Who We Educate
Discover Their Potential
Since 1996, Northstar Academy has helped students from a variety of backgrounds and with an array of needs to discover their true potential.
Since Northstar’s founding in 1996, we have dedicated ourselves to educating children with a wide range of academic challenges and intellectual abilities. Through our years of experience, we have become experts in serving this student population.
We serve 12 of the 13 disabilities identified by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), including:
- Neurological disorders such as high-functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and executive function disorders.
- Learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and non-verbal learning disability.
- Other health impairments, including ADHD and cerebral palsy.
However, we do not believe that labels define the student, or that students who learn differently are “disabled.” We find that children who learn differently often have an edge over their traditional-thinking peers and need a school that understands how to unlock this potential. By welcoming this wide variety of students, we represent the broader community and offer our students the opportunity to learn from one another.
Many schools believe that students who think and learn differently need accommodations and that is what you will find in traditional school settings. However, we know that accommodations are not enough, and that is why Northstar is so successful at what we do. We value every student as an individual and are specialists in identifying our students’ strengths and capitalizing on their unique abilities and talents. We recognize that because our students learn differently, they thrive with individual strategies and personal attention.
Our groundbreaking curriculum is rich and rigorous and prepares our college-bound students for their futures. Our methods of instruction help students master this innovative and challenging curriculum and use the arts and self-expression to examine ways to overcome academic roadblocks.
Using the arts as a gateway to learning and expression, we guide students to think differently about themselves, and we help parents think differently about their child.