Tailored curriculum dedicated to meeting the specialized needs for our NJ students.
New Alliance Academy uses a flexible model in which curriculum is tailored for each student.
New Alliance Academy, working closely with the school district, uses a flexible model in which the curriculum is tailored for each student according to their age, educational experience, cognitive abilities and school history. This takes into account areas in which they excel as well as gaps in previous schooling. All academic courses are facilitated by New Jersey Certified teachers and are aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and Common Core State Standards.
At New Alliance Academy, we believe variety and in-depth study heighten the educational experience of our students. Each academic course meets three days a week for 65-minute classes and one 50-minute class. Each weekday is different.
This research-supported approach to learning allows teachers and students to go deeper into course material, focus on essential questions and thoroughly practice new skills. The schedule allows more time for experiencing the novel in English, the lab in science, and the debate in history. New Alliance Academy students develop 21st century learning skills such as inquiry and problem solving that encourage teamwork and respect for the contributions of all.
Students’ interests and talents beyond academics are nourished through electives. Students may also be able to work on independent study projects, participate in work study, take college courses, and travel beyond school boundaries for enrichment opportunities.
All students are encouraged to participate in their school district’s extra-curricular activities, including team and intramural sports.
Students engage in problem solving, reasoning and proof, representation and making mathematical connections. Prior mathematical knowledge is reinforced to enhance fluency. Problem solving helps students see mathematics as sensible and relevant. Courses begin with Pre-Algebra and can extend to Calculus.
We promote thoughtful engagement with literary and informational texts to build knowledge, enlarge experience, and broaden worldviews. Students engage in the cogent reasoning and use of evidence that is essential to both private deliberation and responsible citizenship.
Students understand that science is an evidence-based, model building enterprise. Courses include biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics, as well as the electives bio-ethics, and anatomy and physiology. All science courses promote active investigation and participation in research groups.
Students think analytically about how cultures, governments, economies, and environments of both past and present shape our heritage as citizens of America and the world. Students value diversity and gain skills to make informed decisions in their communities that reflect core democratic values.
Rosetta Stone and Powerspeak courses are individualized, self-paced, interactive and aligned with state standards. These online courses are blended with face-to-face one to one mentoring to provide a new technology-rich way of learning. Languages offered include Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.
Independent Study with Mentor and Community Service
When students find a topic of special interest, New Alliance Academy offers the empowering chance to engage in deeper exploration facilitated by an academic mentor. Special interest topics have included psychology, sociology, and life management skills. Service to the school and the larger community is encouraged and facilitated by the staff.
Physical Education and Health
Students focus on taking personal responsibility for one’s health through an active, healthy lifestyle that fosters a lifelong commitment to wellness. The indoor classes of our P.E. program take place right in our building at Gold’s Gym, to which each student receives a membership.
By sophomore year, students are given the opportunity to gain their 30 hours of instruction and take the NJDMV test to obtain their driving learner’s permit.
Afternoons are dedicated to arts and expression, exploration of contemporary topics and independent study with mentors. With an extensive array of electives, students are given the opportunity to explore their talents.
New Alliance Academy offers professional college counseling centering on junior and senior years.
Our counselor, Marty Desatnick, Ed.D., has a doctorate in Special Education and Educational Leadership. Dr. Desatnick guides our students and their parents through the process of choosing and applying to the right college. He advises about numerous scholarships and other ways to defray college costs and is available to families throughout the school year.
New Alliance Academy’s transitional services include selection of colleges as well as College Board and/or ACT test accommodations and the PSAT test. New Alliance Academy is a College Board National Test Center.
Our required Senior Seminar includes team-building, leadership skills, practice in resume writing and interviewing and financial literacy and readies our soon-to-be graduates for their next steps.