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Small Class Sizes

Northstar Academy’s Academic Campus serves approximately 90-110 K-12 students annually. Northstar students benefit from small class sizes with compassionate educators who ensure students receive the personalized education that helps them grow.

5:1 in Lower School
8:1 in Middle and Upper School

With a small student population and small class sizes, students really get to know each other and form meaningful friendships.


Lindamood-Bell Learning Process™

Northstar Academy has faculty trained in the Lindamood-Bell Learning Process™. The Lindamood-Bell Learning Process™ is a multi-sensory approach to language that can help students gain significant strides in reading abilities.

For students with dyslexia and other barriers to reading, The Lindamood-Bell Learning Process™ is designed to help students overcome these challenges by distilling reading into five components and working on each one individually.

For students who lack the foundational concepts of math, Lindamood-Bell can help visualize the language of math, making it accessible as the course grows language comprehension.

You can click here to read an article about Northstar Academy and the Lindamood-Bell Learning Process™ from Richmond Magazine.


Customized Social Skills Instruction

Northstar Academy, in collaboration with UVA Child Development and Kluge Rehabilitation Center, developed a proprietary social skills curriculum. Each day in Advisory Class, along with reinforcement throughout the day, students grow their executive function skills, self-regulation abilities and metacognitive (thought awareness, planning, and goal setting) abilities. Additionally, Northstar continuously develops innovative approaches to ensure our students achieve their goals. Since our students have a wide range of disabilities, there is no one way to help students overcome their challenges. They benefit from tailored approaches.


STEAM-focused Curriculum

All across America, STEAM coursework helps ensure students have bright futures. For students to be competitive in post-secondary or employment opportunities, Northstar students are challenged with courses as rigorous as Coding, Physics or Calculus, but every student at Northstar feels challenged within their abilities.

Northstar students work hard to accomplish ambitious goals, earning an Advanced Diploma, Standard Diploma or an Applied Studies Diploma. Northstar students can vary widely in their abilities, but what Northstar students have in common, is that they support each other as they work through their unique challenges and celebrate successes. And their passion is contagious!

Innovative technology and robotics courses

Students at Northstar Academy can work hard to learn grade-appropriate technology, coding and robotics. These electives make learning fun by utilizing Nintendo Lado.


Extracurricular Activities

Students at Northstar enjoy Homecoming, Harvest and Valentine’s Day dances, prom, a basketball team and cheerleading, as well as The Winter Show. They also participate in a menagerie of clubs, including Art180, Cardio Club, Yearbook and Performing Arts Club.

However, if you ask any student or faculty, the mission of Northstar comes alive during our annual Talent Show. Each Spring, students let their personalities shine by putting on an amazing show full of song, dance, sketches, magic and talents possibly not seen at any other K-12 talent show in the world (just ask our self-proclaimed “human google map”)!


Service Learning

  • St. Peter’s Luncheon
  • Twice a month, High School Seniors volunteer with St. Peter’s Catholic Church to help serve those less fortunate. They serve, on average, 50 visitors for lunch.
  • Coat Drive
  • In collaboration with our friends at Puritan Cleaners, middle schoolers organize and promote Northstar Academy’s annual coat drive.

Extended Day

Our Extended Day program allows parents to enroll their student after school in a  program that provides afternoon nourishment, homework tutoring and social interaction. Parents have the flexibility of enrolling their child on a full-time, part-time or drop-in basis. Students in our Extended Day Program are able to complete their homework and enjoy social time with friends, giving parents “peace of mind” while they are at work and providing families the opportunity to share quality time in the evenings.


Summer and ESY Opportunities

A Summer of Opportunity at Northstar Academy

Your student can spend time at Northstar this summer working to reinforce and retain their hard work and accomplishments from the school year in a relaxed, but structured environment.

Contact us for more information about Extended School Year opportunities at Northstar Academy.

 

Summer Session 

Each weekly academic session is Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Summer school weeks are not cumulative and students may register for one to four weeks.

Summer school starts the first Monday after the July 4th holiday and ends in early August.

*Applications are due by mid-May. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Lower School Opportunities

Lower School students can take courses in Language Arts, Math and Technology, Social Skills, Lindamood-Bell Seeing Stars® or Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing®.

 

Middle and Upper School Opportunities

Middle and Upper students can take courses in Written Expression, Math, Reading, Social Skills, Technology, Lindamood-Bell Seeing Stars® (SS), Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing®, Lindamood-Bell On Cloud Nine Math®, Transition Exploration and Assessments (for students 16-22 only).

 

Career Camp for Students Aged 16-22

Students at Career Camp can:

  • Experience different professions and see which ones are a good fit!
  • Grow workplace social skills.
  • Learn professional skills through hands-on instruction in the classroom and at local worksites.
  • Work on transition goals as a part of approved Extended School Year services.