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2017-2018 School Profile

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—integrating faith and learning through sound curriculum, while in partnership with students, families, and schools worldwide. Academic and spiritual readiness is achieved through faith-based, student-centered courses led by credentialed teachers who challenge students through engaging, standards-based content.

CEEB Code: 252825

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.

Accreditation & Associations

AdvancED/SACS Seal

AdvancED/SACS Accredited

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

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ACSI Seal

ACSI Accredited

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

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NCAA Approved

NCAA™ Approved

NorthStar Academy's Enriched Virtual Program (EVP) courses are NCAA approved.

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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. 66% of NorthStar students are U.S. citizens; 34% 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 an NCAA-Approved Enriched Virtual Program. 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 B+: 87-89 C+: 77-79 D+: 67-69 F: 59 or below
A: 93-96 B: 83-86 C: 73-76 D: 63-66
A-: 90-92 B-: 80-82 C-: 70-72 D-: 60-62

Student Performance (SAT/ACT®)

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 (2015)

27

Average SAT Composite (2015)

1830

Average ACT Composite (2016)

25

Average SAT Composite (2016)

1266 (revised SAT)

Average ACT Composite (2017)

25

Average SAT Composite (2017)

1164

Graduation Outcomes

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

2016

4-year
2-year
Other

2017

4-year
2-year
Other

College & University Admissions

Higher education institutions that have accepted NSA graduates, include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Anderson College
  • Arkansas State University
  • Auburn University
  • Baylor University
  • Bethel College (MN)
  • Biola University
  • Boise State University
  • California Baptist University
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Calvin College
  • Carthage College
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Catawba College
  • Cedarville University
  • Chapman University
  • Charis Bible College of the UK
  • Charleston Southern University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Clemson University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbus State University
  • Cornerstone University
  • Covenant College
  • Crown College
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Eastern University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Erskine College
  • Fashion Inst. of Design and Mer. (CA)
  • Fashion Ins. of Technology (NY)
  • George Fox University
  • Gordon College
  • Goucher College
  • Hillsdale College
  • Hillson Leadership International College
  • Huntington University
  • Kawartha Lakes Bible College (Canada)
  • Kennesaw State University
  • LaSalle University
  • LeTourneau University
  • Liberty University
  • McDaniel College
  • Meredith College
  • Midwestern Bible College
  • Millsaps College
  • Mississippi College
  • Mississippi University for Women
  • Montana State University
  • Moody Bible College
  • Morehead State University
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • New York University
  • North Carolina State University
  • North Greenville University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwest Christian College
  • Northwestern College
  • Oklahoma Baptist College
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Ouachita Baptist University
  • Patrick Henry College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pensacola Christian College
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Regent University
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Samford University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Shippensburg University
  • Simpson University
  • Sophia University of Japan
  • South Dakota School of Mines/Tech
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian College
  • Susquehanna University
  • Taylor University
  • Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  • Union University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Albany
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Florida
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of London
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of South Africa
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Valley Forge
  • University of Waterloo (Canada)
  • University of Wisconsin
  • US Air Force Academy
  • US Military Academy at West Point
  • US Naval Academy
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Wheaton College
  • Wilfred Laurier University
  • Wilson College