NSA SCHOOL PROFILE

Complete Academic Programs for Grades 4 - 12

NorthStar Academy (NSA) is an online private Christian school that currently offers students in grades 4-12 a complete academic and diploma-granting program.

NorthStar Academy was founded to provide quality online education facilitated by godly teachers who are inspired by their faith. By integrating faith and learning through sound curriculum, we partner with students, families, and schools worldwide.

CEEB CODE: 252825
AP® PROVIDER CODE: 094

Mission Statement

Our commitment to Christ leads to our personal investment in you. Our commitment to you inspires and motivates NorthStar Academy’s spiritual emphasis, academic excellence, and personal experience.

  • Spiritual Emphasis - encouraging students in their walk with God through Christ-centered, biblically-integrated instruction and interaction, modeling spiritual maturity
  • Academic Excellence - preparing students for life-long learning through high-quality, college preparatory, interactive, differentiated instruction, embracing multiple learning styles
  • Personal Experience - investing in students through friendly, supportive, responsive communication, providing sound guidance and building community through extra-curricular opportunities

EXPECTED STUDENT OUTCOMES

Within the context of biblical principles, NorthStar Academy continually develops college-preparatory programs, innovative strategies, and effective methodologies to purposefully shape a graduate who

  • Is university and life ready, demonstrating competencies for successful living, communication, and academic excellence at the next level.
  • Is of Christ-like character, exhibiting academic and personal integrity through responsible stewardship, honesty, perseverance, and respect, even when no one is watching.
  • Is globally minded, equipped to impact society while appreciating cultural diversity.
  • Is a Christ follower, actively seeking God in and out of the classroom.
  • Is a servant leader, a discerning role model who is courageous and compassionate, serving others.
  • Is biblically literate, educated to understand and defend the biblical worldview in light of opposing worldviews.
  • Is a lifelong learner, valuing and pursuing knowledge.

Cognia Accredited

NorthStar Academy is fully accredited by Cognia through the regional office of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

ACSI Accredited

NorthStar Academy is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

NCAA™ Approved

NorthStar Academy has a wide range of approved NCAA courses in both our regular and EVP formats. For the most up to date list, please click the link below and enter CEEB code 252825.

ONLINE COMMUNITY UNIQUENESS

Over seventy countries are represented in NorthStar’s student body, giving NSA students the rare opportunity to attend classes and socialize with students around the world. 69% of NorthStar students are U.S. citizens; 31% are students maintaining citizenship abroad. Essentially, the school’s community can exist wherever Internet access is available. Though NorthStar Academy is widespread geographically, a strong majority of the school’s community is American or native-English speaking, with many families being involved in mission or NGO work around the world. NSA has also increased its footprint in the United States both with individual families as well as with small Christian and charter schools. Students enroll at NorthStar Academy for a variety of reasons. Some come for one course while others enroll full-time. NSA has rolling enrollment, so students may enroll and start at designated times each month during the school year. Students have the ability to join The National Honor Society, special interest groups, and be elected to NSA's Student Council.

  • Growth & Choice - NSA continues to expand, offering nearly 200 core and elective courses, including 13 Honors courses and 19 Advanced Placement® courses, to over 1,800 students in grades 4-12. NSA also offers a wide-range of NCAA-Approved courses in both regular and EVP formats. Amidst changes and growth, NSA continues its tradition of academic excellence while integrating a Christian worldview.

  • Diploma Options - Students may choose to earn a Standard or Advanced Diploma. NSA also offers required courses for a student to earn the AP® International Diploma.

  • Course Options - NSA offers courses in core subject areas such as language arts, social studies, science, math, and Bible and worldview. Elective courses are available in areas of fine arts, foreign languages, physical education and health, computers and electronics, and college and career preparation.

  • Curriculum Quality - Most of NSA’s curriculum is written “in-house” by curriculum and subject-area experts. Course objectives and content are based on international and national curriculum standards that reflect the school’s mission, purpose, vision, and expected student outcomes. Specific materials and resources are utilized from a variety of publishers to meet the curricular needs of each course. Integration of a biblical worldview is intentionally included in lessons, activities, and materials for students. In order to maintain high standards, NSA operates on a formal curricular review cycle, whereby all subject areas are regularly reviewed, evaluated, and changed or improved as needed.

GRADING SCALE & SCHOOL CALENDAR

NorthStar Academy has the following grading system within a 36-week school calendar which consists of two 18-week semesters. NSA students may start any month of the year with official start dates offered each month. Students are provided up to 52 weeks to complete yearlong courses and 26 weeks to complete semester courses. NSA uses a 4.0 scale, with Honors/Pre-AP® courses weighted with (.5) additional quality point, and AP® courses weighted (1.0) additional quality point.

A+: 97-100
A: 93-96
A-: 90-92

B+: 87-89
B: 83-86
B-: 80-82

C+: 77-79
C: 73-76
C-: 70-72

D+: 67-69
D: 63-66
D-: 60-62

F: 59 or below

Student Performance

ACT®/SAT/Advanced Placement® Scores: NSA students have shown a significantly high success rate on these tests. However, this is difficult to measure due to the a-la-carte nature of online schools and the corporate maturity of the College Board processes with online schools.

