Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

ENGLISH/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT

Students must complete Northwest Academy’s entire four-year high school English/Humanities program, including Thesis Seminar.

MATH REQUIREMENT

Students must complete Northwest Academy’s math proficiencies, including proficiencies in Algebra l, Geometry, and Algebra 2. Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry, Statistics, Calculus, Advanced Calculus, and Advanced Vector Calculus are available as math electives.

SCIENCE REQUIREMENT

To meet Northwest Academy’s science requirement, students must complete three years of science, including Biology/Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, and Physics. Students may take an additional year of advanced science as an elective.

WORLD LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

Students are required to complete Level 2 (second year) of a World Language. To meet this requirement, the student must exhibit language skills equal to high school Level 2 proficiency.

ARTS DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT

Students must complete seven Arts elective credits to meet the graduation requirement. To meet the Arts Diversity requirement, students must complete a full year each of visual and performing arts as well as a full year of either literary or media arts.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

Students may take dance classes, martial arts, or yoga to satisfy Northwest Academy’s Physical Education requirement. Students may also do an independent physical education project. Proposals must be submitted and approved.

COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENT

Students must do 30 hours of community service to satisfy Northwest Academy’s Community Service requirement. Proposals must be submitted and approved.

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    At every grade level, we respect our students’ abilities to comprehend challenging ideas and demonstrate their understanding with insight and creativity.

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    Northwest Academy is committed to inspiring students to discover their intellectual and artistic voices in a creative and supportive atmosphere fueled by curiosity and constructive challenge.

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    Students utilize the Central Library, Portland State University, and nearby museums and performing arts centers.

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