In consultation with our local health department and in response to COVID-19 we will not be hosting exchange students during the 2020-21 school year.Cabarrus County Schools value student exchange programs. The mixing of cultures and backgrounds provides students and staff members with unforgettable experiences and a lifelong appreciation of each other.Initial Student Exchange Program ApprovalAll student exchange programs operating in Cabarrus County Schools must be granted a full listing in the current Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) and be approved by Administrative Services. You can find an approved listing of these agents https://www.csiet.org/Acceptance of StudentsStudent Exchange Programs representatives should contact the CCS Student Services office to review the guidelines governing exchange programs in Cabarrus County. This contact should be made before contacting a high school to request a student's placement.Student selection shall be limited to high school students between the ages of 15 and 19 years who have adequate English to function without assistance in regular classes. Students must have acceptable academic achievement in their native countries and be screened for maturity and the ability to get a maximum benefit from an exchange program.School GuidelinesPlacement in Cabarrus Co Schools and with host families must occur by August 10th.Each exchange program may place up to three students per high school each year. Placement is dependent on the availability of space in the schools and be at least one semester unless specifically approved by the high school principal.Exchange students should, whenever possible, be placed in families with other school-aged students.Exchange students are placed in the twelfth grade and regarded as members of the senior class. Since the fundamental purpose of the exchange program in cultural exchange, student diplomas are not awarded. Students are awarded honorary certificates.For more information contact your school counselor.