Upper School Classroom at NYA

Academic Course Load

Academic Course Load
and Course Selection

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NYA offers a rigorous, college-preparatory program, which stresses study in the traditional disciplines. Middle School students carry five yearlong courses plus art, music, and an enrichment course.  Upper School students carry five yearlong courses plus electives. Exceptions must be approved by the Head of Upper School.

Seniors carry five courses in each of two semesters. Under certain circumstances (e.g. multiple Advanced Placement classes), a senior may be granted permission to carry four courses. Exceptions must be approved by the Head of Upper School and the Director of College Counseling.

In addition to the academic curriculum requirements, seniors must also complete a social service project and a senior speech.

Social Service: After the conclusion of senior exams in May, students begin a 40-hour service project as a way to give back to the community. Seniors work with a faculty advisor to secure a volunteer placement and must meet the requirements to complete the project successfully.

Senior Speech: Seniors are required to present a speech to the North Yarmouth Academy community as a way to demonstrate public speaking skills. The presentation must meet the guidelines of the speech advisors. While students have a choice in the topic, their speech must be appropriate for the audience, including family, faculty, staff, and students.