The philosophy of the Xian Yun Academy of the Arts Counseling Service is rooted firmly in the Xian Yun concept of to care for the whole person, that is, to address the needs of each individual. Therefore, this comprehensive counseling program seeks to meet the personal, academic, college and career needs of our students.
Counselors disseminate information relevant to a student’s academic needs, thus enabling him/her to make sound and mature decisions regarding his/her performance and future planning. This includes information regarding course selection, graduation requirements, special placements, summer school, discussion and interpretation of standardized testing (PSAT, SAT Reasoning Test & SAT Subject Tests, ACT), study skills, behavior, motivation, and Peer Tutoring.
The Xian Yun College Counseling Program is dedicated to providing solid guidance for motivated high school students looking to present themselves at their best on a college application, professional resume, artistic portfolio, audition, or to excel during an interview. This program works to fully prepare students for the future, whether it is continuing in the arts, attending a top-tier university, or both. Every student will receive individual attention from our school’s college counselor. Each semester our counselor also runs college seminar workshops for high school students. These workshops often feature guest speakers who can provide insight into the college planning process.
When students enroll in our high school program, the academic counselor will first set up an extensive 4-year timeline illustrating significant high school courses, extracurricular activities, standardized test prep, and college application strategies. The counselor will then continually meet, on a semester basis, with each student throughout their high school career in order to ensure that the student is motivated and on track to successfully accomplish their goals. Once students are in their Junior year, the program really goes into high gear. 11th and 12th grade students will receive workshops on how to craft the best possible application essays, fill out all their college application forms (including financial aid forms), and have workshops on how to present themselves professionally in any type of interview (college, job, etc.). Our arts faculty also will focus on 11th and 12th grade students to organize and present their portfolios of work for fine art universities or help students prepare for auditions.
In the school context, personal counseling, both individual and group, focuses on creating a safe place where students can talk openly about the issues troubling them, and get support and assistance in problem solving. It is important to distinguish school counseling from psychotherapy. Students who may require individual or family therapy will be referred to outside agencies for assessment. A list of referrals will be offered to the student and his family.
Any information of a personal nature disclosed by a student in the process of counseling is confidential. However, while maintaining the anonymity of the student, matters of health, life, and safety may be discussed with the Principal in the normal course of staff supervision.