Provo City School District Covid-19 Updates

J1 & F1 Visas

J1 Visas

All J1 allowed spots for Provo City School District have been filled as of 8/23/21

Students from other countries who are in grades 9th -12th may want to consider the option of attending school in the State of Utah for one year as a foreign exchange student with a J-1 visa. Please visit the Council on Standards in International Education travel at https://www.csiet.org/ for a list of organizations that provide international educational travel services. Organizations looking to place students in Provo City School District must have the following to request placement and submit acceptance forms.

  • a current Certificate of Acceptance and
  • a Sworn Affidavit of Assurance signed and notarized

The link below will provide you the policy and form. View J1 Visa Information

Total amount of students that Provo City School District will permit for the 2021-2022 school year – To be determined in April by USBE. We have been granted 7 slots in the past.

Please contact the Student Services Office for questions and concerns Lauren Schoenwald Designated School Official lauarensc@provo.edu 801-374-4802 Liz M Robles Principal Designated School Official lizm@provo.edu 801-370-4640

F1 Visas

All F1 Senior spots allowed for Provo City School District have been filled as of 8/23/21

Students interested in obtaining an I-20 form to apply for an F-1 visa to study in the public schools can do so for one year only, between 9th and 12th grade. Students on F-1 visas are required to pay the local school district the full, unsubsidized cost of their student’s education for the year, including the cost in local, state and federal funds. Attendance at a public elementary school (K-8th) is not permitted on an F-1 visa.

Total amount of students permitted for the 2021-2022 school year – 30

Please Note the new requirements for Seniors mentioned in the application.

Foreign Student (Non-Immigrant) I-20 Application for the school year 2021-2022 

General Information Provo City School District is happy to welcome and support students seeking entrance from foreign countries, this opportunity provides a cultural experience for both the incoming students as well as our District’s students. Important Things to Know:

  • School Dates 
    • Full year – Wednesday August 18, 2021 to Friday May 27, 2022 
    • 2nd Semester is from January 19, 2022 to May 27, 2022
  • Schools 
    • Provo High School (9​ -12​ ) 1199 N Lakeshore Dr. Provo UT 84601
    • Timpview High School (9​ -12​ ) 3570 N Timpview Dr. Provo UT 84604
  • No. of Students
    • 30 in Total. Space for Senior is very limited 
  • Per Capita Tuition
    • $8600.00 Year
    • $4350.00 for one Semester
    • $100.00 non-refundable application fee is included  
  • Application Due Date
    • June 15th, or as soon as filled. Seniors is March 31st
    • 2​ Semester due date is November 20. No exceptions.
  • Submit to:
    • Liz M Robles, Principal Designated School Official  280 W 940 N Provo UT 84604 lizm@provo.edu Phone: 801-370-4640 Fax: 801-374-4985 
  • Student Arrival Date to Provo
    • August 9, 2021 for the full year or 1st semester
    • 2nd​ semester arrival date Jan 10​ , 2022. 

Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis.

Students should be 17 years or younger as of September 1st of the year intending to enroll in school.​ ​Students must also be 14 years or older (high school age).

We will accept a minimum number of seniors capable of graduation, and the remaining number in freshman through junior year per high school. All must demonstrate good academic standing.

Only 12th graders that could meet Utah graduation requirements will be accepted. All others will be denied. 12th graders must attend Aug-May to apply for graduation. We will not consider early graduation for younger students than 12th grade. Please see Graduation requirements for Language Art credit.

Students that have graduated from secondary education in their home country will not be considered for admittance. Students are not allowed to only audit classes.

Students can apply to come for 1st Semester,​ ​or a Full Year. If space is available we can consider students for the 2nd Semester. Once we have 30 completed applications, there will be no more considerations.

Acceptance is for ONE (1) year only in a public high school anywhere in the U.S. Students may transfer to a private high school or college from the public high school.

This application request is for an I-20 form and the application fee is $100.00. This is a non-refundable fee.

The Board shall charge the nonresident child tuition at least equal to the per capita cost of the school program in which the child enrolls. (​See Utah State Code 53G-6-306 (2)). The School Board cannot waive tuition for an F-1 student as per Section 625 of Public Law 104-208 in which Immigration requires F-1 students in the public-school system to pay the per capita cost.

The full per capita cost of an F-1 visa-seeking student needs to be paid prior to the time an I-20 form is issued. If the student will not be able to attend, a refund can be requested through a written request. A refund will be given within 10 working days.

Applications are available online at ​provo.edu​ click DEPARTMENTS, click Student Services, and scroll down to Foreign Admissions.

The student must meet Utah State immunization requirements prior to enrolling. Once the student is in Utah, they must complete a TB test (Tuberculosis test -also known as PPD) and provide results to our office.

It is required that the students arrive 10 days prior to the start of the school allowing them to register for classes and be ready to start on the first day of school.

