Some years we have had more than 10 eligible applicants for the program. Children who are eligible and are not selected for the participant groups are placed on a waiting list. Below is a description of the method used to select the participants and generate the waiting list.
Level 1 Selection: Children identified by their teachers and/or the Principal as being 3 92896.4
exceptionally good candidates are automatically selected as participants. Children identified by their teachers and/or the Principal as being exceptionally poor candidates are declined. Very few children fall into either one of these categories.
Level 2 Selection: Eligible applicants who remain in the pool after Level 1 Selection may be automatically included as a participant if (a) their parent is chosen as a chaperone or (b) their parent has been an active volunteer for A.L.L.E.M.
Level 3 Selection: All remaining eligible applicants are included in a lottery and are randomly selected to participate. The lottery is also used to determine position on the waiting list if there are more than 10 eligible applicants.
There is an exception to this method. If the SIP Exchange coordinators feel that your family did not meet the spirit of the hosting commitment when an older sibling was previously a participant in the exchange, your child will be declined. This is a subjective decision and will not be made lightly. We recognize that it punishes the child for the actions of the parent; however, every family must realize that the success of the exchange program rests as much on our ability to be good hosts as it does on our ability to send adventurous, mature, and respectful students.