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Northern Academy provides several services to help students succeed in the academic world.

Throughout their time at Northern, students meet with faculty advisers to discuss course selection, ways to improve their academic experience, and long-term goals for their future. In addition, they work with their assigned homeroom teacher who also is assigned as a second advisor.

Learning specialists are a resource for students who have already sought help and could benefit from supplemental coaching in time management, organization, and general study skills.

Northern Academy offers English as a Native Language and academic tutoring.

Northern Academy provides students with an excellent comprehensive school counseling program that helps all students reach their full potential, and become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

The counseling program delivers research-based curriculum, data-driven interventions and student-focused activities to promote academic achievement, career development and social-emotional growth. It aims to provide individualized counseling to meet the unique need of each student whether that be career and college guidance or social emotional support. We advocate for equity, access and success for all students.

Mimi Cortese-Ng, School Counselor

A New York State licensed School Counselor, Ms. Cortese previously worked in the New York City Department of Education at PS 115, IS 119 and the Office of Student Enrollment.

Before working full-time as a counselor at the Northern Academy in February 2020, she had been teaching Etiquette in our school and coordinating the Ambassador team and the Senior Ball.

“As your School Counselor, it is my role to collaborate with all members of the school community and provide support services to students in the areas of personal-social development, academic achievement and the preparation for life/college/career after high school.

It is my goal to get to know all the students of Northern Academy, assist you with your goals, help you realize your potential and be a support to everyone in the school community – families, teachers and staff.”


Navigating the college admissions process can seem complex for students and families. To facilitate a smooth passage, we pair each student with a teacher advisor who will work closely with the student and family.

As a college preparatory school, Northern Academy initiates our students’ college planning process from middle school in life skill classes. The college planning at Northern develops an individualized road map to success for the student, which includes academic work, character development, special interests and skill sets, as well as the college application.

How is college planning being done at Northern?
Typically, a comprehensive service starts from 9th grade until graduation. All high school students will attend college planning classes each year that specifically addresses: course selection, college and career exploration and community service opportunities.

In addition to group lessons, students will receive individual sessions with a college counselor. Experienced counselors will seamlessly integrate Northern’s academic and extracurricular programs with their unique planning process, which utilizes social and corporate resources.

Through this process we are able to tailor the college process to the specific needs, abilities, and interests of each students. To keep parents better informed of the college process, we offer each year a Parent College Information Night at the end of September.

What can parents learn from college planning?
College planning can help break down myths about college, such as “my teen can make a good living without a college education”, or “I don’t have the money and my teen can’t afford to take out loans to pay for college”.

Parents can learn why they should help their children go to college and how they can encourage their children to apply. They can also find out about different types of colleges and choose those that are most affordable.

What is the goal of college planning?
The college planning adviser will coach the student on how to best utilize his/her time and resources during the 4-year high school experience. The adviser guides students toward developing a well-balanced and unique profile that can be competitive for the college of the student’s choice.

The student will be mentally and academically ready for college life through the planning. The process can also transform the student to be a responsible citizen with high moral standards.

See High School Graduation Requirements

At Northern, talented and gifted (TAG) students who master a subject significantly more quickly than their classmates will be exposed to some of the material covered by the next grade. For example, math TAG students in Middle School might take the equivalent of a High School-level algebra course. AP courses will also be provided for TAG students in high school.