No Internet classes are allowed.

The student must have major medical insurance coverage while residing in the US with a Host Family.

Please be aware that Provo City School District does not find Host Families.

All Application information is due to the Provo City School District by the given deadlines or until we fill up.

Send questions and a complete applications to Liz M Robles 280 W 940 N Provo UT 84604 801-374-4838, Fax 801-374-4985 email: ​lizm@provo.edu​ ​(subject line: Foreign Admission Request)

Requirements

In order to ​approve​ a student, the district must receive the following:

  • Complete ​APPLICATION
  • High School ​TRANSCRIPT​(s) translated into English
    • If the student is younger than 15, include 7th, 8th and 9th grade
    • If the student is seeking graduation or to enter in the 12​ grade they must submit a transcript for 9th​ and 10th​ and current progress report for 11th​ grade. Please see page 6 for information on Graduation Requirements.
  • Must provide proof of English ​PROFICIENCY​ such as a TOEFL Junior score or other assessment of English, if the scores on the test are not proficient, we will require a school transcript showing their English classes with proficient grades, and a letter from a private English instructor that supports the student’s ability to comprehend the English language at a proficient level.

In order to ​accept​ a student and ​prepare​ the I-20 the district must receive the following:

  • Tuition payment
  • Copy of ​PASSPORT​ (this is used to match the I-20 with exact information)
  • Copy of a ​BIRTH​ ​CERTIFICATE
  • Student ​IMMUNIZATION​ Records
  • SIGNED ​AGREEMENTS​ by Parents and Students and Authorization Release

Upon ​arrival​ to Provo City

  • Fill out a pre-registration form
  • Receive a TB test
  • Visit Student Services (bring passport, proof of medical insurance, and any other pending documents)
  • Complete registration
  • Schedule an appointment with the school’s counseling office

In order to ​enroll​ a student, ​the district​ must receive the following:

  • Copy of Passport with Admittance Stamp from the Department of Homeland Security
  • A Signed Host Agreement
  • An Original Durable POWER OF ATTORNEY signed and notarized by the Parent and the Host family
  • The student must present proof of MAJOR MEDICAL COVERAGE.

In order to ​enroll​ a student, ​the school​ must receive the following:

  • Copy of the Birth Certificate
  • Complete Immunization Record
  • Proof of Address from Host family
  • A copy of the Durable POWER OF ATTORNEY signed and notarized by the Parent and the Host family
  • Copy of the TB test results
  • Updated and Complete Transcript(s) for 12th​ grade students
  • Authorization to enroll from Student Services

Dates to Remember

  • March 31st​ – Senior applications deadline.
  • June 15​th – ​Application period will close for the year unless spots are still open at which time they can be filled with 2n​d​ Semester applications. 
  • August 9th​ – Students should arrive in Provo City. 
  • August 18th​ – School begins.
  • January 18th​ – 2nd​ Semester starts.
  • May 27th​ , 2022 – School ends.

Please see the School Calendar to know specific holiday breaks.

Financial Items:

  • Pay the $100 non-refundable fee
  • Pay the per capita cost
  • Pay for any missing immunizations needed to start and continue enrollment ($18 per vaccinations)
  • Pay for a TB test ($20 dollars)
  • Pay additional registration fees at the school (approximately between $200 – $400)
  • Pay school lunch fees, if desiring school lunch
  • The I-901 fee must be paid AFTER the I-20 is received; this is needed for a visa appointment. Visit ​www.FMJfee.com​ to set up your appointment ($350)

Immunizations and TB test:

The student must have all their immunizations to attend school and a TB test done here in Utah. You can visit a private physician or The Utah County Health Department (UCHD) provides immunizations and TB testing. For information about them please visit ​http://www.utahcounty.gov/Dept/Health/immunizations/index.asp 

Major Medical Insurance Coverage:

It is required that the student have Major Medical Insurance Coverage while residing in the United States. Purchase an insurance plan AFTER you have received your Visa ​and​ ​show proof when you arrive to Provo City School District​ for approval to enroll. Here are some insurance contacts that are familiar at insuring students from International Admissions these are only suggestions, you can find your own as well.

