Program & Philosophy

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  • Grades 6-8

    Northwest Academy’s Middle School is committed to the well-being of its young adolescent students.

At Northwest Academy, We Believe In

Head of Middle School

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    Rachael Torchia 

    Head of Middle School

Our Philosophy

Personal support, academic rigor, and artistic adventure inspire students to be intellectually curious and intrinsically motivated. Awareness of the particular social and academic needs of this age group is of the utmost priority. Accordingly, students are provided assistance and encouragement as they develop personal awareness and social responsibility crucial to the maturing middle school student. Students learn critical academic and life skills that allow them to excel in their learning and in their contributions to the community.

Our Program

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  • Fundamental (6th Grade)

    • English Literature & Writing: Fundamentals and Basic Work
    • Social Studies: Ancient Civilizations
    • Math (proficiency-based placement)
    • Life Science
    • Learning Lab
    • Visual Art
    • Tap Dance
    • Music (Band or Vocals)
    • World Language 
  • Preparatory (7th Grade)

    • English Literature & Writing: Applying the Fundamentals
    • Social Studies: Project Citizen
    • Math (proficiency-based placement)
    • Physical Science
    • Learning Lab
    • Theatre, Speech & Debate, Media Arts, Visual Art
    • Dance
    • Music (Band, Vocals, or Guitar)
    • World Language 
  • Exploratory (8th Grade)

    • English Literature & Writing: Patterns, Themes, and Genres
    • Social Studies: Modern Conflicts and Resolutions
    • Math (proficiency-based placement)
    • Earth Science
    • Learning Lab
    • Theatre, Visual Art, Digital Photography, Creative Writing
    • Dance
    • Tai Chi
    • Music (Band, Vocals, or Guitar)
    • World Language 
  • World Languages

    The Northwest Academy World Languages Program follows a communicative language acquisition model. This approach emphasizes immersion in the target language and a student-centered classroom in which they produce language from day one. 
    The program’s curricular benchmarks and standards come from the Proficiency Guidelines established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
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