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 Northern Academy covers all basic New York State Board of Regents requirements. Wherever applicable, state-recommended syllabi will be used as guidelines. The arts training will consist of sequential pre-conservatory courses that lay a solid foundation in dance, music, or fine arts.
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Academic classes that will be offered at different grade levels are outlined below, where one credit is equivalent to 180 days of instruction. In addition, the school will provide additional learning opportunities and/or dance/music training for students who want to excel in different subjects.
Classes in the following curriculum areas are required:
- English language arts (1 credit)
- Social studies, including geography and history (1 credit)
- Science and technology (1 credit)
- Mathematics (1 credit)
- Chinese language, culture, and literature (1/2 credit)
- Music (1/4 credit)
- Dance (1/4 credit)
- Fine Arts (1/4 credit)
- Health and life skills (1/4 credit)
- Physical education (1/2 credit)
Grades 7 and 8:
Classes in the following curriculum areas are required. Students will be expected to achieve the U.S. intermediate education standards by the end of Grade 8.
- English language arts (2 credits)
- Social studies (2 credits)
- Mathematics (2 credits)
- Science and technology (2 credits)
- Music (1/2 credit)
- Dance (1/2 credit)
- Fine Arts (1/2 credit)
- Chinese language, culture, and literature (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.)
High school students are required to take classes in the following curriculum areas. These classes are designed to meet or exceed all U.S. High School diploma requirements.
- English language arts (4 credits)
- Social studies (4 credits)
- Science (3 credits)
- Mathematics (3 credits)
- Health and life skills (1/2 credit)
- Chinese Language (1 credit)
- Physical education (2 credits)
- Music (1 credit)
- Fine Arts (1 credit)
- Fine Arts, Dance, Music, or Theatre (1 credit)
- Other electives (including at least 4 credits of academic electives)
- Courses on various academic subjects
- World languages
- 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 will be its emphasis on developing students’ knowledge, skills, and habits in order to achieve a healthy body, mind, and spirit, and maintaining that well being throughout their lives. Students will gain the know-how and ability necessary 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 will also be taught.
Through physical education, students in all grade levels will 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 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.