Student and Exchange Visitor Program Helps School-bound Nonimmigrants

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Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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Boarding school Boulder Creek Academy opened in 1993 and continues to provide academic instruction and therapeutic care to students facing difficulties in school due to behavioral, academic, and clinical challenges. Located in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Boulder Creek Academy also works with international students through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which administers the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program serves as a bridge for government organizations with an interest in nonimmigrants traveling to the United States with the intention of becoming students. It provides services and management to schools, nonimmigrant students, and their dependents on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State (DOS) depending on visa classifications.

Nonimmigrants with F and M visa classifications fall under the DHS management, and the DOS manages exchange visitors with J visa classifications. Also, both entities use SEVIS to track and monitor schools, exchange visitor programs, and nonimmigrants in the M, F, and J visa classifications attending school in the US.

To know more about the Student and Exchange Visitor Program and the SEVIS, visit www.ice.gov/sevis/overview.

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Five Benefits of a Boarding School Education

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Boulder Creek Academy
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Boulder Creek Academy serves troubled teenagers from eighth through twelfth grade with behavioral, clinical, and academic challenges that make it difficult for them to succeed in a traditional school setting. Boarding schools like Boulder Creek Academy offer a number of additional benefits over standard school systems, a few of which are illustrated below:

1. Fosters independence and responsibility. Students attending boarding school learn to become independent and responsible due to the absence of a parental figure to perform everyday tasks for them. They must do their own laundry, learn to navigate the campus and surrounding community, and manage their own schedules for study and free time. Also, the lack of constant surveillance enables students to better understand the impact of their actions and the potential consequences of their choices.

2. More personalized attention. Boarding schools tend to offer much smaller class sizes than public schools, in addition to smaller student-to-teacher ratios. A smaller class size typically means that teachers can provide more individualized and one-on-one attention to students and enables the curriculum to integrate more activities that focus on student participation.

3. Improved facilities for athletics, art, and theater. Many boarding schools offer a wide range of programs and facilities for special interest activities such as art, theater, and sports. Special interest facilities in boarding schools may also outclass commercial ones with better equipment and more diverse programs.

4. Provides a sense of community. A community atmosphere often comes hand-in-hand with a boarding school experience as students maintain regular interaction with roommates, teaching faculty, and other school staff. Also, students can come from all walks of life and a variety of different cultures, which makes for a very diverse community.

5. Improved academic opportunities and college training. The boarding school model encourages communication between students and teachers and often offers a wide range of educational opportunities to help students succeed. It also prompts students to explore new things and prepare for college life due to its more rigorous academic expectations.

Requirements and Terms for NATSAP Members

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Boulder Creek Academy has spent more than 20 years providing high-quality education to adolescents with learning disabilities, anxiety, and other mental health, behavioral, and academic challenges. Licensed by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Boulder Creek Academy adheres to the Northwest Accreditation Commission’s standards and is a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP).

Committed to serving as a resource and an advocate for schools and other organizations that provide care and education to young people, NATSAP has been welcoming members since 1999. Members of the organization include institutions ranging from young adult programs to therapeutic schools. They must be licensed by a state agency that is authorized to oversee therapeutic care standards or accredited by COA, CARF, Joint Commission, or NIPSA – Therapeutic, and be dedicated to following NATSAP good practices and ethical principles. In addition, all NATSAP members offer therapeutic services that are overseen by a qualified clinician or licensed therapist.

Any programs that meet all the necessary requirements can apply for full membership. Programs with full membership status must have been open for more than two years. However, NATSAP does not automatically reject programs that do not meet these requirements. Instead, the programs may be offered associate membership status. Although the Association promotes ethical and good practice principles, NATSAP does not oversee the operations of any of its member programs. It is a volunteer organization and believes that accreditation and licensing agencies hold the responsibility for overseeing member programs.

Anxiety in Teenagers

 

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Boulder Creek Academy
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At its campus in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Boulder Creek Academy offers multifaceted therapeutic and academic services to students age 13 through 18. Boulder Creek Academy enrolls many students with mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression.

For most teenagers, anxiety is a manageable aspect of facing new or challenging situations. For some, however, symptoms of nervousness escalate to a level at which they interfere with everyday life. A student may feel anxious about activities that to an external observer may seem ordinary, such as a day at school or an interaction with a peer.

This anxiety may manifest internally as worry, nervousness, or unrelenting stress. Many teenagers with anxiety report a pervasive restlessness and an inability to settle, and physical manifestations are common. Typical complaints include muscle tension, fatigue, back pain, stomachaches, and headaches.

The intensity of nervous feelings often causes teens to avoid certain triggering situations, such as school or peer interactions. A teen may become unusually withdrawn or inhibited, although others display their anxiety through behaviors of dependence or excess emotionality. Some teens attempt to handle their anxiety by engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as sexual activity or drug use.

If untreated, anxiety can significantly affect a teenager’s performance in school and extracurricular activities. Related distress can lead to the development of additional mental health issues, such as eating disorders or depression, and suicidal ideation is a real risk. For this reason, any symptoms of anxiety lasting more than six months should prompt professional intervention.