Northwest Academy course offerings include a general education curriculum as well as college preparatory classes. By combining the tradition of secondary academics with innovative methods of interpersonal education, graduates are prepared to meet the rigors of post-secondary education.
These course offerings incorporate literature, composition and language in the development of appropriate communication skills. Students develop skills as listeners, speakers, writers and readers. Students explore themes of self, multi-cultural dimensions of American life and language, as applied to modern communications. Projects involve multi-modal instruction to facilitate individual learning styles and enhance creativity, confidence and understanding of concepts.
Transcript Repair for English 9 and 10
These courses are offered as Independent Study courses, providing students with the opportunity to retake failed or “D” grades. Reading comprehension, writing process, grammar and composition are taught with expectations of demonstrated proficiency in each area.
Credit: 1.0 for each term course
American Literature A and B
Students explore American culture by examining America’s cultural heritage, including myths, legends, parables, classical literature, films and speeches. They write about American cultural unity using the following forms: a literature-based position paper, historical and speculative fiction, descriptions of landscapes, folktales, myths, legends, fables and historical journals. Credits: 2
World Literature A and B
World Literature provides insight into events and circumstances beyond those within the traditional Anglo-American culture. Students examine author and character responses to global concerns and issues, and incorporate these insights into their own oral and written responses to the reading. Students read and evaluate essays, newspapers, magazines, research papers, poetry, myths and novels from the international community. Composition focuses on the unity and diversity of global cultures and involves argumentation, persuasion, reflection and evaluation. Credits: 2
Through the use of instruction in tempo, tone, mannerisms and other techniques that can be applied to life situations, students learn more than merely how to speak in public. They are responsible for several presentations that are critiqued by their peers on the subjects of sales, improvisation, information, persuasion and Power Point presentation. Student speeches may be videotaped for the purpose of critical analysis and feedback.
The social studies curriculum develops awareness and understanding of American culture and the global society. Special attention is paid to the past as a bridge to a full understanding of the present.
United States History A and B
The important work of helping students develop an understanding of change, growth and our democratic heritage is the task of this survey course. Each student is asked to examine important historical issues in order to achieve a sense of responsible citizenship and appreciation for the ideals, principals and economic and cultural realities upon which the nation was constructed. Credits: 2
United States Government A and B
Government in the United States is presented in a manner that promotes discussion of national and international government decisions, legislative outcomes and the role of government in the 20th century. Students study the structures, processes and issues of national, state and local governments. Topics include the definition of governments; formations, functions, and comparative forms of government; the branches of federal government; the constitution; state and local government; and current affairs. Students read newspapers and magazines to facilitate the study and discussion of current events. Credits: 2
Providing an overview of basic economic concepts, this course familiarizes students with terminology while promoting an understanding of personal and national economic issues. The student studies economic decision-making on both an individual (micro) level and a system-wide (macro) level. Topics include the law of supply and demand; production of goods and services; the roles of the consumer, labor and management; money and banking; economic cycles; the role of government and the world economy. We emphasize hands-on experiential activities through role-playing, mock “real world” situations creating opportunities to learn economic lessons, and field trips that pose common consumer challenges. Credit: 1
The essential objectives of the Mathematics Department are to establish a thorough foundation in mathematical processes and structure, preparing students for future progressive mathematics courses, and empowering students with a sense of the utility of numbers and of their own ability and potential for developing greater competence.
Algebra I A and B
Fundamental algebraic operations using signed numbers and their elementary applications are the essence of Algebra I. Topics include real numbers, equations, introduction to inequalities, exponents/ polynomials, introduction to irrational numbers through
radicals, graphing, solving verbal problems, factoring and introduction to quadratic equations. Credits: 2
Algebra II A and B
Most colleges and universities require a third year mathematics course such as Algebra II. This course reviews concepts learned in Algebra I and Geometry while introducing more complex formulas and logical thinking than in previous courses. Critical components are polynomials and factoring, rational expressions, irrational/complex numbers, functions, logarithms, trigonometry, graphing figures and statistics.
Prerequisite: Algebra I, Geometry. Credits: 2
Geometry A and B
Typically taken between Algebra I and Algebra II, this study of Euclidean geometry meshes real world figures with mathematical logic. Students are given the opportunity to experience mathematics in a unique way with the use of construction tools such as the protractor and compass. By drawing and constructing the figures they are studying, students find meaning in the concepts being covered. Theories of three-dimensional figures and elementary analytic geometry are presented and a review of algebraic materials is included. Students learn through traditional classroom instruction, kinesthetic experiences and individual projects. Credits: 2
Prerequisite: Algebra I.
Pre-Calculus A and B
Pre-calculus is a course designed for students planning on attending a four-year university. This course begins with a review of concepts of algebra and geometry with emphasis on complex fractions and logarithms. The majority of the first semester involves a rigorous study of trigonometric ratios and identities, as well as solving trigonometric equations. The second semester involves a study of polar coordinates, sequences, series, limits, and conic sections. Credits: 2
Prerequisite: Algebra 2
Calculus A and B
Calculus is a course designed for students planning on a degree in math or science. The first semester involves a study of limits and the slope of a tangent line to a graph. This leads into differentiation of functions, along with applications. The second semester involves a study anti-derivatives and integration of polynomial, exponential and trigonometric functions, which allows us to find the area under a curve. Credits: 2
The Science Department encourages critical analysis of the world through scientific principles and processes. Ethical issues inherent in scientific discovery are introduced, and students develop a respect for the natural environment. The curriculum promotes and sustains curiosity about everyday interactions with science and nature. Inquiry takes place in the classroom, laboratory and outdoor environments. Through their scientific studies, students develop the ability to explore and investigate the fundamental truths of nature.
