If your student is making the transition from Learning Zone to New Horizons Academy, we recommend a gradual approach. Younger students in the 5th and 6th grades do best taking 1-3 classes and getting used to the routine of weekly classes with daily assignments to be completed at home the rest of the week. There are a few middle school classes offered each year that are appropriate for 5th graders such as English 5/6 and Middle School Chemistry/Physics. A 6th grader will find more options such as Earth Science, literature, and art.
Students in 7th and 8th grades are usually ready for the rigor of more classes and may take as many classes as you choose. We offer a wide array of upper middle school classes in core subjects with elective subjects varying each year.
Students in all middle school courses should expect to take notes in class, to use a Schoology account to receive and submit their assignments, and to submit their assignments on given due dates. Parents are expected to grade daily assignments in some classes such as English and math. Parents should also expect to need to monitor student's progress on weekly assignments, especially in the lower grades. You know your child best and you know if they have finished their work to your standards or not. Instructors give letter grades in nearly all middle school courses. Please read each instructor's syllabus for details on their grading process.
New Horizons Academy offers high school students a set of core courses that help families continue homeschooling through these years. Core courses have high expectations with regular homework, tests, projects, papers and grades. Some of the core courses are taught in accordance with the AP exam requirements and self-motivated students may take the AP exams at the end of the year if they have covered any additional material not covered in the course. Math classes may require an entrance examination and many classes have prerequisites. NHA elective course offerings vary year to year in accordance with the needs of the currently enrolled students.