International Students

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles welcomes international students. Through the cultural exchange of learning, praying, playing, and growing together, the presence of these international students enriches the educational and religious experiences of everyone in the school community. Any student admitted must be age appropriate to the grade enrolled.

All international students who do not live with a relative must live with host families who are identified on the student's I-20 forms. Student apartments, dormitory-style living, and unsupervised living are not permitted, even if students are 18 years or older.

The school is not involved in the selection of host families. A letter from the student's parents/guardians that identifies and approves host family and place of residence is required.

The parents/guardians, host family, and/or ISEVPO, if used, shall notify the school immediately if there is any change in the student's host family or residence. It is the responsibility of the parents, guardians, and students to notify the Immigration and Naturalization Service of any change.

Faculty, staff, coaches, and/or their spouses may not serve as host families or guardians.

Host families are required to meet with the school for orientations and periodically thereafter. Host families must attend meetings and functions required of domestic parents/guardians. Host families that are not required contractually to attend safe environment training are nevertheless encouraged to do so.

All international students are required to be enrolled in a religion course for a grade/credit each semester. The international student will be required to participate, as appropriate, in all religious functions and events.

All CSHM Attendance and Tardy policies apply. International students who are absent for three or more consecutive days without properly notifying the CSHM attendance office may be subject to cancellation of their F-1 Student Visa (I-20).

Students may not leave in advance of final examinations or return late from scheduled breaks without prior approval from the Administration.


CSHM admits non-immigrant students with a qualifying visa if they have been approved by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Principals may obtain current I-20 forms directly from the Department of Catholic Schools.

Before providing a parent or guardian with an I-20 application, a non-immigrant student must be accepted for admission in the school. Before accepting non-immigrant foreign students, CSHM will evaluate the student's application, transcripts, or other records of courses taken to determine the likelihood for academic success within the school's program. Measures of English language proficiency such as the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Test of Written English (TWE) may be required as part of a student's evaluation for admission. Proof of financial responsibility also must be evaluated. This information must be received at the school prior to the execution of the I-20 form.

The I-20 form requires the principal to state that the student's qualifications meet all standards for admission to the school and that the student will be required to pursue a full course of studies. Any student admitted to CSHM must be age appropriate to the grade to which he or she is enrolled. When students are accepted, principals send the I-20 forms to the Department of Catholic Schools for the signature of approved personnel.

All evidence that shows the scholastic ability and financial status on which admission is based will be on file at the school until the student's termination of studies has been reported to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)



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