All Kinds of News for July 11, 2018
Northwest Academy’s academic program combines both the cognitive and emotional learning processes. Cognitive learning is facilitated through problem solving, recall, and application. Emotional and social learning aids in the development of the skills, attitudes, and values necessary to achieve academic goals. Together, they create a foundation for students to find academic success.
Northwest Academy is the only therapeutic boarding school designed to meet the unique needs of high school juniors and seniors (ages 16-18). The academy’s focus is on preparing these emerging young adults for the rigors of college or a vocational pursuit.
As part of the admissions process, a student’s academic transcript is assessed and an academic projection is created. This projection indicates the courses a student needs in order to graduate from high school. Upon enrollment, a student meets with Northwest Academy’s Academic Director to review the courses they need to complete in order to obtain a diploma. Students learn that they can take dual-enrollment classes, attend community college classes and retake classes to expunge a poor grade in order to improve their grade point average. Each student has a voice in how they want to chart their academic future, a skill that is invaluable when pursing undergraduate studies. At Northwest Academy, students are assisted in applying to and being accepted to the colleges and universities of their choice.
“A graduate contacted me recently to report that all of his college buddies were struggling with their Freshman English course. While he was with us we discussed his plan of pursuing Engineering in college. He lamented about his dislike of English. So together we devised a plan to have him take English as a dual-enrollment course. Therefore he didn’t have to take any English classes in college,” shared Northwest Academy Academic Director Julie Williams.
Northwest Academy assists students to learn to identify their academic areas of strength and to utilize techniques to allow them to overcome their areas of weakness. Students benefit from academic coaching, adaptive technology, specialized instruction, small class sizes and extended time for testing. Students use the resources available to this generation through the use of a computer tablet. They access the planning and calendar features in an effort to allow them to gain independence in their planning and management of appointments and deadlines. Further, they explore features which allow the learning process to be more accessible to them, from voice-to-text and audio books to web-based resources.
At Northwest Academy each student is encouraged to participate in a community college course. This early access to post-secondary coursework serves to demystify the college experience and sets students up to begin college with confidence.
When students graduate Northwest Academy, they depart with the academic skills and personal self-confidence and motivation to be successful in college and beyond. Moreover, the majority, through the help of Northwest Academy’s College Guidance counselor, have been accepted to anywhere from one to five colleges of their choice.
About Northwest Academy
Northwest Academy specializes in working with high school juniors and seniors, ages 16-18, who are college capable but expressing unhealthy independence, defying authority and family rules, have lost sight of their post-secondary dreams, and oftentimes are using or abusing drugs and alcohol. These negative behaviors are often a result of underlying issues including ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and adoption/identity challenges.
Through individual, group and family therapy students work on addressing family dynamics and their own thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and the relationships and patterns between them. They participate in a recovery program and evaluate their substance use, co-dependency, and excessive social-media use.
Northwest Academy provides the people, place and experiences that equip students with the knowledge to manage life’s ever-changing and challenging situations.