SEVP – Nonimmigrant Status for Foreign Students in the US

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Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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Offering therapeutic curricula and services to students aged 13-18, Boulder Creek Academy utilizes brain-based learning to enhance students’ memory, communication, and cognitive functioning. Actively affiliated with several organizations, Boulder Creek Academy currently holds membership in the government-run Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

SEVP upholds national security by collecting regular information and statistics on non-immigrant students currently attending US schools. Long-term visitors to the US are assigned a non-immigrant classification depending on their length of stay in the US and their purpose for entering. Non-immigrant students are divided into two categories: F-1 non-immigrants and M-1 non-immigrants. F-1 non-immigrants are foreign students pursuing academic study, whereas M-1 non-immigrants are foreign students pursuing vocational study. All schools and programs must be SEVP-approved in order for foreign residents to qualify for non-immigrant student status.

Non-immigrant students may be accompanied by spouses and children. Dependents of students are classified under either F-2 or M-2 status. To learn more about SEVP and how to become a non-immigrant student in the US, go to www.ICE.gov/SEVIS.

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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.

Boulder Creek Students Learn in the Presidential Classroom

A therapeutic boarding school, Boulder Creek Academy helps adolescents overcome challenges related to cognitive skill development, self-regulation, and social relationships. Boulder Creek Academy is licensed by the state of Idaho as a certified special education program and aids student development through a number of unique skill-based activities, including outdoor adventures, animal care and training, and community service.

In 2013, students from the academy had the opportunity to spend a week in Washington, DC, as participants in the Presidential Classroom program. The trip allowed the students to showcase their accomplishments in both academic and social development as they completed the rigorous civic education curriculum.

A nonprofit organization, the Presidential Classroom offers a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students, facilitating insightful discussions on pertinent national and international issues. In so doing, The Presidential Classroom strives to foster skills that will allow students to become effective leaders in both the public and private sectors. Throughout the program, Boulder Creek students debated prominent policy issues with numerous legislators, including Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and several of the state’s representatives. The students also explored a number of historic landmarks while visiting the nation’s capital, including the White House and the Supreme Court.