Teacher-Directed Programs

NorthStar Academy is an alternate status, Grade 1 to 12 school within the Golden Hills School Division. With our mission to provide exemplary Christian education for students at home and abroad, NorthStar Academy partners with parents to offer students a quality educational program within a rich and supportive community.

At NorthStar Academy we have a passion to see our students develop a Biblical worldview and become skilled servants of Jesus Christ. We are particularly invested in guiding students in developing 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.

In our teacher-directed program, NorthStar Academy uses a variety of internet based tools to link local students with other students worldwide and with Alberta certified teachers who provide the students' instruction and assessment. 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.

Benefits of registering with NorthStar Academy’s Teacher-Directed Programs:

  • Caring, Christian teachers who believe in alternative education
  • Biblical worldview integration
  • Activity Days and Learning Clusters - a great way to meet new friends and try new things
  • Three delivery models to help support Christian home learning
    • Online
    • Print-based
    • Shared-responsibility (teacher-directed portion can be either print-based or online)
  • Supportive parent community in our virtual Parent Cafe
  • Educational Supports including: 
    • Learning Supports consultation
    • Access to school-chosen online learning subscriptions
    • Access to standardized assessments

Online Program

NorthStar Academy’s online program is a teacher-directed approach to education for Grade 5 to 12 students where teachers are responsible for the planning, instruction and assessment of a student’s learning.  

NSA support students who desire a flexible learning environment by providing instruction through our learning management system (Moodle) and access to certified Alberta teachers for further support.  Our online program is “asynchronous” rather than in “real time” which allows further flexibility in how students structure their school day.    If they choose, there are regular opportunities for students to meet virtually with their teachers and classmates.   

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. Students enrolled in our online program need to have a quiet place to work for this amount of time.

Along with our students and teachers, supervisors (usually parents) are very important members of our learning community and a key contributor to our students’ success.  Online education opens up a much greater opportunity (and responsibility) for parents to partner with teachers in the education of their children. Students perform best when supervisors are present throughout the school day and using regular check-ins and on-going communication to keep students accountable to their schedule and goals.

At-Home Learning and Technology Requirements     Online Program Frequently Asked Questions

Required Documentation to Register:

  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate.
  • A copy of the child’s most recent report card (if new to NSA)
  • A completed registration form.

Register today

Contact Information

Phone: 403-335-9587

Toll-Free: 1-866-335-9587

Email: office@nsaschool.ca

 

Print-Based Resource (PBR) Program

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NorthStar Academy’s print-based resource program is a teacher-directed approach to education for grades 1 to 9 where teachers are responsible for the planning, instruction, and assessment of a student’s learning.

NorthStar Academy supports students who desire a flexible learning environment by providing the majority of instruction through approved print-based resources and access to certified Alberta teachers for further support. Our print-based resource program is “asynchronous” rather than in “real time” which allows further flexibility in how students structure their school day.  If they choose, there are regular opportunities for students to meet virtually with their teachers and classmates. 

Our partnership with parents/supervisors is the key to our students’ success. They help keep students accountable to their schedule and goals through regular check ins and ongoing communication.  

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. Students enrolled in our print-based resource program need to have a quiet place to work for this amount of time.

Along with our students and teachers, supervisors (usually parents) are very important members of our learning community and a key contributor to our students’ success.  Online education opens up a much greater opportunity (and responsibility) for parents to partner with teachers in the education of their children. Students perform best when supervisors are present throughout the school day and using regular check-ins and on-going communication to keep students accountable to their schedule and goals.

 

PBR Program Frequently Asked Questions

Required Documentation to Register:

  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate.
  • A copy of the child’s most recent report card (if new to NSA)
  • A completed registration form.

Register today

Contact Information

Phone: 403-335-9587

Toll-Free: 1-866-335-9587

Email: office@nsaschool.ca

School Notice

High School Enrollment/Withdrawal Deadline

- High School non primary registration closes Feb 29, 2024
- High School course withdrawal deadline is Feb 29, 2024.
After that date, there is a $200/course withdrawal fee