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Exchange Program

This long-standing student exchange program is an excellent way for Herron High School scholars to experience life in a new culture. Since 2010, scholars have been traveling to Tlaxcala, Mexico, studying at Instituto Independencia, immersed in the Spanish language, living with host families and attending school with their host student.

As a result of participating in this Exchange Program, HHS scholars gain confidence and proficiency in Spanish. The experience is unforgettable and gives scholars a taste of the world beyond Herron High School and Indiana.

Our exchange program is a month-long experience for 10-14 scholars (chosen in the Fall). Scholars travel to Tlaxcala, Mexico, for two weeks over Spring Break. Once they return, scholars host the Mexican students in the United States for two weeks.

In 2014, the program expanded to a semester exchange and in September 2016, the Herron High School Advanced Choir traveled to Tlaxcala and performed around Central Mexico. Since its inception, this program has exchanged more than 100 students. Currently, Spanish is not offered at Herron High School.

Herron High School scholars with a Hispanic background or who want to further study the Spanish language can also apply to participate in a semester exchange through Instituto Independencia. All coursework is in Spanish; HHS scholars are expected to keep up with their coursework at Herron High School in addition to their other Mexican classes.

Semester Exchange Requirements

  • Complete the monthly exchange program
  • Write a letter of intent to the Herron HS Leadership
  • Currently study Spanish

Monthly Exchange Requirements

  • Submit an application with an essay due in early December
  • Participate and pass a home visit
  • Pass a family background check
  • Attend information meetings

The total cost of the monthly exchange trip is $1, 250 per student and it is paid for by families. This total includes airfare, event admissions, etc.

Click here to contact Robin Knop, Director of Community Relations, to learn more! 

Advanced Choir students perform in Tlaxcala, Mexico at the 2017 International Canta