SNA High School

WHERE YOU'RE MORE THAN JUST A NUMBER

(BUT HERE ARE SOME NUMBERS
& OTHER FACTS)

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GUIDED INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES

Our Guided Independent Study courses offer high school students the opportunity to explore areas of interest in conjunction with field study and internship experience. Additionally, students will work closely with an advisor each week to help strengthen certain skills, such as organization, time and project management, study skills, etc. This advisor will collaborate with the supervising teacher and cafe chef to ensure that students are meeting all internship expectations. 

All Independent Studies highlighted below were selected and designed by students, in cooperation with instructors and mentors. These opportunities are available at SNA, as well as that which you dream up!

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INTRODUCTION TO CULINARY ARTS

This field study provides high school students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on work experience in the food service industry. Students participating in this internship opportunity will gain experience in the following areas: principles of nutrition, food safety and storage, menu planning, inventory and purchasing, portioning, presentation, and preparation.  This course is intended for students interested in pursuing a career in culinary arts.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT
(AP) COURSES

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. Students at SNA will be offered the option of taking the following courses for AP credit; grade point averages will be weighted accordingly. Course content will be delivered using a variety of methods that adhere to our SNA educational philosophy.

 
 

SENIOR SPOTLIGHTS

PCCM PATHS

Each SNA high school student is on an educational track as unique as they are. We recognize that there are many paths our students can embark on after graduation, including college, university, career, or more. Our Personalized College & Career Mapping (PCCM) program is designed to set our students up for success. Below, we've highlighted a few of our current and former seniors to give you an example of our diverse PCCM tracks.

Class of 2023

RONAN

Creative & collaborative critical thinker

  • Arrival at SNA: A Newtonian since preschool

  • PCCM Path: College-focused

  • PBL Impact: ​Deftly collaborates and contributes to individual and group successes

    • Part of a SNA team that won 3rd place in a statewide contest for design of New England Electric Bus System (NEEBS)​

    • Drafted proposed legislation (J.A.R.S. Act) with his peers to strengthen regulations of PFAS in local drinking water

  • Beyond SNA: Goal schools - UMASS Amherst, MIT, UNH

Class of 2020

KATHRYN

Empathetic, inclusive, & dedicated 

  • Arrival at SNA: A former Newtonian who re-enrolled when SNA High School was founded for a return to a differentiated learning model

  • PCCM Path: College-focused

  • Guided Independent Study: Early Childhood Education in our sister program, Nature's Pathways at 2nd Nature Academy

  • PBL Impact: ​Completed a group capstone project that involved the initial stages of an ECE-friendly obstacle course

  • Beyond SNA: Accepted into Davis College and SNHU

Class of 2022

RYAN

Inventive mindset with an entrepreneurial spirit

  • Arrival at SNA: Transferred in the 10th grade in the search for an environment and community that would realize his full potential

  • PCCM Path: Career-focused

  • Guided Independent Study: Animal Husbandry with a Focus in Poultry, including field work at Julie's Happy Hens at Trow Heritage Farm (Mont Vernon, NH)​

  • PBL Impact: ​Designed dual-purpose products to address the needs of underserved communities.

    • Part of a SNA team that won 3rd place in a statewide contest for design of New England Electric Bus System (NEEBS)​

    • Designed a rainwater collection system using biomimicry called Pinecone Water Collection System (T.P.W.C.S.)

  • Beyond SNA: ​Graduated into full-time job in desired field 

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