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Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy

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Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $164,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $780.

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Posted June 7, 2013

When we moved here our child attended Northpoint for one semester. We felt the academics were very lacking (especially in core subjects), and my daughter felt she did not learn anything. She a hard time catching back up academically when she transferred, due to learning so little during the time she was at Northpoint, particularly in math. Northpoint is open and accepting as long as you agree with their viewpoint. If you child needs an alternative environment, this might be the place, and that seems to be the type of student Northpoint is trying to attract. If you want an academically challenging environment to prepare your child for the future, this is probably not the place. I liked several of the teachers a lot. I did not like the principal at all. I still believe that expeditionary learning is a neat idea, and could be a wonderful method of learning.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 28, 2011

My daughter has attended NELA for 2 1/2 years now and I have seen her mature into not only a responsible young lady but one who is very self disciplined and interested in learning and her community/ and even world events. I believe NELA has fostered all that in her through their unique teaching methods, their encouragement for her to put forth only her best. There is a great student/teacher ratio and she always feels like she has someone to turn to for academic and even personal support. She not only looks forward to their national and international expeditions she comes back a changed person, more confident with herself and more comfortable with those around her. This school does require that each student apply themselves and be responsible productive community members of the school, and if they do- the payoff is fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 27, 2011

NELA was a great high school for my son. He had been academically successful though out his previous years, but was often bored and got into trouble behaviorally. NELA kept him busy and challenged and gave him incredible experiences, like national and international travel, to work towards. Currently, he has laughed at the fact that other college students find it hard to write a 3 page paper a week for English class. He has mentioned that NELA definitely prepared him for writing college papers with ease.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 27, 2011

NELA was a great fit for my son. He learned to write very well, debate with confidence and make excellent presentations. He developed wonderful friends and still stays in touch with them. His relationships with his teachers were close and caring. He was prepared for college and received a full tuition scholarship to a private college in Iowa for his scholarship and service record. He has made straight A's his first semester and adjusted to college well. He was more prepared than most of his peers. A great school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 23, 2011

Where do I start??? I love this school so much, I have attended this school for 2 years and can not believe how much fun it has been. The teachers are always wonderful. They have created a safe environment to learn, interesting methods of teaching and have established great communication with both the parents and the students. Other great aspects of the school, are the traveling opportunities. They have kept me engaged and excited to learn more. I can honestly say this school is a gift and I recommend it to any student, looking for a more interactive, fun, safe and inspirational school
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 15, 2011

I go to NELA and I absolutely love it there. The students are all amazing, the teachers really care for your grades, your leaning experience, and your success at Northpoint. Nela is like a big family away from home..
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 24, 2011

Both of our sons that have attended Northpoint have received thousands of dollars worth of scholarships, an education that allows them to think, question and probe, and the opportunity to learn in out-of-classroom settings. I cannot recommend Northpoint highly enough.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 3, 2011

Northpoint is an exceptional school. I was once under the impression that it was a "new age" liberal school, but in my experience it is an innovative and incredibly effective way of learning. Students learn much more than they would at a traditional high school (such as Prescott High School), and end up being far better prepared for a college environment. I would recommend this school to almost all students.

Posted October 29, 2010

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Posted October 12, 2010

It is a great school that kids can learn a lot more real life related knowledge through experiences.And the kids who attend the Northpoint do love and enjoy the school very much!
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Posted July 10, 2010

Before choosing to attend Northpoint I was under the impression that it was another "liberal Arts" type school that is mainly focused on modern issues, environmental sciences, and the arts. But instead I only found local politics, controversy, and Liberal fascism. I was extremely dissapointed with the curiculum particularly because one of the main reasons I chose Northpoint was for more of an art program, and they do have great art class and a great art teacher but it is only offered 2 semesters of 2 years. Despite the common stereotype that Northpoint opens all kinds with open minds and open hearts, from staff and students alike I found no such thing. I have no interest in targeting or naming names, but as far as Principal leadership there was much false accusations and narcissistic criticism towards the student body, and particular students, myself included. Northpoint made one hell of dropout.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 27, 2010

What can I say, fantastic. I have vocally hated school since kindergarten but now, as a freshman at NELA, I love it. Would you ever imagine a high school kid counting the days until summer vacation is OVER? I am. Not only are the teachers top-notch, the education method is perfect for me. We don't just memorize things so we can take a test and then forget, we really learn. I scored a perfect score on both the math and language arts portions of the AIMS test last year, I study quantum physics and computer programing in my free time, and, based on the standardized tests I've taken over the years, I am in the top 0.01 percent of all students IN THE COUNTRY. Even so, I find myself learning new things and improving every day here. Send your kids here if you want a great school. You won't regret it.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 25, 2009

I have been at Northpoint since freshmen year. Im currently a junior i feel that Northpoint is preparing me for my future. I dont think i would of become the person I am today if it wasn't for the school and teachers. I enjoy the community my school has built it might not be a big school but i feel that every student and teacher has a part at Northpoint. -Junior class of 2011-
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 25, 2009

i am currently a sophomore at NELA and i feel that i can achieve my dreams here and succeed far in life. there are a couple students here at NELA that are not so pleased by the dress code and do not want to be seen with NELA. i feel confident and respected when i am seen with NELA. i enjoy all of my teachers and classes. people s ay that they hate the principal Geneva, when she does what she does to benefit us and our futures and i would like to say thank you to her and mrs.liddle and ms.reynolds for all of the stuff they do to help us out. well thanks to eveyone who helps keep NELA going. i cant wait to graduate form here and move on in life<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3 go class of 2012 we rock.... yes mr haggerty i said rock jk lol love ya
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 3, 2009

I believe Morthpoint offers an excellent alternative to the 'standard' high school. Students get to travel and immerse themselves in current issues. My daughter loves it!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2009

It is a great environment with a really advanced and original teaching method.

Posted May 1, 2009

Last year, thanks to Northpoint, I sat in on a U of A class covering similar material to what I had been studying at my school. I felt like I was quite prepared academically, and was actually surprised at the lack of students contributing to the discussion. Northpoint is great!
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 18, 2009

I have been attending Northpoint since my freshman year, and I am currently a junior. I am the person I am today because of what I have experienced at Northpoint, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I spent a short time at PHS in my freshman year, and although it is a good school, it was just not for me. I love that Northpoint embraces the fact that each student has different learning styles, and that we get to experience what we are learning in the classroom first-hand, out in the field. I am learning everything required by state standards, as my standardized test scores show, but I am also learning real world skills that I will be using my whole life. I am so glad this community and our school district gave Northpoint a chance three years ago, and I know it was a good decision.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 27, 2009

I am currently a junior at Northpoint. I love it. Never before have I been so invested in my own education. Northpoint has taught me how to be a good student and person. This school is a great fit for me. I am able to receive individualized attention from each of my teachers. We are constantly working on college preparation work. Students within the community are accepted for who they are. This school is amazing. I am very grateful I have the opportunity to attend it.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 26, 2009

I am a freshman at NELA and I hate it. Northpoint is not preparing me academically with basic reading, writing, math skills. Everyone hates the uniforms and everyone is embarressed to go out in public with them on.
—Submitted by a student

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The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

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Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 42%
Hispanic 12% 43%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A47%
Female 43%N/A49%
Male 57%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Prescott, AZ 86301
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