Scoop: North Point Academy opening this fall in NJUHSD

Editor’s note: You don’t need an FOI request to report on the local schools. But you do need some sourcing. Here’s a press release that I received, dated August 1. I’m sharing it with you now.

This had been known as Sierra Mountain High School, but it is being enhanced and incorporating the best features of Sierra Mountain High; the principal is Anita Bagwell. Congratulations on the relaunch of this alternative high school in our district:

When it comes to high school education in Nevada County, families can choose from a large number of options. Just as in business, competition between schools has caused educators to become keenly aware of family and student interests.

Nevada Joint Union High School District (NJUHSD) offers various programs to meet different interests and needs. Comprehensive high schools, like Bear River and Nevada Union, are fabulous choices for students who want a traditional six hour school day with extensive opportunities for participation in athletics, music, other performing and fine arts, a diversity of clubs, and much more.

However, we also know the traditional high school scene is not for everyone. In our complex, complicated world, some families need a different option.

We’ve been listening. NJUHSD is proud to announce its newest high school option: North Point Academy, a school where your unique needs are our top priority.

The staff at North Point Academy (NPA) will sit down with each family to design a personalized program matching the goals, desires, and schedules of each student. With access to nearly all materials and services available across the high school district, NPA students can earn credits through a unique independent studies format.

While attending NPA, students can choose to enroll in one or two classes at Bear River or Nevada Union high schools or play on a sports team. NPA students can design their schedules to permit them to take classes at Sierra College, enroll in ROP, or work at a job or internship.

NPA can also serve students involved in time-intensive competition at the local or national level or ones whose families travel out of the state or country for periods of time. For additional support, laptop computers are available to every student.

Some families need a “home studies” option for a season or two to accommodate a particular family event or allow time for student growth. Some families recognize the independent option as a valuable way for their student to accelerate and become college and/or career ready ahead of his/her peer group.

Independent study courses at NPA are available either online or with the same textbooks used at BRHS and NUHS, thereby allowing students to make seamless transitions between schools.

Whatever your student needs, we will collaborate with you to build a program that works. NPA’s motto is “one student, one life at a time.”

North Point Academy has incorporated the best features of the former Sierra Mountain High School and added enhancements in services and scheduling.

It will open in the fall of 2013 as another alternative high school option alongside the award-winning Ghidotti Early College High School.

In the business of education, the competition is sharp. We know you want the best for your children. We’ve been listening. Applications are now available for North Point Academy.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

One thought on “Scoop: North Point Academy opening this fall in NJUHSD”

  1. I can’t image that this program would ever have happened without the plethora of alternative/charter programs available to parents with school-age children in Nevada County. I applaud this NPA initiative.

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