Upper Division Program
Unlike other private junior and high schools in Greensboro, N.C., Noble Academy’s Upper Division Program uses special accommodations, small class sizes and a multi-sensory approach to learning to meet the diverse needs of students from grades 7-12.
While all classes and grade levels are based on the N.C. Standard Course of Study, the teaching staff at Noble Academy ensures that the curriculum is equally accessible to all students by customizing their method of instruction accordingly. Teachers create a safe, supportive learning environment and use it to their advantage, as it helps students learn better.
Areas of Focus and Enrichment
Skill Building is a mini-class first thing in the morning that incorporates movement and academic skills to get our students’ brains ready for the day. Students participate in a variety of games and drills that review math, language arts skills as well as life skills and team building. Students are grouped by advisee groups and some of the classes meet together for larger group activities and discussions. Periodically, the counselor joins the advisee groups to provide lessons from the counseling curriculum. Skill building content is directed towards strategies and skills that will help the student at their particular grade.
All students are placed into an advisee group for the year. Students are arranged into advisee groups by grade. In most cases, the advisor teaches his/her advisees in at least one other class. Students report to their advisor for the first 15 minutes before school starts to ensure readiness for the day. Advisors check for planners to be signed off, pencils to be sharpened, and help take care of any other “business.” Students also return to their advisor at the end of the day for checkpoint. Since advisors see their students so many times during the day, they get to know them very well and can often identify and address global emotional and organizational needs. Advisors usually act as advocates for their advisees and are also often the teacher who is in closest contact with the family.
Since disorganization often goes hand in hand with ADHD and other learning differences, we have many strategies to address this problem. Junior high school students carry the “Perfect Notebook” to all of their classes. The Perfect Notebook is a strategy that is enforced across the board, as all teachers make sure that all handouts are hole-punched, and they leave time at the end of class for students to file their papers before leaving class. Another key part of the Perfect Notebook is the assignment book. At the end of each class, students are responsible for writing down their assignment. Teachers come around to each student and initial that the assignment is written down correctly. At the end of the day, all students attend checkpoint, a seven minute period with their advisor. The advisor’s job at checkpoint is to make sure that students have been signed off in each of their classes and that they have all the materials packed that they need to get their homework done. Students who do not complete their homework stay 20 minutes after school for detention.
Each student at Noble Academy has an Academic Plan. The Academic Plan includes a list of accommodations and modifications that we use at Noble Academy, the Steps to Academic Success that the team is focusing on for the year, and the student’s most recent MAP score. Parent-teacher conferences are held twice per school year to review the Academic Plan, receive the updated MAP scores, and discuss the student’s progress in each class.
To encourage student responsibility, facilitate parent involvement and strengthen teacher-parent communication, all Upper Division Program classes are supplemented by a Haiku LMS online class page and gradebook. Depending on the class and the teacher’s expectations, Upper Division Program students may be asked to access Haiku LMS on a regular basis for information on assignments, supplemental resources, discussions and other e-learning activities.
Technology is integrated across many aspects of the Upper Division Program curriculum to develop students’ word processing, presentation and spreadsheet skills. Classes meet in the computer lab once every one to two weeks to conduct research or complete projects related to classroom coursework. Noble Academy students have access to three computer labs and a mobile laptop cart.
Upper Division Programs
Junior High (Grades 7-9)
Noble Academy’s Junior High Curriculum is divided into several integrated courses of study, including: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Specialists. Guidance is also a pivotal part of academic life. Junior varsity athletic programs are open to every student in grades 5-8. Students in grade 9 are eligible to play on any varsity team.
Senior High (Grades 10-12)
Noble Academy’s Senior High Curriculum is divided into several integrated courses of study, including: English (i.e. American Literature), Math (i.e. Algebra), Science (i.e. Biology), Social Studies (i.e. World History), Physical Education and Health, Foreign Language (Spanish) and Electives. Varsity athletics opportunities are open to every student in grades 9-12.
Learn More About Noble Academy
To discover what makes our private junior and high school in Greensboro, N.C., special and to learn more about the Noble Academy Way, we invite you to visit our school or contact a member of our Admissions team. You may reach our Admissions staff by phone: 336-282-7044 or submit an online request for more information.