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Frequently Asked Questions


Does Northgate offer flexible enrollment? When can I get started in my online courses?

At Northgate Academy, we are pleased to offer open enrollment and fast access to your online courses. Students will generally have course access within a few hours after enrollment. Courses with digital textbooks are available almost immediately. Some courses have a hard copy textbook, which will take a few days to ship and reach your home. You will always have access to courses same or next business day.

Is Northgate Academy recognized and accredited?

Northgate Academy is a private, Minnesota high school and is a division of Excel Education Systems. Northgate Academy holds candidacy status for accreditation with AdvancED, the parent organization of the North Central Association CASI, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools CASI, and the Northwest Accrediting Commission. Our accrediting agency is recognized by the State and U.S. Department of Education.

AdvancED is a nationally recognized accrediting agency dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide. AdvancED provides accreditation, research, and professional services to 34,000 schools and school systems—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations.

Parents and interested community members can learn more about the AdvancED Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org

Can I use my diploma to attend college, university or gain employment?

Graduating from a legitimate, recognized high school has significant benefits. The main benefit is that your high school diploma and credits earned will be recognized by schools, colleges, universities and employers across the nation. You can be confident that once you graduate, you will be proud to have a recognized and legitimate high school diploma.

Can I transfer credits earned at Northgate Academy to another high school?

Credits earned at our school are transferable to other public and private high schools. Acceptance of transfer credits is always up to the receiving institution.

Will previously earned credits transfer to Northgate Academy?

Yes, we will transfer credits from State recognized accredited public and private high schools and colleges.

Do you offer a GED®?

No, we are a high school and we offer an official high school diploma. A GED® test credential or other equivalency programs cannot be earned online. If you are in need of a GED® test credential, you should check with your State Department of Education.

Are all of the courses and programs completed online?

Yes, all of our courses and programs are completed entirely online. All course materials textbooks, video lectures, quizzes, tests, writing projects, etc. are accessed 100% online. *Please note that some courses may require a hardcopy textbook, which would be shipped to the student at no cost.

Can I work at my own pace?

Yes. Our curriculum is designed to allow you to progress at a pace that is right for you. Students are able to work ahead or take more time as needed in their courses.

Are my courses really accessible anytime, anywhere?

Yes. Our courses are accessible to students from anywhere in the world that has an Internet connection. Our courses can even be conveniently accessed from anywhere you have access to the Internet.

How long does it take to finish a program?

The time it takes to finish a program depends on the program you choose and the number of hours you are able to study each week. In other words, it’s up to you how fast you want to move through the program. You set your own pace. We find that high school students typically complete a school year in within 6-8 months. High school aged students generally follow a traditional school calendar year. Adults tend to move at a slightly faster pace.

What do Northgate Academy courses look like?

Our courses are very interactive and engaging. Our courses are created by subject matter experts and are aligned with National standards. Please contact the school office for a demo course.

Is teacher support available if I need help?

Yes, we have a state-certified teaching staff available to help you. Students are able to connect with instructors via email, phone and skype for support. We also have an online math tutoring center, so students are able to get synchronized math support with a live, certified math tutor.

How can I contact a Northgate Academy instructor?

Simply contact the school office and get connected with a friendly and helpful instructor.

After graduating, how soon will I receive my diploma and official transcript?

Your official high school diploma and official transcripts will be mailed to you within one week after you graduate.

How involved do I need to be as a parent?

Parents know their child better than anyone else. Northgate Academy provides all of the tools necessary for students to enjoy an engaging high school experience. We do recommend that parents play an active role in supporting their child. Parents are provided parent access to the Canvas LMS to review assignments and grades in real time. Parents have instant access to course progress.

What are Northgate Academy’s admissions requirements?

Students enrolling into Northgate Academy’s Online High School Diploma program must be age 14 or older. Northgate Academy also offers an adult high school diploma for students age 18+. We are here to serve all student and provide those in need with a quality, Christian-based high school education.

Who can enroll into Northgate Academy?

Teens and adults of all ages can enroll into Northgate Academy. We serve students in many nations with an affordable high school diploma.

Is there an age limit?

Students must be age 14 and have completed 8th grade to enroll at Northgate Academy. For adults, there are no age limits at Northgate Academy. Our programs are open to students of all ages, including adults. You are never too old to earn a high school diploma.

How do I enroll?

Enrollment is fast and easy. Simply choose your program, complete the online enrollment, make your initial tuition payment. Once enrolled, you will be given course access within hours. CLICK HERE to Enroll. 

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When can I start? Is there a deadline for enrollment?

You can start immediately and there is no deadline for enrollment. We offer rolling enrollment so you can complete the online enrollment form and start today if you wish. Enrollment is available online 24/7. We enroll students year-round, including summers.

Can I enroll if I withdraw from my current school in the middle of the school year?

Yes, we have year-round, open enrollment which allows you to enroll at any time it is convenient for you.

Can I be enrolled in Northgate Academy and my current high school at the same time?

Yes, on a part time basis. If you plan to attend Northgate Academy and your local public school concurrently, you must communicate your intention with you current school’s administration, such as your school counselor, principal or registrar for course planning purposes. Students are not permitted to be enrolled full time at two schools simultaneously.

Can non-US citizens attend Northgate Academy?

Yes! Northgate Academy accepts students from all over the world. We currently serve students in over 50-nations. We find that our international students enjoy the benefit of earning an American High School Diploma.

I went to a school located outside the United States. Will you accept transcripts from other countries?

Northgate Academy accepts transfer credits from other US accredited high schools. At this time, we do not accept credits from outside the American education system.

What is the tuition cost?

The cost varies from program to program. Please refer to the tuition page for more information. Our standard (9-12) high school diploma is $ 1500 per school year. We offer monthly payment plans of $ 150. Credit Recovery or summer school courses are only $ 199 each. The adult high school program is $ 1500 total before any discounts are applied. You will likely find that Northgate Academy is one of the more affordable online schools. Don’t let the lower price fool you. We pride ourselves on offering high-quality services at affordable prices. As a larger online school district, with thousands of students, we are able to keep our prices low.

What is your refund policy?

Our refund policy is very simple. Students have 5-days to test drive our program. Students wishing to drop within 5-days will be issued a full refund. Once the 5-days have passed, we will not issue a refund. Please read the enrollment agreement before enrolling. We will provide exceptional counseling services, and demo courses access, to assists families with the decision-making process as to whether Northgate is a good fit.

What are the graduation requirements at Northgate Academy?

Each program offered has different graduation requirements. Northgate offers a 21.5 standard high school diploma and a 24 credit university prep diploma. Our graduation requirements are aligned with State Department of Education standards.

What is your policy on Academic Integrity?

Any form of academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The school will respond vigorously to all violations of this policy. Please see the Northgate Academy catalog to review the entire policy.

Does Northgate offer IEP Services or Special Education Support?

Online high school courses at Northgate Academy are asynchronous and independent study by nature, which means that students are often working through their courses independently. Our online courses are specifically designed in this format for the sake of offering a flexible, self-paced learning environment. Students requiring IEP or Special Education services often require more hands-on support, and we find that online courses are not always a good fit in this case. As such, Northgate Academy does not employ paraprofessionals for IEP or Special Education services, and we are not able to support students with learning disabilities.

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