Education is more than textbooks, examinations, and report cards, though these obviously play a key role in teaching and learning. The goal at Xian Yun Academy of the Arts is to develop the whole person and Student Activities help to address this goal. Every Xian Yun student is encouraged to participate in an extra-curricular activity requiring time and commitment on his part. Our goal is that students acquire knowledge about themselves through working with others and cooperating with students of different interests, backgrounds, and personalities toward the attainment of a common goal. This is an extremely valuable experience. Our hope is that there is “something for everyone” in these diverse activities programs.
A Day in the Life
Our middle and high school students start their day at 8:30 with a schoolwide morning exercise— a dance-based stretching and kicking routine. They are alert and energetic as they head off to their 2.5-hour morning block in their arts major (Dance or Visual Arts).
Following the arts block, the students enjoy a quick break, and then begin their first academic class of the day.
Lunch starts at noon. Students serve themselves from a selection of homestyle dishes. Two to three dishes are usually offered, along with rice, and soup, with fruit for dessert. Classics such as hamburgers, tacos, or pasta are occasionally featured. Some students opt to bring lunch from home or leave campus to enjoy time out with friends.
Students have two to five academic classes in the afternoon, depending on the day’s schedule (see Bell Schedule). After classes are over, many students choose to stay for study hall, student clubs (see Student Clubs) and/or extra time in the dance or art studios.
Xian Yun CA students take part in (and help organize) a number of on- and off-campus events each year. Recurring events include the Academic Competition, the Chinese Language & Culture Competition, dance recitals (winter and spring), the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, the Chinese New Year celebration, and the Spring Carnival, as well as various parades. Seminars on topics of interest are periodically held by students and staff members.
Field Trips/Outdoor Education
Field trips offer an outlet for the practical application of school subjects, an opportunity to connect with nature and learn basic survival skills, and a chance to bond with fellow classmates and friends. Past field trips and Outdoor Education have included:
- Fort Miley Adventure Challenge Course – Pacific Leadership Institute
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Santa Cruz Boardwalk
- Marin Headlands
- Rob Hill Campground, Presidio Park
- Lake Pillsbury, Mendocino National Forest
Xian Yun’s small student population allows students to form personal and lasting relationships with fellow classmates, teachers, and advisors. In an environment where “everybody knows everybody,” all staff members are actively looking out for each student and giving attention to different learning styles, interests, and aspirations. Students know they are always welcome to seek advice about academic, artistic, or career pursuits, talk about personal problems, or just drop by for a casual chat about their day.
Instead of hanging out with only “people like me” or students in the same grade level, Xian Yun students make friends spanning a wide range of ages, national backgrounds, and interests. In Xian Yun’s healthy, safe, and tightly-knit environment, students learn to understand and appreciate each others’ differences, and to be there for each other like family.
Students have the opportunity to explore extracurricular activities, develop a project, or take on leadership roles by joining or establishing a student club. The list of clubs for the 2017-2018 school year is:
- Yearbook Club
- Photography Club
- Cooking Club
- Team Sports
- Mathematical Games and Logical Thinking