High School Program

The high school program is designed to provide outstanding preparation for college.  Students can choose from a range of electives; however, students take five core level courses each year: typically, these are English, a foreign language, math, social studies/history, and science, but some students may take an alternate core-level class in place of the fourth science or foreign language credit. Students take electives as well. All classes are yearlong courses, and are worth ½ credit each semester.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the curriculum offered at NPA, or if you would like more information on our Honors classes, please contact a school counselor at 928-214-8776.

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 for which Algebra II is a prerequisite
  • 4 credits of Social Studies (2 World History, 1 US History, 1 US Govt./Economics)
  • 3 credits of Foreign Language
  • 3 credits of Laboratory Science
  • 2 credits of other core courses**

Up to 4 of the 24 overall credits may be elective class credits.

  • 1 elective credit must be in Fine Arts
  • 3 credits of other electives plus or including Health Requirement***

Students typically will enroll in five core classes, one elective, and one Integrated Learning Strategies (non-credit) course each year, yielding six credits each year toward the total of 24.

**usually an additional credit in each of Foreign Language and Science, but may be satisfied with any two courses approved as core level courses. Core level courses include any of the five core subject areas above, as well as the AP Capstone courses (AP Seminar and AP Research), Introduction to Psychology, AP Psychology, Computer Science, AP Studio Art, Global Issues, Model United Nations, Speech and Debate, Creative Writing II, and Introduction to Engineering Design.

Students wishing not to pursue a fourth credit in either science or foreign language may seek approval from the school to substitute another course to satisfy the core course requirement.  Examples of substitute courses can include:

  1. an additional NPA core course (e.g. an extra science course, extra English course, Psychology course, etc.),
  2. college course at either CCC or NAU, if logistically feasible given student schedule.

Other possibilities may be proposed to a school counselor/academic advisor for approval.

***NPA’s Health Requirement may be satisfied in any of the following ways:

  1. Completing PE102-Rec. Fitness/Health as an elective choice at some point within Grades 9-12;
  2. Earning one-half credit of Health from a prior school as transfer credit or summer school credit prior to the start of 12th grade; or
  3. Taking a non-credit health-only class through NPA when offered in summer or on Saturdays. Students who have not satisfied the requirement prior to the start of 12th grade will be automatically enrolled in PE102 for 12th grade as a sixth course beyond the five core classes, unless alternate arrangements are made with the school.

NPA will post transfer credits from accredited secondary schools and colleges to students’ NPA transcripts. Students should be aware, however, that NPA still may require students to be enrolled in five core classes each year, even if that might result in a student surpassing the minimum graduation requirements. Students with special circumstances may seek exception from a school counselor and appeals may be directed to the Principal.

High School Program 2018-2019

Typical 9th Grade Schedule

  • English: Writing Through the Humanities 9 or Writing Through the Humanities 9 Honors
  • Foreign Language: French I, Spanish I, or American Sign Language I (see note below)
  • Math: by placement – see Math section of catalog
  • Science: Physics 9 or Accelerated Physics 9
  • Social Studies: World History 9 or Advanced Placement World History 9
  • Sixth course: chosen from available general elective courses; usually a Fine Arts course or Rec. Fitness/Health
  • Seventh course: usually Integrated Learning Strategies

Typical 10th Grade Schedule

  • English: World Literature 10 or World Literature 10 Honors
  • Foreign Language: French II, Spanish II, or American Sign Language II (see note below)
  • Math: by placement – see Math section of catalog
  • Science: Biology, or the most appropriate science course based on math placement and/or future course plans within science
  • Social Studies: World History 10 or Advanced Placement World History 10
  • Sixth course: usually a Fine Arts course or Physical Education/Health
  • Seventh course: chosen from available general elective courses

Typical 11th Grade Schedule

  • English: American Literature 11 or AP English Literature and Composition
  • Foreign Language: French III or Spanish III
  • Math: by placement – see Math section of catalog
  • Science: Chemistry or most appropriate science course based on math placement and/or future course plans within science
  • Social Studies: US History 11 or AP US History 11
  • Elective course: chosen from available general elective courses
  • Elective course: chosen from available general elective courses

Typical 12th Grade Schedule

  • English: English Literature and Composition 12 or AP English Language and Composition
  • Foreign Language: French IV or Spanish IV
  • Math: by placement – see Math section of catalog
  • Science: Most appropriate science course based on math placement and/or future college plans within science
  • Social Studies: US Government & Economics
  • Elective course: chosen from available general elective courses
  • Elective course: chosen from available general elective courses

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.