege, not a right.

Prospective host families shall contact the building principal prior to applying to CSIET for consideration for the upcoming 2023-24 school term. After approval is granted by CSIET, the agency will notify LHWHS. The prospective host family will be contacted by the building principal after the Memorial Day Holiday weekend.

Consideration will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Accepted host families will provide Ladue School District proof of residency documentation and student immunization records to the registrar before enrollment and will then complete the online application. The host family and student will meet with the guidance liaison for the student to create the academic schedule for the 2023-24 term and will begin attending on Aug. 22, 2023. The student will abide by all policies as outlined in the 2023-24 Ladue School District Student & Parent Handbook.