The New Haven Academy Approach
The New Haven Academy model works for students from all educational backgrounds. We combine academic rigor and individual attention in a small learning community to ensure that each student is known well and pushed to meet high standards. For specific details on Academic requirements, please see our Family Handbook.
Magnet Theme Facing History and Ourselves
The school’s magnet theme is based on Facing History and Ourselves, a unique citizenship education program that encourages adolescents and adults to examine profound ethical questions about history, decision-making, prejudice, and violence, and to participate in finding solutions to real-world problems. As a member of the Facing History Innovative Schools Network, we commit to the following common principles.
- We value the complexities of identity and combat prejudice in our school community.
- We integrate intellectual rigor, emotional engagement, and ethical reflection.
- We examine choices of the past and their legacies to inform our choices today.
- We foster dialogue, empathy, and civic participation.
At NHA, we teach students how to think. We have identified six habits that successful critical thinkers employ to explore their world and express their ideas. These include Asking Questions, Finding Evidence, Making Connections,, Recognizing Perspective, Considering Alternatives, and Explaining Relevance. We assess students’ mastery of these habits across all core disciplines at NHA. At every level, we require them to develop and defend original ideas through essays, experiments, debates, and other forms of exhibition. After they complete these projects, students must present, defend, and reflect on them to show their mastery.
Assessment @ NHA
Assessment at NHA prepare students for the kinds of work and thinking required in college and the workplace. Students must successfully earn a number of credits in each discipline by creating a portfolio of Core Assessments demonstrating their ability to do the essential work of that discipline. Students are regularly assessed as a way to inform instruction and to measure progress toward mastery. For more detailed information on our assessment system see page 7 of the Family Handbook.
Students must earn a number of credits in each discipline, creating a portfolio of Core Assessments demonstrating their ability to do the essential work of each discipline. In order to earn credit for a course, a student must successfully complete at least one of each type of Core Assessment and successfully demonstrate all required content knowledge. A student who has not done so is not ready to earn credit in that course. If the student has been responsible, he or she may quality for additional time to continue working in that course. For more information see page 8 of the Family Handbook.
To graduate from NHA, students must successfully earn a number of credits in each discipline. The 9th and 10th grades are built around a core set of year-ling courses. The 11th and 12th grades are modeled on a typical college schedule, featuring semester-based, thematic courses. By 11th grade, students are expected to take an active role in developing their schedules…..more on page 9 of the Family Handbook.
We firmly believe that a student’s ability to explain, discuss, reflect on, and defend their thinking is an essential component of mastery. We expect students to participate in 4 end of year exhibitions, as well as several discipline-based exhibitions during their time at NHA.
9th Grade: Roundtable Portfolio Exhibition – student-led, reflective conferences and panel presentations.
10th Grade: Gateway Portfolio Exhibition – Students present and defend 1 core assessment as evidence of their mastery of critical thinking.
11th Grade: College and Career Portfolio Exhibition – Students participate in a panel discussion and present a portfolio built around the essential questions: Who am I? Where am I going? How do I get there?
12th Grade: Social Action Project – Each student must present and defend all aspects of an independent project that He/she has created to address a social issue or community problem of his or her choice.