Biology A and B
Natural resources and environments are examined as students study the nature of living organisms through lectures, discussions, reading, research, laboratory experiments and field studies. The campus and surrounding areas are utilized as a natural laboratory for in-depth studies of pond and stream environments, forest ecology and management, basic ecological principles, and plant and animal identification. Partial and full-day field trips provide students with diverse natural laboratories. Credits: 2
Chemistry A and B
Students are introduced to the basic principles of inorganic chemistry in this class which also examines atomic structure, chemical bonding and the laws governing chemical reactions. Extensive laboratory experience is provided to acquaint students with basic safety requirements and the process of scientific discovery in the laboratory environment. The historical context and social implications of chemistry also are examined, with particular emphasis on current environmental problems. Credits: 2
Prerequisites: one year of science plus Algebra I.
Environmental Science A and B
The goal of this course is to illustrate the inter-relationships of meteorology, geology, geography, and biology. Through class discussion and on-site laboratory experience, students develop the ability to see the inter-relationships between these disciplines and how humans affect the environment. Full use is made of the natural resources within and surrounding the campus. Credits: 2
Physics A is an introduction to general physics with a focus on problem solving from an analytical approach. Physics A covers the properties of motion; velocity; acceleration; forces; vector analysis; two-dimensional motion; universal gravitation; and momentum. Classes consist of lectures with real world examples, and labs both physical and analytical. Students learn how to describe the motion of objects in the world around them after completion of this course.
This course takes the physical laws learned in Physics A and applies them to the universe around us. Areas covered are Astronomy and Optical Physics. Students discover how the planes, stars, and galaxies follow the same simple laws of physics that govern motion here on Earth. Students investigate astronomers of the past and their part in putting together our modern picture of the universe. Investigations are also made into current and future astronomical theories. Students discuss the various theories related to the formation of the universe, stellar evolution, and galactic evolution. Prerequisites for Physics B are Physics A, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, or Geometry.
The primary emphasis of the Foreign Language Department is on learning correct pronunciation, developing verbal fluidity, and building aural comprehension. The acquisition of skills in reading, writing and speaking is paramount, and every opportunity is used to teach students about the cultural and geographical civilizations being studied.
Spanish I A and B
For students with little or no prior exposure to the language, this introductory course emphasizes basic vocabulary, phonetics and grammar. It uses dialogues to ask and respond to questions, engage in basic conversations, and introduces oral readings from Spanish literature. Students are encouraged to actively communicate in the small group setting.
Spanish II A and B
The foundation established in Spanish I is expanded on in this course, which continues the development of verbal and aural skills and increases the emphasis on reading and writing. Reading assignments are designed to build vocabulary and develop familiarity with the language and the culture, and an interdisciplinary approach exposes students to the culture and language of Spanish-speaking countries via geography, history, film, literature and music. Credits: 2 Prerequisite: Spanish I.
Prerequisite: Spanish I and II Credits: 2
French I, II
At Northwest Academy, the connection between a healthy mind and body to overall success in life is front and center every day.
Personal Fitness is more than an academic credit; it is an important coping skill for lifelong management of stress, anxiety, and many other mental health issues. All students participate in a Personal Fitness class each term.
The personal fitness instructor initiates both group and individual fitness goals by assisting students to strive for healthy lifestyle changes. This includes instruction in traditional cardio workouts, weight training, yoga, nutrition, group and individual sports, and health for life.
The School’s beautiful location makes it possible for students to participate in a wide range of outdoor, seasonal activities such as: down-hill skiing, snowboarding, fast-water kayaking, rock climbing, and alpine hiking, in breathtaking, spirit-awakening surroundings, that often have profound effects on attitude and receptivity.
Physical exercise and healthy lifestyle choices directly correlate to mental well-being. The mind-body connection is an essential curriculum component at Northwest Academy.
In this course, various issues are discussed and skills are taught that pertain to everyday living, such as personal hygiene, physical fitness, relationship building, nutrition and mental/emotional health. In addition, a special workshop on human sexuality is required.
Individual and Team Sports
Several individual and team sports focus on fundamental skills, coordination and teamwork, sportsmanship, good conduct, adherence to rules and a spirit of competition. Self-discipline, communication, and the ability to win and lose with dignity are among the values taught by participation in basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball, golf and/or cross-country running.
Alcohol and Drug Education
The impact of alcohol and drugs on the body’s system is examined through courses considering addiction symptoms, peer pressure, family patterns and use of drugs or alcohol as a means of coping with other problems. The courses, taught by certified addictions specialists, also explore methods of relapse prevention and maintenance of a clean and sober lifestyle.
Exposure to visual and performing arts complements a student’s academic and personal growth program and introduces new avenues for personal expression. Staff members with appropriate training, experience and expertise teach the arts as electives, leisure time activities or special classes, as time and schedules permit. Fine Arts are not offered every term.
Music & the Arts
If your student plays an instrument, we can assist them in continuing their study. Or, if your child has an interest in learning a new instrument, we can arrange for your son or daughter to take music lessons. We work with a number of talented individuals in the area to provide musical instruction. Additionally, your child may bring an instrument to campus and opportunities are made available to practice as time permits.