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High School

Unleashing future leaders to impact the world

We equip, inspire, nurture, challenge, engage and empower students to succeed in the years following high school. Our High School program builds students who think creatively in order to solve problems. Through rigorous academics, opportunities to serve and lead, every student who graduates from NLA will be prepared to harness their talents and knowledge to change the world.

Scholarship

Choosing a Christian school doesn’t mean compromising academically. Our faith inspires a higher level of excellence. Every course challenges and inspires students to live ethically, think critically, and love generously. The 15% IP program equips students with a spirit of determination, creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Leadership

Every student has a space to explore his or her talents in a nurturing atmosphere at New Life Academy.  We celebrate the unique dreams and skills God has gifted each student. By creating opportunities for them to develop and discipling them to lead, students are equipped to go into their world and make an impact for God’s kingdom.

Service

As students learn the foundations of a life with Christ, they grow as servants. It’s our mission to engage the mind and heart to overflow into an active life of serving, because when you serve, everyone changes, those serving and those served.

What to look forward to in High School at New Life Academy

A Community Group is a fun time for building strong peer relationships that result in positive school culture. Groups of 10-15 students are formed along with a teacher or faculty member to develop guidance and advocacy. Community Groups meet 1-2 times per month and cover various topics, develop life skills and engage in activities, learning and challenges with other teams.

We’ve modified the class schedule so that two days a week we have longer blocks of classes to allow for deeper investigation of topics and more time on experiments and projects. On the other three days, we provide students a FLEX time mid-morning. Students can use this time as a brain break, connect with teachers for additional help, catch up on assignments and tests or simply rejuvenate with a snack from our A La Carte Center.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1st Hour
8:00 - 8:48
1st Hour
8:00 - 8:48
1st Hour
8:00-9:30
5th Hour
8:00-9:30
1st Hour
8:00 - 8:48
2nd Hour
8:52 - 9:40
2nd Hour
8:52 - 9:40
2nd Hour
8:52 - 9:40
FLEX
9:40 - 10:14
FLEX
9:40 - 10:14
2nd Hour
9:40-11:10
Chapel/
Community Groups
9:40 - 11:10
FLEX
9:40 - 10:14
3rd Hour
10:18 - 11:06
3rd Hour
10:18 - 11:06
3rd Hour
10:18 - 11:06
4th Hour
11:10 - 11:58
4th Hour
11:10 - 11:58
3rd Hour
11:20-11:10
6th Hour
11:20-12:50
4th Hour
11:10 - 11:58
Lunch
11:58 - 12:24
Lunch
11:58 - 12:24
Lunch
11:58 - 12:24
5th Hour
12:28 - 1:16
5th Hour
12:28 - 1:16
Lunch
12:50 - 1:26
Lunch
12:50 - 1:26
5th Hour
12:28 - 1:16
6th Hour
1:20 - 2:08
6th Hour
1:20 - 2:08
4th Hour
1:30-3:00
7th Hour
1:30-3:00
6th Hour
1:20 - 2:08
7th Hour
2:12 - 3:00
7th Hour
2:12 - 3:00
7th Hour
2:12 - 3:00

Learning excursions promote student growth both inside and outside of the classroom, allowing them to grow in new ways. Though the classroom is irreplaceable, we believe that some of the most important lessons we learn happen in real life, in the world around us. We value offering our students a chance to see how God is moving on a larger scale – that’s why we integrate class learning excursions into our spiritual, leadership and service development plan. Learning excursions are either co-curricular as an all class event or extra-curricular as an opportunity. Typically they include team-building activities, chapel with small group discussions, expanding on topics learned in the classroom, and enjoying and exploring God’s creation.

Through this extended time of experiential learning, students learn responsibility, build character and community, and deepen their relationships with the Lord, their teachers and their classmates.