  • Wiseman Insurance – Local Provo Contact – (Craig Wiseman) 801-377-3060  *craig@wisemaninsurance.com​  ​www.wisemaninsurance.com
  • International Student Insurance, an Envisage International Company  – (Jennifer Frankel​) 904.758.4391 ext. 104 *jfrankel@InternationalStudentInsurance.com​  ​www.InternationalStudentInsurance.com
  • CISI Cultural Insurance Services/International 800-303-8120, ext. 5088 www.mycisi.com   
  • ISO, Student Health Insurance 800-244-1180 * email: ​mailbox@isoa.org www.isoa.org

School Enrollment:

Host family will receive information to be able to enroll the student in school, make sure they have the following:

  • Copy of the Birth Certificate
  • Copy of the Immunization Record
  • Copy of Proof of Address – from the Host family
  • Proof of taking a TB test in Utah

Traveling Home during the Holiday Breaks:

Students wanting to return home for the holidays must have their Travel Endorsement page signed by the Designated School Office if they will be returning to continue the school year. The Travel Endorsement is found in the back page of the I-20. This does not extend their stay more than the one year allowed in the public schools. ​Failure to have the I-20 signed may prevent an entry into the States. Please contact the Student Services Office to have your Travel Endorsement signed.

End of the Year/Semester Items:

  • Transferring out​ (Private school/College/University, etc.)

At the completion of the applied period if the student is working towards a transfer, the student must notify the Student Services Office- Foreign Admissions School Official to process a transfer. Any requests sent to the High School will only delay the process.

  • Transcript

A transcript is the official document that has the record of the grades and credit acquired in the classes. Provo City School District will retain a copy of the record for 20 years after the class year graduates. Parents and the students may request a copy of the transcript personally or through a transcript request form. Once the student turns 18, FERPA laws require that only the student requests a transcript. Please contact the Student Services office for more details.

Public Law

From: P​ ublic law 104-208​, Omnibus Authorization Bill for the Commerce, State and Justice departments, signed into law on September 30, 1996. The bill contained provisions entitled the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA). Provisions dealing with foreign students in public schools follow: SEC. 625. FOREIGN STUDENTS.

  • (a) Limitations–
    • (1) In general — Section 214 (8 U.S.C. 1184) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: “(1)(1) An alien may not be accorded status as a nonimmigrant under section 101(a)(15)(F)(i) in order to pursue a course of study–
      • “(A) at a public elementary school or in a publicly funded adult education program; or
      • “(B) at a public secondary school unless–
        • “(i) the aggregate period of such status at such a school does not exceed 12 months with respect to any alien, and
        • “(ii) the alien demonstrates that the alien has reimbursed the local educational agency that administers the school for the full, unsubsidized per capita cost of providing education at such school for the period of the alien’s attendance.
    • “(2) An alien who obtains the status of a nonimmigrant under section 101(a)(15)(F)(i) in order to pursue a course of study at a private elementary or secondary school or in a language training program that is not publicly funded shall be considered to have violated such status and the alien’s visa under section 101(a)(15)(F) shall be void, if the alien terminates or abandons such course of study at such a school and undertakes a course of study at a public elementary school in a publicly funded adult education program, in a publicly funded adult education language training program or at a public secondary school (unless the requirements of paragraph (1)(B) are met).”
    • (2) Conforming amendment, — Section 101 (a)(15)(F) (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(F)) is amended by inserting “consistent with section 214(1)” after “such a course of study”(b) Reference to New Ground of Exclusion for Student Visa Abusers. — For addition of ground of inadmissibility for certain nonimmigrant student abusers, see section 347.(c) Effective Date. — The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to individuals who obtain the status of a nonimmigrant under section 101(a)(15)(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act after the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, including aliens whose status as such a nonimmigrant is extended after the end of such period.

Information for Graduating Seniors

Because of the time and resources demand, we place both a cap and early application deadline on students seeking graduation. Both the cap and deadline may be adjusted from one year to the next according to the resources available in our schools.

In addition, there are also very strict requirements for students seeking graduation. Failure to meet any portion or deadlines associated with the application will result in instant disqualification of the student’s application for entrance.

We will not consider an early graduation for any student that is not in 12th grade.

Only students with an equivalent to 24 yearlong credits earned at the end of their year-long school experience in Provo City School District will be eligible for potential graduation.

Students can earn a maximum of 8 credits in one year of attendance in our High Schools. See the table on the next page.

Credit Evaluation from Non-Accredited Institutions

Provo City School District shall establish a Credit Evaluation Committee to evaluate ​ALL​ requests for credit from foreign institutions. The District committee shall evaluate request according to the following criteria:

Credit Evaluation Committee findings will be based on each of the following forms of evidence:

  1. Course title and description
  2. List of instructional material used
  3. Student achievements (progress)
  4. Formative evaluations(sample)
  5. Summative evaluations(sample)
  6. Correlation of course objectives with the core standards for Utah public schools as outlined by the Utah State Board of Education
  7. Course length and student attendance
  8. Number of days the class met
  9. Normal class length
  10. Number of classes attended by the student
  11. Grading criteria used
  12. Teacher name, qualifications, certifications, endorsements, etc.
  13. Course requirements for credit (representative sample of student work)
  14. Copy of student records

Please note that a Senior seeking graduation will need to submit all the information required in order to receive credit for their course work done from 9th​ through 11th​ grade to apply and be accepted into Provo City School District.