Connect Golden Hills School Division

Online Program

Click here for a list of our online courses and course descriptions

 

NorthStar Academy Canada 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 Canada 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.

NorthStar Academy Canada uses the internet to link local students with other students worldwide and with Alberta certified teachers who provide the students' instruction and marking. As a result, students receive full Alberta credit for their courses and can receive an Alberta High School Diploma after completing Grade 12 and meeting Alberta Education requirements.

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 Canada program. On-line 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. 

Some parents have asked us to help with more input and direction for their children, and we are enthusiastic to partner with parents through this option. If this sounds like you, call us to talk with our Online Educator about your needs.

Learning Environment

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 on-line and computer time.


How The Online Program Works

NorthStar Academy Canada provides a grade 5 through 12 completely on-line school program for the at home learner, as well as a partially on-line program for grade 1 to 4 students. This program especially meets the needs of home school families who want an accredited Christian education for their children but want their children to continue studying at home.

NorthStar Academy Canada is intentionally structured to partner with parents, rather than replace them. Parents provide the home learning environment while NorthStar Academy Canada provides the instruction, marking and accreditation. Our NorthStar Academy Canada program is “asynchronous” rather than “real time” which allows parents flexibility in structuring the school day around:

  1. Travel
  2. Part-time student jobs
  3. Student responsibilities in a family business or farm
  4. Medical treatments
  5. Sports and music
  6. Competition schedules
  7. Courses are designed to work on five-year-old computer equipment and software

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 Canada 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.


Technical Requirements

Each family or school will need to provide the following:

  1. Computer, either PC or MAC (each student taking online courses will need one)
  2. Operating system - minimum Windows Vista or newer
  3. DVD Drive
  4. Speakers
  5. Microphone (highly suggested for skyping with teachers)
  6. Stable High Speed Internet Connection
  7. Designated area for school work
  8. Printer
  9. Scanner (required for some courses)
  10. Microsoft Office 2007 or newer (for either a PC or MAC) 
  11. Malware Protection (e.g. Microsoft Security Essentials, Nortin Anti-virus)
  12. Google Chrome (free download)
  13. Acrobat Reader (free download)
  14. QuickTime (Free download)
  15. Java (Free download)
  16. IPAD OR TABLET WILL NOT WORK 

OUR PROGRAM IS BOTH PC AND MAC/APPLE FRIENDLY