The following Learning Excursions happen in High School:

9th Grade Freshman Retreat | 1 Day
9th graders will kick off the year together in one action packed day of activities designed to orientate students to high school, build new friendships and get to know each other, and grow spiritually. The day starts at New Life Academy where students will meet their teachers, get their class schedules and receive advice from National Honor Society members. After the school orientation is complete, students are all bussed to a local venue (typically a parent’s home) for the second half, which includes 4 sessions taught by local youth pastors and a Bible teacher from NLA. These sessions focus on team building, finding your identity in Christ, developing strong and positive friendships, respect and honor.  Members of the senior class join to build mentorship between the senior and freshman class. There is no shortage of fun, food and friendships that are built during the freshman retreat.

10th Grade 3-Day Excursion | WI
Sophomores will spend 3 days at Living Waters Bible Camp in WI where students spend time connecting as a class through team-building activities, chapel sessions and outdoor classes that include studying nature, hiking, fossil finding, bonfires wall climbing, zip lining, giant swings and mud bogs. Long lasting relationships with teachers and peers are built on this trip.

11th Grade Mission Impact | 1 week Excursion
Juniors have the choice between an international or a local Service Leadership experience. We team up with Lead222 for the International Service Leadership designed specifically so high school students can live out examples of being a servant leader for Christ. This year, students will be going to Mexico to perform service projects for the churches and organizations that serve the local community. Students will develop leadership skills during sessions and then put them into practice during the projects while learning the importance of flexibility and teamwork as they unite together to accomplish a single task. The local opportunity will mimic this right here in our own Minnesota community where we will serve a local school in Minneapolis for 2 days and then travel to Camp Shamineau for an additional 3 days of leadership training and service.

12th Grade Fall Leadership Retreat | 1.5 Day Excursion
Seniors will kick off their final year at New Life with a short 30-hour event that aims to develop students for their leadership role they will hold. Seniors are expected to lead their fellow high school students in school spirit and set examples for growth, character and spiritual development.

Europe Excursion | 1 week
Offered every other year to 10-12th graders
Students have the experience to experience different cultures, broaden their perspectives of different people and learn about historical places. Every trip will select a different country in Europe so students will have the opportunity to go on more than one trip.

Spanish Costa Rica Mission Excursion | 1 week
Offered to students in Spanish III or CIS Spanish every two years.
Students travel to  Costa Rica with the group Joshua Expeditions, a non-profit Christian organization founded for the purpose of assisting schools and churches in bringing the world to young people and the Gospel to the world. It is an opportunity for the students to work with children participating in VBS-type activities as a way to share God’s love through their actions. Students will also see the beautiful country and enjoy white-water rafting, taking a Catamaran cruise, visiting a volcano and more! For every trip we take with Joshua Expeditions, they donate 1 week of food to partnering orphanages, refugee centers and other organizations in the region.

Senior Trip | 1 week
The final event of a student’s career at New Life Academy is the senior trip. Following graduation, the senior class travels to Estes Park, Colorado for a week of class bonding reflecting, hiking and white water rafting. Seniors look back at what God has done in their lives as they go off into the world with the full assurance of Christ’s love.

Students can participate in a variety of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, which provides a comprehensive academic experience and further develop a student’s talents, passions, skills and character outside the classroom.

High School Enrichment Opportunities:

  • Choir
  • Choir and Band Tours
  • Pep Band
  • Morningstar Vocal Ensemble
  • School of Fine Arts
  • Fall and Spring Drama
  • Student Council
  • International Student Club
  • Mock Trial
  • National Honor Society
  • One Act
  • Publications
  • Ski Club
  • Athletics

We have more than Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes. We offer College in the Schools (CIS) and Postsecondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) on campus so students can earn both high school and College credit simultaneously. If desired, students can earn up to 16 college credits per semester without leaving the NLA campus, which means students still enjoy their high school experience.

Take the next step to prepare and equip your child for success.

Always minded towards paving the way for a brighter future for our students, our academic program will challenge, equip and empower your student in a nurturing environment.