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 is founded on the belief that online education should be facilitated by godly teachers who are dedicated to providing an excellent education through sound curriculum 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

 

Online Community Uniqueness

Over seventy countries are represented in NSA’s student body; 68% of NorthStar students are U.S. citizens; 32% 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 non-governmental organization 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 may enroll at NorthStar Academy for a variety of reasons.  Some come for one course, and some 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 began offering courses for grades 7-11 in 1998 with 32 students.  NSA has continued to expand, offering nearly 200 core and elective courses, including 18 Advanced Placement® courses, to over 1500 students in grades 4-12. Additional dual credit partners continue to be added for the 15-16 school year, expanding options for our students.  An Enriched Virtual Program was added in 2015-16 for students desiring more accountability, firm due dates, and a weekly live session with other students.  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 Christian foundations and worldview.  Elective courses are available in areas of liberal arts, foreign languages, physical education and health, computers and electronics, business, 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.  The integration of biblical worldview is intentionally included in lessons, activities, and materials for students.  If in a culturally sensitive country, NSA also offers courses for those regions. 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.


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. 

 

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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 the 2016 was a 25 and the average composite SAT score was an 1820 (pre-March SAT test) and a 1266 (revised SAT).
  • Post Secondary Choices of Students: Of the 2015 graduating class, 81% went on to 4-year universities while 13% went on to 2-year colleges/specialty schools, and 6 % choose “other” options (e.g., military, workforce, etc.). 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, etc.).
  • College/University Admissions:  Higher education institutions that have accepted NSA graduates, include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Anderson College
  2. Auburn University
  3. Baylor University
  4. Bethel College (MN)
  5. Biola University
  6. Boise State Univerity
  7. California Baptist University
  8. Calvin College
  9. Carthage College
  10. Catawba College
  11. Cedarville University
  12. Chapman University
  13. Charis Bible College of the UK
  14. Charleston Southern University
  15. Chinese University of Hong Kong
  16. Colorado School of Mines
  17. Colorado State University
  18. Columbus State University
  19. Cornerstone University
  20. Covenant College
  21. Crown College
  22. Dallas Baptist University
  23. Dartmouth College
  24. Eastern University
  25. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  26. Erskine College
  27. Fashion Inst. of Design and Mer. (CA)
  28. Fashion Ins. of Technology (NY)
  29. George Fox University
  30. Gordon College
  31. Goucher College
  32. Hillsdale College
  33. Kawartha Lakes Bible College (Canada)
  34. Kennesaw State University
  35. LaSalle University
  36. LeTourneau University
  37. Liberty University
  38. McDaniel College
  39. Meredith College
  40. Mississippi University for Women
  41. Midwestern Bible College
  42. Milsaps College
  43. Montana State University
  44. Moody Bible College
  45. Moorhead State University
  46. Mount Holyoke
  47. Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  48. North Carolina State University
  49. North Carolina University
  50. North Greenville University
  51. Northwest Christian College
  52. Northwestern College
  53. Oklahoma Baptist College
  54. Oliviet Nazarene University
  55. Oral Roberts University
  56. Ouachita Baptist University
  57. Patrick Henry College
  58. Pennsylvania State University
  59. Pensacola Christian College
  60. Queens University of Charlotte
  61. Regent University
  62. Roberts Wesleyan College
  63. Samford University
  64. Seattle Pacific University
  65. Simpson University
  66. Sophia University of Japan
  67. South Dakota School of Mines/Tech
  68. St. Andrews Presbyterian College
  69. Taylor University
  70. Union University
  71. University of Albany
  72. University of Arkansas
  73. University of Colorado
  74. University of Connecticut
  75. University of Delaware
  76. University of Florida
  77. University of Hawaii
  78. University of London
  79. University of Maryland
  80. University of Memphis
  81. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  82. University of Mississippi
  83. University of Nebraska
  84. University of North Carolina
  85. University of Oklahoma
  86. University of Rhode Island
  87. University of South Africa
  88. University of Tennessee
  89. University of Toledo
  90. University of Valley Forge
  91. University of Wisconsin
  92. US Air Force Academy
  93. US Military Academy at West Point
  94. US Naval Academy
  95. Washington and Lee University
  96. Western Carolina University
  97. Wheaton College
  98. Wilson College