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Mission of the Academic Program

Where else can you receive a rigorous, top-tier education grounded in a classical perspective, crowned by an emphasis on real-world application and an exceptional Chinese language program? Meet Northern Academy Academics. Our mission is to prepare students to think, write, and act like true scholars engaged in the great endeavors of human civilization.

What to Expect

Teachers engage students in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. Our rigorous curriculum and high standards help our students score well above average on the New York Regents, SAT, and ACT tests.

To prepare students for a world where effective communication is essential, we place strong emphasis on literacy and comprehension across all courses.

Our Language Arts program offers students a solid classical foundation with a reading list that includes Shakespeare, Cervantes, Brontë, Tolstoy, Dickens, Twain, and Homer.

Our language department focuses on teaching students Mandarin Chinese. Not only is Chinese consistently ranked one of the best foreign languages for career development, it also offers students a window into the rich Chinese culture.

We are proud to say that over 90% of the core subject teachers hold advanced degrees (Master’s or Ph.D.) in their respective subjects. Students receive the attention and care they need throughout their years at Northern since we maintain a low student to teacher ratio (10:1).

Why the Academic Track?

Academic track students have the opportunity to participate in competitive internships with major organizations such as NASA and the United Nations through A World Bridge Program.

These internships offer valuable, real-world experience in different professions and stimulate academic learning through direct application of course material.

Currently, Northern’s Academic Department offers AP courses in English Literature, Chinese Language, World History, US History, Art History, Calculus, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science. A number of additional college-level courses are also available for interested students.

Although the academic track students spend more time focused on their academic studies than their peers in the arts tracks, they still receive a well-rounded education through consistent training in  classical dance, music, and fine arts. Students also have the opportunity to participate in after-school clubs according to their interests.

To help guide and nurture them every step of the way, every student takes part in an academic advisory program that meets weekly to address in a timely manner any issues they may be encountering in their studies.

The Academic Department seeks to ensure that all students receive a rigorous, exciting, and satisfying experience at every level of their pre-college education.