International (Foreign) Exchange Students

Updated on Fri, 09/03/2021 - 11:35am

January 27, 2021 UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Adams 12 will not be hosting foreign exchange students for the 2021-2022 school year.

Adams 12 Five Star Schools values having international exchange students in our high schools.  Each year a limited number of foreign exchange students (4) are accepted at each of our five traditional high schools.

Adams 12 Five Star Schools can only accept students sponsored by foreign exchange agencies who have J1 student visas.  Adams 12 Five Star Schools is not designated to issue I-20 forms and therefore cannot accept privately sponsored students on F1 visas.


The district’s role in the international student exchange process is to approve exchange agencies. Once an agency is approved they remain on our list of approved agencies until there is cause to revoke their approval. The district reserves the right to revoke an agency's approval for any reason including placing students that are not proficient in English, failure to provide adequate support to students and host families and failure to communicate to students and host families. The deadline for applying to be an approved agency is January 15th of the school year before an agency would like to place students.

Once an agency is approved, they can contact foreign exchange counselors at our high schools to discuss placement of students. It is preferable that a foreign exchange student attend the school that serves the host family’s home. It is also preferable that a host family have one or more children attending the same school the exchange student will attend. The deadline for applying to a school is May 15th however some of our schools fill their allotment of exchange students much earlier. 

Contact Information

Contact Admissions for general questions about the foreign exchange program. Alternatively, you may contact school specific foreign exchange counselors with specific questions about placing students:

  • Horizon High, Patty Rolison - (720) 972-4425
  • Legacy High, Karen Smith - (720) 972-6728
  • Mountain Range High, Bryan Webb - (720) 972-6328
  • Northglenn High, Michael Stelling - (720) 972-4627
  • Thornton High, Elise Hauer - (720) 972-4876