Diplomas with Distinction
North Yarmouth Academy offers seven diplomas with distinction. With each diploma distinction, students learn to take ownership of both their program and their learning.
Distinction in Music: Performance, Entrepreneurship, and Community
The Distinction in Music: Performance, Entrepreneurship, and Community allows students to develop high levels of musicianship and engage in a significant experiential endeavor connecting music and the community. Students will cultivate a depth of musical aptitude, develop the ability to promote oneself and other musicians, encourage an appreciation for the importance of community and service, and lay the groundwork for lifelong involvement in music. Students create a personal media platform, including a webpage and press kit, and plan and participate in public performances.
Distinction in Global Citizenship
The Distinction in Global Citizenship allows students to become highly proficient in a second language, demonstrate cultural competency, and engage in significant experiential learning in a community other than their own. Experiences associated with this distinction are designed to cultivate empathy, encourage perspective taking, and provide an understanding of oneself within a wider community. As part of this distinction, students compare and contrast multiple communities’ geographic, historical, artistic, social, or political features.
Distinction in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
The Distinction in STEM allows students to become highly proficient in STEM-related coursework and complete a capstone project addressing a real world problem. Participants cultivate a depth of aptitude in STEM, pursue STEM-related interests, learn how all STEM disciplines are mutually functional, encourage an appreciation for the importance of STEM in the community, and lay the foundation for STEM-related college studies. Students participate in an ongoing STEM activity outside of the classroom and address a real-world problem utilizing design-thinking and inquiry, case studies, research, and collaboration with other organizations, students, or community members as part of a capstone project.
Distinction in Outdoor and Environmental Leadership
The Distinction in Outdoor and Environmental Leadership allows students to become highly proficient in outdoor leadership skills and environmental practices, engage in a significant experiential endeavor, and share those skills and experiences with others. Students cultivate advanced level skills in outdoor adventure settings, integrate outdoor experiences into academics, learn to understand oneself within the natural world, and lay the groundwork for lifelong involvement in outdoor adventure and environmental stewardship. Students may choose to pursue either an outdoor leadership or an environmental leadership track.
Distinction in Social Advocacy
The Distinction in Social Advocacy allows students to pursue a course of multidisciplinary studies aimed to foster leadership and creative problem solving while encouraging ethical development. Students will learn to identify and address multileveled social problems while developing skills to be a catalyst for change. As part of this distinction, students are immersed in the history and application of social advocacy, leadership, and character building and work to identify and address current, real-world social problems. Students participate in NYA’s Civil Dialogue group as a facilitator, and conduct an experiential endeavor working to affect social change in the community.
Distinction in Visual Arts
The Distinction in Visual Arts allows students to pursue a course of study where they will become highly proficient the visual arts and complete a finished portfolio that expresses their views of the world around them. These programmatic areas are in service of cultivating breadth and depth of aptitude in visual arts, pursuing passions in this area of study, learning how all artistic disciplines are linked, encouraging an appreciation for the history of art, and laying the foundation for visual art related college studies.
Distinction in Creative Writing
The Distinction in Creative Writing allows students who have demonstrated experience as creative writers (poetry and/or fiction) to pursue a course of study in which they consolidate and extend their practice. In addition to studying the art and process of creative writing, students will be expected to write frequently, eventually assembling a substantial portfolio of original work. Students will also explore the important connection between writer and audience, publishing at least a portion of their writing in print or online and presenting their work to the public in both formal and informal settings. Throughout this process, students will be encouraged to seek writing advice from a professional writer in their chosen area of focus and consult regularly with the DCW advisor as well.