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.
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.
The following courses are required:
- English language arts (1 credit)
- Social studies, including geography and history (1 credit)
- Science and technology (1 credit)
- Mathematics (1 credit)
- World languages (1/2 credit)
- Music (1/4 credit for non-track, 2 credits for music track)
- Dance (1/4 credit for non-track, 2 credits for dance track)
- Fine arts (1/4 credit for non-track, 2 credits for fine arts track)
- Health and life skills (1/4 credit)
- Physical education (1/2 credit)
Grade 7 & 8
Students are expected to achieve the U.S. intermediate education standards by the end of Grade 8. The following courses are required:
- English language arts (2 credits)
- Social studies (2 credits)
- Mathematics (2 credits)
- Science and technology (2 credits)
- Music (1/2 credit for non-track, 4 credits for music track)
- Dance (1/2 credit for non-track, 4 credits for dance track)
- Fine arts (1/2 credit for non-track, 4 credits for fine arts track)
- World languages (1 credit)
- Health and life skills (1/2 credit)
- Physical education (1 credits)
- Technology education and career skills* (1 credit)
- Library and information skills* (1/2 credit)
- (* The learning outcomes of these courses are incorporated into subjects in other courses.)
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)
- World languages (3 credits in one world language)
- Health and life skills (1/2 credit)
- Physical education (2 credits)
- Music (1 credit for non-track, 8 credits for music track)
- Fine arts (1 credit for non-track, 8 credits for fine arts track)
- Dance (8 credits for dance track)
- Dance, fine arts, or music (1 credit for non-track)
- Other electives (2 credits of academic electives for non-academic track, 9 credits of academic electives for academic track)
- Courses on various academic subjects
- Music lessons, performance opportunities
- Dance lessons, performance opportunities
- Fine Arts lessons
Physical, Health, and Life Skills Education
A unique feature of health education at Northern Academy 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.
Talented and Gifted Students
At Northern Academy, talented and gifted (TAG) students who significantly excel in a particular subject are encouraged to take advanced courses. 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.