Frequently Asked Questions
What is it like to study at Northern?
Northern’s curriculum is designed to provide every student a complete general education that is grounded in strong moral values. There are four programs (tracks), depending on students’ abilities and interests.
The Academic track is for general education and prepares students to enter college and pursue a wide range of professional interests and occupations.
The art tracks provide an emphasis on rigorous training in the arts and prepares students for a college education specialized in the arts and careers in the arts.
What is the Northern performing arts program like?
At Northern, students receive unique and rigorous artistic instruction in classical dance, music, and fine arts so that they may become artists of outstanding training and talent. At the same time, students also receive a top quality academic education. In this way, they may be college-ready while developing their potential to be outstanding artists at a professional level.
Can I switch from one track of program to another during the academic year?
Students can switch tracks depending on their abilities and interests. Students are allowed to switch into the arts track only if their abilities are at a high enough level.
Students must follow the Track Transfer Policy and Procedures as exemplified in this Dance Track Application.
Do I have to have a high grade point average to be admitted to Northern?
On average, grades 6-7 applicants are admitted with an Average or above in all subjects rated by teachers on report cards. Grades 8-12 applicants usually have achieved an average GPA of 3.0.
What is an ordinary school day like at Northern?
A typical school day starts with a hearty cafeteria breakfast at 7 am followed by homeroom at 7:50 am. Students attend class until 5 pm. Cafeteria food is very popular. At the end of the day from 5 pm to 8:15 pm, most students stay at school for dinner and participate in club activities.
Northern Academy students attend either as boarders or day students. All students spend most of their day with students in their track which helps to forge a bond and camaraderie that continues after they leave.
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What activities are available on the weekends?
On the weekends, there are various social outings and events, including trips to shopping and dining areas, group sports and games, dance performances, concerts, and movie viewings.
On Saturdays during non-holiday weekends, our arts students will have rehearsals and ESL students will have extra classes. Etiquette classes are usually held on Saturdays.
What is the dress code at Northern?
Northern students are expected to follow the school's uniform policy and wear uniforms on designated school days.
On casual days, students also need to wear proper clothing that is neither too tight nor too revealing. Clothing should not contain distracting images or words. No shorts or sandals are permitted in class.
Are there computers available at Northern?
Northern is equipped with student computers that have high-speed Internet access and up-to-date software.
Who would I talk to about advising?
Each Northern student is assigned an adviser who provides a means for students to feel heard and offers advice and tips on how to deal with everyday issues, being academic, social, or personal. This adviser is someone who a student can go to at any time with questions or concerns. Advisers periodically check in on students, typically on a weekly basis.
How will Northern prepare me for college?
The Northern curriculum is designed to prepare students for a college education. Additionally, the Office of College Planning closely guides 11th and 12th graders through the college admissions process. This process begins in the winter of 11th grade and continues through the fall and winter of 12th grade. With the assistance of the Office and their advisers, students review their own academic standing, contemplate their aspirations, review the job market, research the college that is right for him or her, and, finally, apply.
To what colleges do Northern graduates commonly go?
In two years since the school was established, our matriculation rate is 100% and our seniors had received scholarships. The colleges had accepted our students included New York University, College of Wooster, Brock University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Dallas, Allegheny College, George Mason University, Ithaca College, SUNY University at Albany, and Fei Tian College-Middletown.
How safe is Northern’s campus?
The Northern campus is relatively remote and removed from busy sections of Middletown. Visitors are prohibited from entering school buildings without official authorization. Students are equipped with students IDs and passcodes to ensure their safety.
How do students do laundry?
Northern students have access to washing machines and dryers located in each dormitory or host family home.
What is the application fee?
The application fee is $40.
What if I have a disability?
The Office of Student Affairs coordinates services and accommodations for students with long-term or temporary cognitive, psychological and/or physical disabilities.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for admission to Northern are guaranteed equal access to programs and services. A student must present documentation indicating that the disability substantially limits some major life activity, such as learning.
What religious services are offered at Northern?
Students may choose to practice any religion. Northern honors major religious holidays and their heritages. There are local churches and other religious services that students may choose to attend.
Is Northern’s education recognized by schools or colleges in states outside of New York?
Q: Will Northern be able to provide the academic certificate equivalent for schools outside of New York?
A: Yes, we provide transcripts for students that transfer out, and have not received any rejections. However, you will need to contact the school you intend to transfer to and confirm their requirements.