Online Learning

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How The Online Program Works

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NorthStar Academy provides a grade 5 through 12 completely online school program for the at-home learner, as well as a partially online program for grade 1 to 4 students. This program especially meets the needs of homeschool families who want an accredited Christian education for their children but want their children to continue studying at home.

NorthStar Academy is intentionally structured to partner with parents, rather than replace them. Parents provide the home learning environment while NorthStar Academy provides the instruction, marking and accreditation. Our NorthStar Academy program is “asynchronous” rather than “real-time” which allows parents flexibility in structuring the school day around:

  1. Travel
  2. Part-time student jobs
  3. Student responsibilities in a family business or farm
  4. Medical treatments
  5. Sports and music
  6. Competition schedules
  7. Courses are designed to work on five-year-old computer equipment and software

There is a direct relationship between time on task and student learning. Parents and students need to realize that a quality education will require a full school day and a full school year.

Most students require about 5 to 7 hours per day (25-35 hours per week) for 36 weeks a year to complete the NorthStar Academy program. Parents need to ensure that students enrolled in our program have a relatively quiet place to work for this amount of time under their supervision.

Benefits of registering with NorthStar Academy:

  • Caring teachers who believe in education from home
  • NSA will work with you to ensure students have the resources they need
  • Free Field trips
  • Learning Clusters - a great way to meet new friends and try new things
  • Four exciting choices to help support Christian home learning
  • Supportive and dynamic community
  • Availability of online lessons and resources

Our Online Program

NorthStar Academy is a Canadian Evangelical Christian community of learners working and studying in an online context. We use the internet to offer high-quality education from an Evangelical Christian perspective. Our students are learners who may be studying at home, overseas or within Canada, or at a Christian school anywhere in the world.

At NorthStar Academy  we have a passion to see all children and youth develop a Biblical worldview and to become skilled servants of Jesus Christ. We are particularly concerned that they develop a strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that they make Him the Lord of all their life and learning, and that they develop the skills to be able to maximize their impact for Jesus Christ in this world.

NorthStar Academy  uses the internet to link local students with other students worldwide and with Alberta certified teachers who provide the students' instruction and marking. As a result, students receive full Alberta credit for their courses and can receive an Alberta High School Diploma after completing Grade 12 and meeting Alberta Education requirements.

As well as our students and teachers, supervisors (usually parents) are very important members of our learning community. They represent a key element to the success of the NorthStar Academy program. Online education opens up a much greater opportunity (and responsibility) for parents to partner with teachers in the Christian education of their children. Students perform best when supervisors are present throughout the school day.

Learning Environment

Students require an environment free from distraction during a structured workday of about 5 to 7 hours. The computer workstation should be centrally located so that the supervisor can readily monitor the student's online and computer time.