High School Program

The high school program is designed to provide outstanding preparation for college. Several Accelerated, Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered, benefiting students who strive for the challenge of a quality college preparatory education. NPA students are supported so they are able do their best personally and academically no matter what their level. With class sizes under 21, a high-quality fine arts program, strong athletic teams, and numerous clubs; NPA students excel academically, socially, and emotionally. Spartans don’t just get admitted to college; they thrive when they get there.

Transfer Students

NPA will post transfer credits from accredited secondary schools and colleges to students’ NPA transcripts. Students should be aware; however, that NPA may require additional courses to meet our specific diploma requirements.

NPA High School Graduation Requirements

Students shall earn a minimum of 24 credits within Grades 9-12.

At least 20 of the 24 overall credits shall be core class credits.

  • 4 credits of English
  • 4 credits of Math, including one course beyond Algebra II
  • 4 credits of Social Studies (2 World History, 1 US History, 1 US Govt./Economics)
  • 3 credits of Foreign Language (consecutive years of same language)
  • 3 credits of Laboratory Science
  • 2 credits of Core Electives
  • 1 credit of a Fine Art
  • 3 credits of additional electives (any courses other than those listed above)

**Core Electives may consist of any of the following: a fourth year of a Foreign Language or Lab Science, the AP Capstone courses (AP Seminar and AP Research), Introduction to Psychology, AP Computer Science, AP Studio Art, Model United Nations, Creative Writing, Introduction to Engineering Design, or Sports Medicine just to name a few. College courses at either CCC or NAU, if logistically feasible given student schedule might also be considered upon approval. Please note: course offerings are subject to change year-to-year and may be archived due to low numbers.

**All classes are yearlong courses and are worth ½ credit each semester equaling one full credit at the end of the year.

Typical Four-Year High School Plan

Typical 9th Grade Schedule

  • English 9- Writing Through the Humanities or Writing Through the Humanities Honors
  • Foreign Language: French or Spanish I
  • Math: Algebra I (or beyond depending on progression- see course catalog)
  • Science 9: Physics or Accelerated Physics
  • Social Studies 9: World History and Geography or Pre-AP World History and Geography
  • General or Core Elective (see graduation requirements)
  • Integrated Learning Strategies (study hall)

Typical 10th Grade Schedule

  • English 10: World Literature or World Literature Honors
  • Foreign Language: French or Spanish II
  • Math: Geometry (or beyond depending on progression- see course catalog)
  • Science: Chemistry or Biology (see course catalog regarding progression)
  • Social Studies 10: World History or AP World History
  • General or Core Elective (see graduation requirements)
  • Integrated Learning Strategies (study hall)

Typical 11th Grade Schedule

  • English 11: American Literature or AP English Literature and Composition
  • Foreign Language: French or Spanish III
  • Math: Algebra II (or beyond depending on progression- see course catalog)
  • Science: Chemistry or Biology (see course catalog regarding progression)
  • Social Studies 11: US History AP US History
  • General or Core Elective (see graduation requirements)
  • Integrated Learning Strategies (study hall)

Typical 12th Grade Schedule

  • English 12: English Literature and Composition or AP Language and Composition
  • Math: by placement – see course catalog
  • Social Studies: US Government & Economics
  • Science: If three lab sciences already met; may take another for core elective
  • Foreign Language: If three languages already met; may take another for core elective
  • General or Core Elective (see graduation requirements)
  • Integrated Learning Strategies (study hall)

Note regarding American Sign Language (ASL) as a Foreign Language Study:Some colleges and universities may not accept American Sign Language as a fulfillment of the foreign language requirement for admission. Students and families should check with the post-secondary institutions to which they plan to apply to learn if ASL satisfies the high school foreign language requirement.