Guidance Services

The Guidance Office recognizes that each student at NorthStar Academy has been given gifts and abilities to be used to glorify the Lord. It is our goal to provide individualized support and direction to students as they gain a clearer understanding of their personal, academic, and spiritual goals. In partnership with parents, students, and NSA teachers, the Guidance Office will walk with students through their coursework, providing proactive academic counseling to prepare students with the skills needed to successfully navigate their post-secondary studies and/or the workforce.

Watch the videos to answer several Frequently Asked Questions:

Graduation Requirements

NorthStar Academy high school students enrolled before the 2015-2016 school year may follow the 14-15 credit requirements of 22 credits (Standard) and 24 credits (Advanced).  Any NorthStar Academy middle school student entering grade 9 having taken at least one 100-level core course (Eng, Math, Sci, SS) prior to the 2015-2016 school year, may assume the 14-15 graduation requirements.  All other NorthStar Academy students will follow the current graduation requirements of 24 credits (Standard) and 26 credits (Advanced). Any questions on graduation requirements may be directed to the NSA Guidance Counselor at Guidance(at)

English 4* 4*
Math 3* 4*
Science 3 4
Social Studies 3* 3*
World View 1 1
Physical Education .5 .5
Government .5 .5*
Economics / Personal Finance .5* .5*
Health .5 .5
Foreign Language 2*
College and Life Preparation .5 .5*
Fine Arts .5 .5
Electives** 7 5
Total Credits 24 26

*Specific courses are required. Please click here to download NSA's specific graduation requirements.
**An elective is any course of your choosing outside of the required and/or designated core courses.

NSA offers 12th grade students several options by which they may earn a diploma through NSA, so please click here to download the document which specifies the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS with regard to credits along with the several DIPLOMA OPTIONS that we offer at NorthStar Academy.


Transfer Credits

NorthStar Academy accepts transfer credits upon receipt of an official transcript from an accredited institution. Transfer credits are awarded on a case-by-case basis. Evaluation of transfer credit may require further research and contact with prior institutions to determine transferability of credits. International records may require translation and/or evaluation prior to being considered. Transcripts submitted from other institutions become a part of the student’s permanent file and are not returned or copied for distribution.

Transfer credits are granted for high school-level (or above) classes only - typically designated with a number of 100 or higher in the course abbreviation code. Transfer credits show as such on the student’s NorthStar Academy transcript. Grades earned through accredited programs appear on a NorthStar Academy transcript and are also calculated in a student’s cumulative GPA.

NorthStar Academy grants credit for college-level courses as follows: 0.5 NSA credit for each successfully completed college-level, semester-long course (3 credit-hour minimum).

Caution: Be sure to research the courses you desire to transfer into NorthStar Academy with the college or university of choice, as they may not satisfy their entrance requirements. NorthStar Academy cannot be held responsible for transfer credits that do not align with NorthStar Academy courses that are known to be acceptable by a vast majority of colleges and universities in the United States. If you have any questions about this please contact NorthStar Academy’s administration.

Credit from an accredited institution

NorthStar Academy accepts credits from other institutions that are accredited by the State Department of Education, Department of Defense, a church diocese, and/or a regional accrediting association (see Appendix D for a list of recognized regional accrediting association members). An official transcript from the accredited school must be provided for credits and grades to transfer to NorthStar Academy.

It is the supervisor’s responsibility to request that a transcript be sent to NorthStar Academy.

Home school, alternative learning, foreign/international/non-accredited school

Students wishing to receive credit for any non accredited high school course(s) will be required to complete two steps: 1) Complete the Course Credit Request Form with the required information for each course previous to the last academic year they wish to transfer in; 2) For the four (4) core courses taken during the last academic year, students will be required to take a Placement Exam to verify placement readiness.

Ex: Your child wants to transfer to NSA as an 11th grader and has completed home school up through 10th grade. For each course taken in 9th grade as well as electives taken in 9th and 10th grade a Credit Request Form must be completed. For the 4 core courses taken in 10th grade, your child must take a placement exam (Math, English, Social Studies, Science) and receive a 70% or better.

For electives (piano, ballet etc.), the Course Credit Request Form must also be completed. You must include total hours of direct contact time; this is not required for all other classes.

It is the supervisor’s responsibility to obtain all required documentation and submit it to NorthStar Academy’s Guidance Counselor for review. Schoolwork completed at the elementary school level through grade 8 (or equivalent) is not eligible for review as transfer credit unless the course is considered of high school level by NorthStar Academy.

Non-accredited coursework that is successfully transferred into NorthStar Academy will be listed as such on the NorthStar Academy transcript. The number of course credits as well as the letter grade awarded will be listed next to the course name. Non-accredited coursework will not factor into the student’s overall GPA. Only courses taken from accredited institutions will be factored into a student’s GPA. Please contact NorthStar Academy’s Guidance Counselor for the Course Credit Request Form and any other questions pertaining to the transfer of non-accredited coursework.

Students may receive credit for a foreign language course not completed through an accredited program by successfully completing a nationally recognized exam (AP, CLEP, Foreign Language Proficiency Exam etc.) Contact NorthStar Academy’s Guidance Counselor for an approved list of foreign language testing centers/providers.

Please contact NorthStar Academy’s Guidance Counselor with other questions pertaining to the transfer of non-accredited coursework. The Course Credit Request Form is available by Clicking Here.

Dual Credit

Any NorthStar Academy student desiring to earn college credit while also earning NSA credit should first seek approval from the Guidance Counselor (Guidance(at) It is possible that college credit can be counted toward a student's graduation requirements at NorthStar; please note that a traditional (3.0) credit hour college course transfers in as (.5) high school credit.

Dual credit opportunities will be evaluated and approved on a case-by-case basis. A one-time $50 dual credit evaluation fee will be charged to each student, regardless of the number of courses or universities submitted for dual credit review. No fee will be charged for students taking courses from NorthStar Academy approved dual credit partners.  Please click here to download the Dual Credit Evaluation Form.

NorthStar Academy currently partners with LeTourneau University, Moody Bible Institute, Bryan College, and Colorado Christian University to allow students the opportunity to earn college credit while also earning credit with NorthStar. Please click on the links below for further information on the approved dual credit partners.

Dual Credit with LeTourneau University
Phone: +1-800-688-5327 x1173

Apply here

Watch this:
LeTourneau University Video

Apply here if you have not taken courses through Moody before.

Once you have applied, email christian.martinsen(at) to register for classes in NorthStar’s student group (in order to get special pricing). All registration for Moody courses are done through Moody at this time.

Dual Enrollment for High School Juniors and Seniors

Apply at
For questions contact us at online(at) or 423-775-7556

To learn more about Bryan College visit

Colorado Christian University Dual Credit Courses for High School Students

Register here for NorthStar/CCU Dual Credit courses.  Please click here for a list of courses.

For more information about CCU’s Dual Credit program visit

To learn more about CCU visit

Forms Request

Download the appropriate form to request a Transcript, Diploma, or Challenge Exam by right-clicking the underlined link and choosing “Save Target As...” or “Save Link As...” to save it to your computer. You will need the free Adobe Reader to view and print them.