High School Curriculum

Northern Academy seeks to:

  • Provide outstanding instruction in academic subjects, which meet or exceed New York State standards for Grades 6-12, where Grades 6 through 8 represent Middle School, and Grades 9 through 12 represent high school;
  • Help students develop a solid professional foundation in dance, music, or fine arts to foster a life-long ability for art appreciation, or to become professional artists;
  • Inculcate in students a profound respect for moral character.

The academic curriculum at NAA covers all basic New York State Board of Regents requirements. Wherever applicable, state-recommended syllabi are used as guidelines. The arts training consists of sequential pre-professional courses that lay a solid foundation in dance, music, or fine arts.

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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.

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 (1/2 credit)
  • Physical Education (2 credits)

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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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