Student Services

  • On-site security team
  • We have a 24/7 video surveillance system
  • We go above and beyond NY state requirements for safety drills
  • We have a long standing relationship with the police and fire departments of the City of Middletown
  • We have a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan

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

Preparing for College

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.

Graduation Requirements

Grade 9-12 (high school) students are required to take classes in the following curriculum areas:

  • English Language Arts (4 credits)
  • Social Studies (4 credits)
  • Science (3 credits)
  • Mathematics (3 credits)
  • World Languages (3 credits in one world language)*
  • Health and Life Skills (1/2 credit)
  • Physical Education (2 credits)

* Students may obtain credits by exam in a world language. Students must pass the AP exam in a world language in order to meet the requirements of taking 3 credits of courses in that world language.

Academic Track:

  • 9 credits of academic electives
  • 1 credit of fine arts courses, 1 credit of music courses, and 1 credit of fine arts, music, dance or theater courses

Dance Track:

  • 8 credits of dance courses
  • 2 credits of academic electives
  • 1 credit of fine arts courses and 1 credit of music courses

Fine Arts Track:

  • 8 credits of fine arts courses
  • 2 credits of academic electives
  • 1 credit of music courses and 1 credit of dance, music, or theater courses

Music Track:

  • 8 credits of music courses
  • 2 credits of academic electives
  • 1 credit of fine arts courses and 1 credit of dance, fine arts, or theater courses

The total number of credits required for high school graduation is 31.5 credits.

High school ENL students

  • ENL I classes are counted as 1 credit of ELA course and 2 credits of academic electives.
  • ENL II classes are counted as 1 credit of ELA course and 1 credit of academic electives.
  • ENL III class is counted as 1 credit of academic electives.

All high school ENL students are required to complete at least one year of ELA courses at grade level and pass a specified English Language exam.

Other Requirements

  • All students are required to participate in the weekly student assembly and school cleaning. Students are required to take the Ethics and Etiquette course at each grade level.
  • Transferring senior students must successfully complete one full semester of courses at Northern Academy in order to graduate.
Summary of Diploma Requirements

To receive a Northern Academy diploma, a student must:

  • Complete all the required curricular areas and credits as detailed above
  • Be clear of any existing or pending discipline action
  • Meet all other school requirements

The following table presents a summary of high school graduation requirements, including the requirements for transfer students:

Talented and Gifted Students

At NAA, 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.

Transcript Requests

Complete the online Transcript Request Form to obtain your official transcript.

Enrollment Verification

Please contact the Admissions & Records Office via admissions@northernacademy.org for a letter to verify your enrollment status: 

  • On-campus health office
  • Friendly school nurse
  • First aid facilities
  • Nearby medical center
School Events
Clubs

Student clubs are an integral part of the community at Northern Academy. Clubs provide forums for discussion and opportunities for action, and they foster students’ leadership and business skills via consulting engagements, workshops, round-tables, conferences, and fundraisers.

Currently, the school has Student Council and more than a dozen student clubs including Math Olympiad, Model UN, Newspaper, Yearbook, Dance, Music, Cooking Club, Chess, Board Games Club, Meditation Club and Sports. Students sign up for their chosen clubs at the beginning of each semester.

Student leaders apply to form an organization by submitting an application and writing a constitution. Check with the Student Affairs Office if you’d like to apply.

In addition, students are encouraged to participate in field trips, special school events, such as basketball tournament, dance competitions, music performances, Ping Pong tournament, city cleaning, career fair, providing food to low income families, bake sales, etc.

Trips & Fun

Students at Northern Academy have plenty of opportunities to travel, explore, experience great culture, and have fun on weekend outings and class trips. Being conveniently located just north of New York city, and near the bordering states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, there are many options for our Student Affairs department, dormitory parents, and students to choose from.

We enjoy trips from Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, shows at Carnegie Hall, and Central Park, to gorgeous mountain ranges, waterfalls, and hikes in the Catskills of New York, and from Amish Country in Pennsylvania to the largest planetarium in the northern hemisphere and shopping malls in New Jersey.

We have a lot of fun at school too, and students have plenty of chances to show their talents. We celebrate with in school parties for Christmas and the Chinese New Year, complete with amazing food and hilarious acts and games by faculty and students, and beautiful performances from our classical music students and dance track.

Thanksgiving gets crazy with the Turkey Run, and student-led Clubs give you a chance to explore other interests and make great friends.

Weekends for dorm students, when not going on planned trips, mean getting to hang out together, go to the mall, bowling, movie nights, use of school facilities for dance and music studios, ping-pong, the cafeteria, library, and time to just relax.

Places we’ve visited so far:

  • Bear Mountain Ice-skating Rink and hiking, NY
  • Faust Harrison Piano Factory, NY
  • Shen Yun Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, NYC
  • Woodbury Common Outlet Mall, NY (we perform there too)
  • Bowling
  • Olana Estate, NY (Fine Arts Track)
  • Sugarloaf Arts & Crafts Village, NY
  • The MET – Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC (Fine Arts Track)
  • West Point – The United States Military Academy, NY
  • The Statue of Liberty, NYC
  • Mount Hope Moon Festival, NY (we performed there too)
  • The Frick Collection, NYC (Fine Arts Track)
  • Delaware Water Gap, PA
  • NYC Aquarium, Coney Island, NYC
  • FDR Museum, NY
  • Amish Farm & House Tour, PA
  • Snow Tubing, Thomas Bull Park, NY
  • Cloisters Museum, NYC (Fine Arts Track)
  • Harness Racing Museum, NY
  • Liberty Science Center & Planetarium, NJ
  • Chinatown, NYC
  • Museum Village, NY
  • Horseback Riding at Juckas Stables, NY
  • The Castle Fun Center, NY
  • Soons Orchards apple picking, NY
  • Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, NYC
  • Palace Theatre, CT
  • Florence Academy of the Arts, NYC (Fine Arts Track)
Awards

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Service and Volunteer Opportunities

(Coming soon.)

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.”

Email: mng@northernacademy.org