School Profile (2016-2017)

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 parternship 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 and differentiated instruction; embracing multiple learning styles
  • Personal Experience: investing in students through friendly, supportive and responsive communication; providing sound guidance and building community through extracurricular opportunities

Expected Student Outcomes

Within the context of biblical principles, NorthStar Academy continually devleops 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 opporsing worldviews.
  • is a lifelong learner, valuing and pursuing knowledge.

Accreditation

NorthStar Academy holds dual accreditation from AdvancED through the regional office of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).  NSA has maintained accreditation standards since November 2005; it was the first online Christian school to receive accreditation.  NorthStar's Enriched Virtual Courses are NCAA approved. 

 

SACS-logo-clear.png


acsi.jpg


ncaa.jpg

 

Online Community Uniqueness

Over seventy countries are represented in NSA’s student body, giving NSA students the rare opportunity to attend class and socialize with students around the world. 66% of NorthStar students are U.S. citizens; 34% are students who maintain 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 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, 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 attend class and socialize with students around the world, join special interest groups, and be elected to student council.

  • Growth  & Choices:  NSA continues to expand, offering nearly 200 core and elective courses, including 13 Honors courses and 19 Advanced Placement courses, to over 1,500 students in grades 4-12. NSA also offers an NCAA-Approved Enriched Virtual Program. Amidst changes and growth, NSA continues its tradition of high academics 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, NorthStar Academy 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 being available 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

A: 93-96               B: 83-86               C: 73-76               D: 63-66

A-: 90-92              B-: 80-82              C-: 70-72             D-: 60-62

                                                                                   F: 59 or below


Student Performance (SAT/ACT® and Graduation Outcomes):

  • 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. Of the scores that were reported to NorthStar in 2015, the average ACT composite score was 27 and the average composite SAT score was 1830. NorthStar’s average ACT composite score for 2016 was a 25 and the average composite SAT score was a 1266 (revised SAT). The 2017 ACT composite score was 26 and the SAT composite average was 1156.
  • Post Secondary Choices of Students: Of the 2016 graduating class, 75% went on to 4-year universities while 9% went on to 2-year colleges/specialty schools, and 16% choose “other” options (e.g., military, workforce, gap year, etc.). Of the 2017 graduating class, 75% went on to 4-year universities while 3% went on to 2-year colleges/specialty schools, and 22% choose “other” options (e.g., military, workforce, etc.).
  • College/University Admissions:  Higher education institutions that have accepted NSA graduates, include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Anderson University
  2. Arkansas State University
  3. Auburn University
  4. Baylor University
  5. Bethel University (MN)
  6. Biola University
  7. Boise State Univerity
  8. California Baptist University
  9. Calvin College
  10. Carthage College
  11. Case Western Reserve University
  12. Catawba College
  13. Cedarville University
  14. Chapman University
  15. Charis Bible College of the UK
  16. Charleston Southern University
  17. Chinese University of Hong Kong
  18. Clemson University
  19. Colorado School of Mines
  20. Colorado State University
  21. Columbus State University
  22. Cornerstone University
  23. Covenant College
  24. Crown College
  25. Dallas Baptist University
  26. Dartmouth College
  27. Eastern University
  28. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  29. Erskine College
  30. Fashion Inst. of Design and Mer. (CA)
  31. Fashion Ins. of Technology (NY)
  32. George Fox University
  33. Gordon College
  34. Goucher College
  35. Hillsdale College
  36. Hillsong Leadership International College
  37. Kawartha Lakes Bible College (Canada)
  38. Kennesaw State University
  39. LaSalle University
  40. LeTourneau University
  41. Liberty University
  42. McDaniel College
  43. Meredith College
  44. Mississippi University for Women
  45. Midwestern Bible College
  46. Millsaps College
  47. Montana State University
  48. Moody Bible College
  49. Morehead State University
  50. Mount Holyoke College
  51. Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  52. New York University
  53. North Carolina State University
  54. North Greenville University
  55. Northeastern University
  56. Northwest Christian University
  57. Northwestern College
  58. Oklahoma Baptist College
  59. Oliviet Nazarene University
  60. Oral Roberts University
  61. Ouachita Baptist University
  62. Patrick Henry College
  63. Pennsylvania State University
  64. Pensacola Christian College
  65. Queens University of Charlotte
  66. Regent University
  67. Roberts Wesleyan College
  68. Samford University
  69. Seattle Pacific University
  70. Shippensburg University
  71. Simpson University
  72. Sophia University of Japan
  73. South Dakota School of Mines/Tech
  74. St. Andrews Presbyterian College
  75. Taylor University
  76. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  77. Union University
  78. University of Alabama
  79. University of Albany
  80. University of Arkansas
  81. University of Colorado
  82. University of Connecticut
  83. University of Delaware
  84. University of Florida
  85. University of Hawaii
  86. University of London
  87. University of Maryland
  88. University of Memphis
  89. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  90. University of Mississippi
  91. University of Nebraska
  92. University of North Carolina
  93. University of Oklahoma
  94. University of Rhode Island
  95. University of South Africa
  96. University of Tennessee
  97. University of Toledo
  98. University of Valley Forge
  99. University of Wisconsin
  100. US Air Force Academy
  101. US Military Academy at West Point
  102. US Naval Academy
  103. Washington and Lee University
  104. Western Carolina University
  105. Wheaton College
  106. Wilson College