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Academic Standards

The District works with faculty to design learning opportunities and assessments for students that are aligned with Pennsylvania’s Department of Education standards frameworks. These include the PA Core Academic Standards for Reading and Math and the PA Academic Standards across various disciplines.

Elementary Curriculum

As a child's first exposure to structured learning, the elementary school experience is a critically important one. Our priority is to engage and excite children about their entire school experience. Building strong academic and social skills during the pivotal K-5 years provides a pathway for long-term success. The emphasis is on providing foundational skills in each core academic area, encouraging curiosity and exploration, fostering academic confidence and enthusiasm and delivering an appropriate balance of individual and group learning settings.

To help ensure competence and a genuine engagement in learning, our elementary school program emphasizes active learning experiences in a nurturing and supportive environment.

Middle School Curriculum

The middle school years are a time of extraordinary social, emotional, physical and academic growth for students. Our focus is on creating a safe, supportive learning environment where students can explore their interests and passions as they navigate the journey from early adolescence to young adulthood. The core middle school academic program includes language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, music, fine and practical arts, technology, health, and physical education. We also have a unique Middle School Advisory program designed to provide our students with intensive support during this pivotal transition period.

With the guidance of highly talented and dedicated staff and the structure of a rigorous, multi-disciplinary curriculum, students enjoy an individualized experience that prepares them to advance through their schooling as independent thinkers and compassionate, responsible global citizens.

High School Curriculum

We offer a variety of academic courses designed to meet the needs and interests of our high school students. Course offerings include a rigorous core curriculum and a variety of elective courses providing many opportunities for students to earn college credit while in high school. During the development of our unique College in the High School program, our high school course syllabi were analyzed and aligned to CCAC courses. This ensures that Northgate High School students have the opportunity to engage in coursework that prepares them for college and career readiness with the option to earn college credit. In their junior year, all students complete a Career Capstone Project that is designed to be a research-based learning experience for each student as they prepare for life after high school.

With the guidance of highly talented and dedicated staff and the structure of a rigorous, multi-disciplinary curriculum, students enjoy an individualized experience that prepares them for success after graduation.

For More Information

Director of Curriculum and Assessment
Dr. Chris Caton
ccaton@northgatesd.net
412-732-3300 Ext. 1101