High School Curriculum

High School Curriculum

Explore our High School curriculum, where academic prowess, artistic excellence, and character education converge. At Northern Academy, we believe in empowering students to thrive academically, creatively, and ethically, preparing them for success beyond our walls

Welcome to Northern Academy's High School curriculum, where we foster academic excellence, artistic growth, and the development of strong character. Our holistic approach equips students with the skills, discipline, and confidence needed to succeed in both college and life. Imbued with a philosophy of lifelong learning, our rigorous education embraces real-world application, while co-curricular activities enrich students' social skills, intellectual competence, and moral values.

A Comprehensive Foundation Our curriculum encompasses core subjects and co-curricular activities, ensuring a well-rounded development that prepares students for success.

Northern Academy nurtures within students academic prowess, artistic excellence, and strength of character. Northern Academy provides students with the skills, discipline, and confidence they need to be successful in college and in life.

Northern Academy’s rigorous education imbues a philosophy of lifelong learning. While every student fulfills a complete college preparatory curriculum, co-curricular activities are compulsory activities that are important for every student to participate in at Northern. These activities are designed and balanced with the academic curriculum so that every student gets to learn beyond subjects. Co-curricular activities are meant to bring social skills, intellectual competence, moral values, personality progress, and character appeal to students. Northern Academy co-curricular programs include athletics, cultural events, academic activities, dance, fine arts, meditation, and music. A student choosing a co-curriculum concentration in a semester takes two classes of his/her concentration daily in addition to the commonly required academic, PE and art classes.

All of Northern Academy’s education programs are grounded in classical perspective and crowned by an emphasis on real-world application. Our low teacher to student ratio allows for individualized education that is flexible and responsive and has resulted in students achieving above average SAT scores. The Academy offers a wide range of elective courses for high school students including Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

In addition to the academic and co-curricular education students receive, Northern Academy’s approach to character development aims to guide students to become healthy, upright people who know right from wrong, and who want to make good choices based on strong reasoning founded in respect for their own lives and the lives of others. We call this the Northern Way.

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Academic classes offered at different grade levels are outlined below, where one credit is equivalent to 180 days of instruction. In addition, the school provides additional learning opportunities and/or arts training, which enhances students’ overall career goals.

Charting the Path to Excellence For Grades 9 to 12, our curriculum meets or exceeds U.S. High School diploma requirements. Diverse courses provide a strong foundation for higher education, integrating academic electives, creative arts, and ethics.

These classes are designed to meet or exceed all U.S. High School diploma requirements. High school students are required to take the following courses:

  • English Language Arts (4 credits)
  • Social Studies (4 credits)
  • Science (3 credits)
  • Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Academic Electives:
    • World Languages (3 credits in one world language)*
    • Other Academic Electives (3 credits)
  • Dance, Fine Arts, Music, Theatre (1½ credits, with at least 1/2 credit in music and 1/2 credit in fine arts)
  • Health and Life Skills (1/2 credit)
  • Ethics and Etiquette (3/4 credit)
  • Physical Education (2 credits)

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Guiding Success Through our Advising & Academic Support programs, students receive personalized guidance to excel academically and navigate their educational journey effectively.

Fostering Well-Being Health education emphasizes knowledge, skills, and habits for a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Students learn to create safe environments, manage resources responsibly, and develop essential life skills.

A unique feature of health education at NA is its emphasis on developing students’ knowledge, skills, and habits in order to achieve a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Students are encouraged to maintain that sense of well being throughout their lives. Students are gaining the know-how and ability to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment and learn to manage their personal and community resources as responsible citizens.

Included in the life skills classes are highway safety and traffic regulations, fire drills, fire/arson prevention, and the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. The importance of conserving natural resources is also taught.

Through physical education, students in all grade levels acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to establish and maintain overall fitness.

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Achieving Milestones As students progress, they work towards fulfilling graduation requirements that reflect academic achievements and character development.

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