High School/College Prep Program

In addition to training in the traditional arts, we provide students with a rigorous, college-preparatory program that includes academic coursework, advising, counseling, and standardized test prep.  All courses offered in the major disciplines meet or exceed California Common Core grade standards and prepare students for study at highly selective colleges. We also offer AP and Honors courses in English, Social Studies, Math, the Sciences and Chinese.

Learn more about our high school curriculum by visiting our department pages.

Student Academic Achievement

Our students have consistently scored above the state and international mean on AP exams:

Small class sizes, experienced teachers, and an integrated learning model foster success in both the classroom and on standardized tests.  Between 2014 and 2018, Xian Yun academic track students have achieved:

  •    SAT mean scores: Math 620, ERW 588.  
  •    ACT mean score: English 29, Math 27, Reading 32, Science 29, Composite 31.
  •    PSAT scores: 80% students scored at the 90th percentile or better.

An Academic Success Story

A striking example of the Xian Yun Academy difference is:

Student A graduated from Xian Yun Academy in June 2014.

College Attending: Pratt Institute’s fashion design program in New York City

Student A was originally an ELL student from China.  Her 9th-grade scores from her school in China were low: a 67% average in language arts, 80% in science, 80% in math, and 68% in history.  She repeated her 9th-grade year with us and joined our ESL program in academics and our fine arts program for her arts major.  She earned a 3.9 GPA with us her first year and continued to excel, making the honor roll every semester. She graduated and earned a 4.08 cumulative GPA.

Student A’s GPA and academic scores. 9th represents the 9th grade score prior to attending Xian Yun Academy.

University Success

9th Grade Students

The counselor will help 9th graders explore their interests and goals.  They will begin their 4-year plan illustrating significant high school courses, extracurricular activities, standardized test prep, and college application strategies. They will work on building skills they need to find success through our rigorous academic program while also exploring many fields of interests.

10th Grade Students

The counselor will discuss graduation requirements and student work in a more in-depth way with 10th graders.  The counselor will present options for standardized testing. Students will be encouraged to challenge themselves both academically and artistically.  They will also be encouraged to make summer plans that may include more of these challenges, even gaining work experience.

College Guidance

Xian Yun Academy graduates are highly regarded by American and international college and universities.  From its first graduating class to the present, all Xian Yun Academy graduates have been accepted into higher education programs.  More than 95% have been admitted to at least one Top 100 national university as ranked by US News and World Report.

Our graduates have been accepted by top universities such as NYU, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Diego, Pratt Institute, Parsons, SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), Art Center College of Design, American University, Purdue University, George Washington University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. Our art students have consistently been accepted into the Top 15 arts universities in the world.

11th Grade Students

Eleventh grade students will receive workshops on creating an account with the common application website, how to craft the best possible application essays, ask for letters of recommendation, and have workshops on how to present themselves professionally in any type of interview (college, job, etc…).  The counselor will assist students with exploring college options and encourage students to schedule visits to these institutions. Students will learn how to check for college entrance requirements for incoming freshman and they will schedule and/or plan for meeting those requirements before any necessary deadlines.

12th Grade Students

Once students enter their 12th grade year, they will have frequent appointments with their academic counselors in order to discuss drafts of application essays, fill out applications, set goals, and set deadlines for all college application related work.  Our arts faculty will help the 12th grade students in the arts program to organize and present their art portfolios for applications to fine arts colleges, while our dance teachers will assist their students as they prepare for dance auditions.