Tomah High School is pleased to welcome exchange students each school year.  Exchange students enrich the lives of our entire student body and our community as they spend time here learning the language, and experiencing our culture.
The Tomah Area School District Board of Education is committed to exchange programs that enrich the lives of everyone involved.  To accomplish this - exchange programs must be thoroughly vetted, and remain within the capacity of the district and school location.
Families interested in hosting an exchange student in future years should make contact with a sponsoring organization and express their interest in hosting to the high school principal as early as possible every Spring.
For information and inquiries, please contact THS Principal Bill Paris:
Applicable Board Policy and Administrative Guidelines:


The Board of Education recognizes the positive cultural benefits to the students, staff, and the community in meeting students from other countries and in having foreign-exchange students as members of the student body of this District.

The Board will permit the admission of foreign-exchange students (those from recognized and approved student exchange programs) who are residing in this District. The Board may permit foreign-exchange students to attend school in the District without payment of tuition.

The Board may participate in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) as an organization that provides sponsorship to foreign nationals to attend school within the District. Participation in this program will be consistent with Federal law and requires that the:

  A. student possess sufficient English language proficiency prior to participation;


  B. student's participation does not exceed an academic year;


  C. student pays to the Board the full amount of tuition prior to the commencement of the academic term of attendance;


  D. student otherwise maintains his/her lawful temporary immigration status.



This policy does not apply to foreign students that are not in approved exchange programs. All other individuals are subject to the standard rules regarding residency and tuition.

121.84(1)(c), Wis. Stats.

Adopted 12/15/05
Revised 2/19/09
Revised 12/16/10


The District shall use the following guidelines established by the CSIET (Council on Standards for International Educational Travel) in selecting and enrolling all foreign-exchange students.

  A. Sponsoring Organizations
    Any of the organizations listed below are approved sponsoring organizations:


    1. American Field Service, International/Intercultural Programs


    2. International Youth Exchange Program (Rotary International)


    3. any other nonprofit organization which can document approval by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel


  B. Selection


    1. The sponsoring organization shall be responsible for the selection of students.


    2. Selection is limited to secondary school students or recent graduates between the ages of sixteen (16) and eighteen (18) who have sufficient knowledge of English to enable them to function in an English-speaking environment without the use of an interpreter.


    3. Requests must be received by the District in a timely manner.


    4. The sponsoring organization shall be responsible for the selection of the host family(s) and shall document, prior to enrollment, that a host family has been established.


    5. Agreements between the sponsoring organization, the student's parents, and the student must clearly delineate the sponsoring organization's rules as well as costs and refund policies and must be submitted at the time of enrollment. The District shall provide copies of the Student Handbook which shall be a part of such agreements.


    6. The principal shall send written acceptance of the student to the sponsoring organization and the student by the date agreed upon by the sponsor and the District.


  C. Enrollment and Other Conditions


    1. The sponsor shall provide the following information: 1) evidence of proper immunization (see AG 5320); 2) medical insurance coverage for the student; 3) academic records; and 4) co-curricular background.


    2. The principal shall designate a member of the faculty or school administration as the student's advisor during his/her stay at the school. The advisor shall serve as the liaison between the school and host family, school and sponsor, student and student body, and the school and community.


    3. The exchange student will receive grades and credits for the courses in which they are enrolled, but will not be ranked in the class.


    4. If the exchange student is a senior, s/he may participate in commencement activities, but will not receive a Tomah High School diploma.


    5. All exchange students will receive a transcript of their coursework and a certificate of completion. An honorary diploma will also be issued upon successful completion of the school year to an exchange student with senior status.



Revised 12/7/10

Si necesita Ud. ayuda en la traducción de este documento, por favor llama la especialista de ELL del distrito a 374-7014. The Tomah Area School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity) or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability (“Protected Classes”) in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. The Coordinator of the District’s efforts to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is Dr. Paul Skofronick, 1310 Townline Road, Tomah, WI 54660 – phone: (608) 374-7011. Any inquiries regarding the application of the District’s non-discrimination policy may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.