Our mission is to nurture students to become cultured individuals of exemplary moral character. To this end, we provide an education drawn from the classics and the arts, one steeped in divinely inspired traditional values of the East and West.
Traditional Western and Eastern values provide a moral compass for one’s character development. To this end, Northern Academy of the Arts embraces three principles as guideposts for our progress:
It is an honor to introduce you to Northern Academy of the Arts. Our leadership team has been working with our outstanding faculty and staff to create a high-quality learning environment for our students. This is done by keeping abreast of current research topics and sustaining rigorous curricula.
Northern offers students a selection of artistic and academic learning paths. No matter which course of study your child chooses, know that the essence of the curricula is a foundation of classical elements combined with fresh ideas and research-based techniques. Students at Northern receive an education that not only provides an accumulation of knowledge, but also explores the core of their character.
Because of the School’s mission to develop your children into well-rounded adults with high moral values, our faculty and staff are required to instill students with values of integrity, resilience, and compassion by demonstrating these principles through their actions and teaching methods. As a parent, you want your child to have the best opportunity for a quality education. Our goal is to meet your expectations and go beyond them. We already know our global world benefits from students who are highly educated in academics, but we also believe human society is further enriched when these young adults can think critically, express compassion and engage in all aspects of their lives with high moral values.
Northern Academy of the Arts will inspire your child to develop a deep desire and passion for learning about the world and about themselves.
Dr. Marilyn Torley, Principal, Ed.D.
Northern Academy incorporates elements of classical education in order to bring humanity to the forefront of our school culture. “Classical,” in the sense of education, refers to using ideas that have withstood the weight of time and endured with excellence and virtue. Derived from the Latin adjective classicus, meaning “of the highest order,” “classical” refers to the insights gained over thousands of years of successes and failures, and putting them to use today. “Classic” derived from another term, the Latin noun classis, means “a fleet of ships”—at that time, humankind’s highest form of naval power. Combining these, Northern Academy’s Classical Education means “a fleet of ships used to cultivate a complete person to the highest degree.”
In essence, we draw our model of Classical Education from Confucius’ “Great Learning” and the Trivium and Quadrivium as outlined by Plato and Aristotle. We embrace character education, not as a means to change the world in the form of social activism, but to embody virtue, excellence, and tranquility as a way of life. As such, we aim for genuine learning—where cognitive skills and academic success are side-effects of rich content and superb technique.
The purpose of education is an enlightened mind. Using the Northern Academy Classical Model, every well-planned course offers the opportunity for students to continue their academic journey from knowledge to wisdom.
We have collaborated with our students and community to establish three significant policies to limit distractions:
The distinctive values of Northern Academy shape us today and inform our aspirations for tomorrow. Our school is making a positive impact in the local community and beyond. You can be an important part of that change.
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