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Northern Academy of the Arts

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Description of Northern Academy of the Arts

  • Location: Middletown, USA
  • Year of foundation: 1836
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students: more than 200 000
  • Type of education: mixed.

The Northern Academy of the Arts (NAA) is a private art institution that prepares its students for college.

Education is conducted in four areas:

  • Science
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Fine arts.

The school presents more than 130 courses, 80 electives. Students are taught in small classes with an approximate ratio of students to teacher: 7: 1. About 75% of the teaching staff have academic degrees of doctors of science, certification of the laureate of prizes. After graduation from the NAA, students enter the leading universities of the United States and nearby countries: New York University, Trinity College, Bard College, Cleveland Institute of Music, etc.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Northern Academy of the Arts

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All year round
from 45000.00 $ / year
from 45000.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

NAA provides dormitories to those students who take courses in full board mode, i.e. stay in the institution around the clock. Residential buildings divide students on the basis of gender. The buildings are equipped with rooms for several residents, common kitchens, showers and toilets, laundries. Their counselors live in the buildings together with the students.

Local kitchens are staffed by chefs with all sorts of culinary awards. With round-the-clock accommodation, pupils of the school are provided with three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, dinner. On request, it is possible to agree on an individual menu, choose meat or vegetarian dishes. Every day students are provided with fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade cakes.

Activities Northern Academy of the Arts

Student clubs provide forums for communication, development of leadership skills through consultations, seminars, round tables, conferences.

Currently, the school has a Student Council, more than two dozen student clubs:

  • Mathematical Olympiad team
  • Dance, music groups
  • Cooking Club
  • Board Games Club, Chess
  • Yoga, Meditation Community
  • National sports teams.

Students enroll in their chosen clubs at the beginning of each semester. Students are encouraged to participate in excursions, special school events: basketball tournament, dance competitions, musical performances, table tennis tournament, social work to clean the city, provide food for low-income families, etc.

Thanks to excursions, students can visit the largest planetarium in the northern hemisphere, the Metropolitan Museum of Manhattan, the show in Carnegie Hall and Central Park, the nearest mountain ranges, waterfalls, participate in tourist trips to the Catskills in New York.

Every year the school organizes parties for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year, accompanied by a variety of food, games, performances.

Every weekend, students have the opportunity to go to shopping centers, bowling, cinema, as well as use school premises for independent practice, rehearsals.

Places of interest near the campus:

  • Bear Mountain Rink
  • Faust Harrison Piano Factory
  • Sugarloaf Arts and Crafts Village
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Mount Hope Moon Festival
  • New York Aquarium on Coney Island
  • Science Center, Freedom Planetarium in New Jersey
  • Horse riding in the Yukas stables.


  • Accreditation of the Association of Middle States
  • The opportunity to take the course accelerated at high academic performance
  • International students from Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Romania, Switzerland and other countries
  • Winning project programs World Challenge Finland, NASA, UN
  • Individual consultant to each student.

Facilities and equipment at Northern Academy of the Arts

The Academy campus is located in Middletown in the Hudson River Valley. This area is considered a national heritage, one of the 20 best natural places in the world. From the campus you can reach Harriman State Park in 30 minutes, to New York - in 1.5 hours.

For all four destinations on campus there are many places:

  • Dance studios of various specializations: ballet, Chinese dance, ballroom dancing, etc.
  • Art classes with the necessary materials
  • Computer classes for graphics, design, scientific projects
  • Music studios with a set of instruments, musical notations, acoustic materials, etc.
  • Scientific modern STEM laboratories for the design of robots, flying drones, 3D modeling.

A health centre providing medical care is located on site.

The NAA campus is under round-the-clock video surveillance, which guarantees complete peace of mind.

At the institution there is a summer camp for children from 9 to 18 years old. The list of summer programs includes:

  • Robotics, three-dimensional modeling, computer programming
  • Dance, music, visual arts
  • Traditional culture, Chinese, Western languages
  • Chess, preparation for Olympiads, standard exams.

Students can attend the camp with a shift in June-July or July-August. The daily schedule consists of physical educayion , nutrition, thematic classes, excursions.

Admission dates and extra charges

The NAA teaches students in grades 6 to 12 where:

  • Grades 6-8 – Intermediate Level
  • Grades 9-12 – high school.

You can study at the institution in the formats of online, day visits or boarding. The stages of study are measured in credits, where one credit is equal to 180 minutes of class per week, 108 hours of a one-year course. The total number of credits required to graduate from high school is 31.5.

Academically successful NAA students can take a course as an extern or with additional study of advanced material.

The annual fee includes:

  • Full-time form: eduaction, lunches
  • Boarding: tuition, accommodation, three meals a day
  • Homestay: tuition, lunches, accommodation in a host family with a meal plan (additionally will cost $ 8,000-11,000).

Additional annual costs:

  • Accommodation, meals
  • Medical care, insurance
  • Extracurricular activities, rent of premises
  • Books, consumables
  • Personal expenses
  • ESL, language support: $5000
  • School uniform: 350-450$
  • PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP exams: $45 to $200 per exam
  • Excursions: from 350$
  • International fee for international students: 2000$.

Summer camp will cost $ 70-450 per week, depending on the chosen activities.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

In January, open days, excursions around the campus are held. Applications are accepted until January 15.

To enter the NAA, you must provide:

  • Fill in the application form on the official website
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Transcript of success in the previous place of study
  • Recommendations from teachers of English, mathematics
  • + Attend the entrance interview.

International applicants must provide:

  • Questionnaire with basic, family information
  • Transcript of success in the previous place of study
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Non-refundable fee of $80 (receipt)
  • International fee: $3000 (receipt)
  • Visa, passport, bank statement, income certificate
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers of mathematics, English
  • + Online interview.

Scholarships Northern Academy of the Arts

The NAA is committed to providing financial aid to qualified students based on needs and merits. Financial assistance is usually provided on an annual basis with the possibility of extension.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
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- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
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- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
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