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Northstar Academy

A fully accredited private online
Christian school for grades 4-12

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Student Support

We are here to support your student

Scott Berggren Introduction

Scott Berggren

Dean of Students

I am the main point of contact for all issues related to students and families at NorthStar Academy. If you need help with anything academic and your teacher is not able to help, contact me.

I help families with course schedules, setting up good work habits, school pacing, and discipline issues. My role is similar to a Principal, but I work primarily with students and families instead of teachers.

In addition to that, I also work with our bookstore at BNC K-12 to make sure that resources are up to date. Please contact BNC K-12 if you have any issues with resources purchased through them. If they are not able to help, contact me.

One additional thing I do is welcome families to NSA. I love meeting with new families, welcoming them to NSA, and giving them some tips for success with online school. I’d love to talk with you also if you are new to NSA.

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Kimberly Smith Introduction

Kimberly Smith

Student Success Coach

I am here to guide you through getting started with NorthStar Academy. As the “teacher” in your orientation course, I will grade your orientation assignments and give you feedback so you can learn how to submit assignments, where to look for answers to things you don’t understand, and how to best utilize NSA’s systems.

Another way the Student Success Coach can help is to provide academic coaching. Online education comes with many benefits, such as being able to tailor your school schedule and work at your own pace. However, students sometimes find themselves needing guidance with how to structure their days or weeks to complete their course work in the most efficient manner. Academic coaching is a collaborative process that involves a partnership between the Student Success Coach and the student to help in these areas. You can read more about Academic Coaching here.

The most important thing to realize is that as the Student Success Coach, I am here to encourage you, to be your cheerleader, and to support you. I am so glad that you are a student (or considering becoming one) at NorthStar Academy. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know you as you pursue your education through NSA.

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At NorthStar Academy, we have specific accommodations that are inherent to our online program and available to all students.

NSA teachers are open to differentiation with their instruction but are not able to accommodate individual student needs nor provide curricular modifications in NSA courses. As a private institution, NorthStar Academy does not receive federal funding; private schools are not regulated by state government and can set their own standards with regard to curriculum and special education service delivery. NorthStar Academy does provide specific accommodations that are inherent in our online program. Flexible pacing, needed breaks within the school day, personalized course scheduling, and extended time for assessments are all examples of accommodations available to all students who take courses at NorthStar. NorthStar also provides all students with access to a toolbar and other accessibility tools that can support students as they learn.

Should you have any specific questions about how your student’s unique learning needs might be supported at NorthStar, please reach out to our academic advising office or principal team by emailing: [email protected]