AVERAGE ACT COMPOSITE (2016-2017)

25

AVERAGE ACT COMPOSITE (2017-2018)

24

AVERAGE ACT COMPOSITE (2018-2019)

25


AVERAGE SAT COMPOSITE (2016-2017)

1164

AVERAGE SAT COMPOSITE (2017-2018)

1174

AVERAGE SAT COMPOSITE (2018-2019)

1185

Graduation Outcomes

Post Secondary Choices of Students - 2-year includes colleges and speciality schools while "Other" refers to military, workforce, etc.

2017-2018

71% 4 -Year

8% 2 -Year

21% Other

2018-2019

69% 4 -Year

12% 2 -Year

20% Other

COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS

Higher education institutions that have accepted NSA graduates, include, but are not limited to, the following:
Anderson University
Appalachian State University
Arkansas State University
Asbury University
Auburn University
Austin Peay State University
Baylor University
Belmont University
Bemidji State University
Berklee School of Music, Online
Bethel University
Biola University
Blue Mountain College
Boise State University
Boyce College
Bradley University
Bridgewater College
California Baptist University
California Polytechnic State University
Calvin College
Campbell University
Carroll University
Carthage College
Case Western Reserve University
Catawba College
Cedarville University
Central Washington University
Chaminade University
Chapman University
Charis Bible College of the UK
Charleston Southern University
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
Coe College
Colorado Christian University
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Columbus State University
Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University of Montreal (Canada)
Concordia University Wisconsin
Cornerstone University
Covenant College
Creighton University
Crown College
Dallas Baptist University
Dartmouth College
DePaul University
Drexel University
Eastern New Mexico University
Eastern University
Elmhurst College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Erskine College
Fanshawe College (Canada)
Fashion Ins. of Technology (NY)
Fashion Inst. of Design and Mer. (CA)
Flagler College
Florida Southern College
George Fox University
Gordon College
Goucher College
Grand Canyon University
Grand Valley State University
Grove City College
Guilford College
Hamilton College
Hardin-Simmons University
Hillsdale College
Hillsong Leadership International College
Hofstra University
Hope College
Houghton College
Huntington University
Illinois State University
Indiana University
Indiana Wesleyan University
Interamericana University (Puerto Rico)
Iowa State University
Ithaca College
John Brown University
Kawartha Lakes Bible College (Canada)
Kennesaw State University
LaSalle University
Lee University
Leeds Arts University, United Kingdom
LeTourneau University
Liberty University
Loyola University
Maastricht University (Netherlands)
McDaniel College
McMaster University (Canada)
Meredith College
Messiah College
Michigan Technological University
Midwestern Bible College
Millsaps College
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Misericordia University
Mississippi College
Mississippi University for Women
Montana State University
Moody Bible College
Moore College of Art and Design
Morehead State University
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
New York University
North Carolina State University
North Greenville University
Northeastern University
Northwest Christian University
Northwestern College
Norwich University
Oklahoma Baptist College
Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma State University
Olivet Nazarene University
Oral Roberts University
Ouachita Baptist University
Patrick Henry College
Pennsylvania State University
Pensacola Christian College
Point Loma Nazarene University
Purdue University
Queens University of Charlotte
Queens University (Canada)
Quest University (Canada)
Ravensbourne University (UK)
Regent University
Regis University
Richmond – the American International University in London (UK)
Ripon College
Roberts Wesleyan College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rowan University
Ryerson University (Canada)
Samford University
Seattle Pacific University
Shippensburg University
Simpson University
Sophia University of Japan
South Dakota School of Mines/Tech
Southeastern University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern New Hampshire University
St Louis University
St. Andrews Presbyterian College
St. Norbert College
Stockholm University (Sweden)
Susquehanna University
Taylor University
Tennessee Technological University
Texas A & M University
Texas Christian University
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
The Art Institute of Houston
The Citadel, The Military School of South Carolina
The College at Southeastern
Trinity Western University
UAM College (Nicaragua)
Union University
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (Mexico)
Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia (Spain)
University American College Skopje (Macedonia)
University of Alabama
University of Albany
University of Arkansas
University of Buckingham (UK)
University of Central Florida
University of Cincinnati Clermont
University of Colorado
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Evansville
University of Florida
University of Hawaii
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois-Springfield
University of London (UK)
University of Main Farmington
University of Mary Hardin Baylor
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Memphis
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Mississippi
University of Montreal (Canada)
University of Nebraska
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina
University of Oklahoma
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rhode Island
University of South Africa
University of Tennessee
University of Texas, Arlington
University of Texas, Dallas
University of Toledo
University of Valley Forge
University of Washington
University of Waterloo (Canada)
University of West Florida
University of Wisconsin
University of Wyoming
US Air Force Academy
US Military Academy at West Point
US Naval Academy
Valparaiso University
Virginia Military Institute
Washington and Lee University
Weber State University
Western Carolina University
Western Michigan University
Western University (Canada)
Wheaton College
Wilfred Laurier University (Canada)
Wilson CollegeBelmont University
Wofford College
Young Harris College
NorthStar Academy (NSA) is a fully accredited online, private, college preparatory Christian school offering students in 4th-12th grades a rigorous and high quality academic program taught by highly qualified, mission-minded, Christian educators in a supportive and encouraging environment.

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