Streator High School will not have any Chinese exchange students this semester.
The high school board agreed to accept a maximum of 20 Chinese foreign exchange students beginning this month, however, it was challenging to find students who wanted to enter into the program mid-year, meaning the school likely will have to wait until August to begin the program.
The agreement was with Foreign Service (China) Group, which bought Sherman School and the former Immaculate Conception Church. The company also intends to train students and teachers in English at its Sherman campus.
Visa laws allow the high school to only educate exchange students for one year, so if they begin in January, they would have to leave in December next year.
The company decided to focus on finding August students, which they said has yielded more interest, according to Streator High Superintendent Matt Seaton.
The company will be responsible for tuition of each student.
If it follows its prior agreement, the exchange students will be tested for English proficiency and screened by Streator High School’s administration before they are accepted. The administration can expel any student and tuition will be non-refundable. The board also has been sure to give itself options to end the agreement.