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What are the beliefs held at NLA?
What is the review process for an application?
Our goal at New Life Academy is to match students/families with our school mission statement by evaluating applicants on the spiritual, academic and behavioral requirements identified in the admissions standards.
How do you define your Admissions decisions?
Accept: The student and parent(s) are deemed a qualified mission-match for NLA and acceptance is offered. Acceptance may be revoked if the student’s final report card shows a drop in academic or behavioral performance.
Wait Pool: A student is placed in the “wait pool” when he/she qualifies as a mission-match for NLA but there is no space available in the grade at that time. Wait pools are not prioritized wait lists. Should space become available in that grade, all candidates in the wait pool will be reviewed again by the Admissions Committee and the “most qualified” candidate will be selected.
Deny: When a student (and/or parent) is deemed not a mission-match for NLA, a denial letter is emailed to the parent(s) of the applicant. All parent communication is handled by the Admissions department. We are happy to clarify our admissions policies and procedures, however, due to the confidential nature of the admissions process, we are unable to discuss specific qualifications of any applicant, including reasons for denial. In the case of siblings who are not accepted, every effort will be made to contact the families by phone as a courtesy, followed by a letter. The denial decision is for one school year only and students are welcome to re-apply for future grades.
Stopping the Process: If a student’s report card, transcript or other information provided on the application (including but not limited to student and family church attendance) show that the applicant will not meet the NLA admissions criteria at this time, the admission process is stopped. Out of respect for the applicant, the Admissions Officer will notify the parents that the process has been stopped. Applicants are welcome to reapply when criteria is met.
Priority Consideration: It is the desire of NLA to keep families together by giving priority consideration to qualified siblings, alumni, current NLA preschool students, and children of NLA faculty.
What are your guidelines for enrolling in Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten?
A child should be 3 years old by September 1st of the year he or she is applying for Preschool. A child should be 4 years old by September 1st of the year he or she is applying for Pre-K. A child should be 5 years old by September 1 of the year he or she is applying for Kindergarten.
A child’s birthday is always viewed in the full context of developmental maturity and will include physical, emotional, and social development as well as academic readiness.
What is the latest transfer date for high school students
The latest transfer point for a high school student to New Life Academy is the beginning of senior year. A student transferring at this stage must be on track to graduate under NLA graduation requirements or they will not be accepted and the admissions process will be stopped.
All high school transfer students files will be reviewed against New Life Academy’s graduation requirements to ensure they will meet the criteria for graduation.
Is NLA Accredited?
New Life Academy is fully accredited by AdvancED and currently obtaining accreditation by ACSI
Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Independent School Management, Inc (ISM)
Minnesota Independent Schools Forum (MISF)
Woodbury Chamber of Commerce
MCAA (Minnesota Christian Athletic Association)
MSHSL (Minnesota State High School League)
How is NLA different from other schools?
Our teachers overlay their commitment to academic excellence with a biblical worldview. Our mission statement guides all aspects of school and community life, from classrooms to the athletic fields, on stage and off campus. We exist to educate and energize each student to impact their world for Jesus Christ and to reach their full potential in scholarship, leadership and service out of love for God and one another.
How does NLA address the diversity of academic strengths and challenges of each student?
We believe God created each student individually and our teachers utilize a variety of teaching strategies to engage students and maximize their learning styles. Our smaller class sizes allow an intimate learning environment for teachers to know when a student is ready for a challenge and how to provide support when needed.
What is the current enrollment?
The current enrollment (fall 2016) is 743 students, including 25 International students.
Early Childhood: 164
Lower School (K-5): 200
Middle School (6-8): 144
High School (9-12): 235
What is the average class size?
While each class size may vary, our goal remains to offer a student-to-teacher ratio that allows each student to succeed at each level of age-appropriate development. All Early Education classes have 14 students and have both a full-time licensed teacher and a teacher’s aide.In elementary, our average class size is 15-18 students. Middle and High School classes vary depending on core classes versus elective classes.
Student/teacher ratio: 10:1
Total Student body in 2016-2017 is 750.
What is the student body diversity?
New Life Academy admits students of any race, color, national or ethic origin to all the rights, programs, and activities made available to students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, athletics or any other school administered programs. In 2016, 23% of our student body are students of color.
As an independent Christian school, our families are members of more than 85 different Christian churches.
Our international program includes 25 students from foreign countries.
What is the uniform or dress code policy?
NLA students in grades K-12 wear uniforms. Uniforms are purchased through Donald’s Uniforms in St. Paul. Families can also purchase NLA spirit-wear through our school store. For our families convenience and to help save money, we offer a used uniform sale every July where families buy and sell uniforms from each other. Read further details about our uniform/dress code policy here.
Are the teachers licensed?
Our faculty are highly qualified in their positions through licensure or advanced training in their academic discipline. Each faculty member participates in professional growth activities to strengthen their skill and expertise. Among our highly qualified staff, 32 percent hold an advanced degree. Additionally, we have implemented a Professional Development program that all teachers participate in.
All of our teachers must give a profession of faith in Christ Jesus during the interview process and serve regularly in their local church.
Does NLA offer before and after school care?
Yes. Eaglet Club is a fun and safe place for kids 3 – 4 years old, Academy Adventures is an engaging and safe place for kids K – 5th grade. Students are not to be in the building after school unsupervised. Further details about our Extended Care programs can be found here.