God has given each child unique gifts and abilities. By utilizing a combination of resources and the leading of great teachers, NorthStar's Teacher Directed Program is tailored to meet each student's individual interests, abilities and needs.
Teacher Directed Learning allows your child to:
Although Alberta Education has specific Learner Outcomes for each subject and grade level, they can be met using a variety of resources and methods. Our teachers will select the resources that match your student's learning needs from among the extensive list of instructional materials that NorthStar teachers have reviewed and approved. Our teacher directed program is designed for students and parents who desire regular support and direction from an NSA teacher, and want their child to work from home.
NorthStar Academy is a Canadian Evangelical Christian community of learners working and studying in an online context. We use the internet to offer high-quality education from an Evangelical Christian perspective. Our students are learners who may be studying at home, overseas or within Canada, or at a Christian school anywhere in the world.
|At NorthStar Academy we have a passion to see all children and youth develop a Biblical worldview and to become skilled servants of Jesus Christ. We are particularly concerned that they develop a strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that they make Him the Lord of all their life and learning, and that they develop the skills to be able to maximize their impact for Jesus Christ in this world.|
|As well as our students and teachers, supervisors (usually parents) are very important members of our learning community. They represent a key element to the success of the NorthStar Academy program. Online education opens up a much greater opportunity (and responsibility) for parents to partner with teachers in the Christian education of their children. Students perform best when supervisors are present throughout the school day.|
Students require an environment free from distraction during a structured workday of about 5 to 7 hours. The computer workstation should be centrally located so that the supervisor can readily monitor the student's online and computer time.
NorthStar Academy is intentionally structured to partner with parents, rather than replace them. Parents provide the home learning environment while NorthStar Academy provides the instruction, marking and accreditation. NorthStar Academy's program is “asynchronous” rather than “real time” which allows parents flexibility in structuring the school day around:
There is a direct relationship between time on task and student learning. Parents and students need to realize that a quality education will require a full school day and a full school year.
Most students require about 5 to 7 hours per day (25-35 hours per week) for 36 weeks a year to complete the NorthStar Academy program. Parents need to ensure that students enrolled in our program have a relatively quiet place to work for this amount of time under their supervision.
Each family or school will need to provide the following:
OUR PROGRAM IS BOTH PC AND MAC/APPLE FRIENDLY
We will work with families to ensure students have the resources they need to meet the Alberta Education outcomes.
Each week the student must log in to our Learning Management System called Moodle to submit work and show attendance. There are also instruction and support materials in Moodle that will assist your child as they study with NorthStar, at home.