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Preparing our students for what comes next.

The Upper School years serve as another transition period in which the student is developing intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally into an adult. During these last years of skill development, the student prepares for life after Northstar and is supported throughout the process with a team of professionals to provide support and guidance. 

Upper School has an 8:1 student:teacher ratio.

Upper School Highlights

  • Customized curriculum designed to emphasize character development, self-determination and self-advocacy
  • School-wide positive behavior reward system.  Students earn weekly and monthly incentives by following the school rules and using our school organization system
  • Skill development focused on independent living, building job skills and preparing for post-secondary education
  • Individualized student schedules based on future goals and graduation requirements for Advanced, Standard and Applied Studies diplomas
  • Transition Program beginning at age 14
  • Students ages 16+ have the opportunity to participate in career technical training at the Career Center. Programs include: Business Technology, Construction & Maintenance, Hospitality, Materials Handling, and Veterinary Assisting
  • College bound students receive coaching for college study and the admissions process
  • Student led community service opportunities
  • Along with teachers, each student is assigned a Family/Student Liaison, who serves as an additional level of support and resource for your student and is another point of contact for families regarding internal and external resources.
  • Partnership with GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program) to help students develop a game plan for life after Northstar that matches their individual interests and abilities, while also helping overcome motivational and financial challenges of pursuing those goals

Upper school students have a wide range of course offerings. Course selections are based on the student’s diploma path.

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In addition to the core subject areas, Upper School students may have the opportunity to participate in our Career Center or choose from the following electives:

  • Art
  • Computer Technology
  • Foreign Language
  • Intro to Coding & Robotics
  • Computer Science Foundations
  • Writing
  • Specialized Reading Instruction

You're Invited!

Contact us to schedule a tour and find out how Northstar can help your student discover their abilities in school and in the workplace.

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